Recording – Presenter: Brian Gabriels (2 hours – Category B)

Reconnecting courageously through responsibility


In January 2013, my wife and I separated. On 25 December 2015, our divorce was official. In July 2022, we reconnected, and on 30 November that same year, we remarried. This is where I would like to say we set off into the sunset and lived happily ever after. Instead, the process of taking responsibility that guided our reconnection continues to unfold. When faced with disagreement, often in the face of my shortcomings, the invitation from responsibility asks, “will you lean into discomfort with courage and take responsibility”? Each day I strive to answer in the affirmative and move beyond my earlier failure to choose the response-able options on offer.

In this workshop, I will draw on personal experience to consider the virtue of responsibility in effecting change, and the duty we bear as therapists each time we step into the therapeutic space. Additionally, we will consider the notion that change is, in part, informed by our therapeutic being. And finally, we will reflect on the utility of the serenity prayer as a structure for helping us empower clients to choose responsibility: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


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