Wed, 15 May|
NARCISSISTIC TRAPS, SNAGS AND DILEMMAS AT THE HEART OF THERAPY
This popular workshop is repeated for the tenth time (over 150 CAT practitioners have attended in the past three years). It goes to the therapeutic core of loss and recovery of healthy selves in societies which can be simultaneously enabling, deeply disorganising and narcissistically challenging.
Time of Event
15 May 2024, 09:30 – 13:00 BST
About the Event
What are the ideas?
- Narcissism permeates all aspects of contemporary society and can distort our individual and collective ambitions, achievements and sensitivity to our own and others' feelings. It shows up in relationships as imbalances of power, entitlement, overvaluation of ideas, crushed feelings and threats of denigration and contempt.
- It operates as a toxic defence against or bypassing of shame, vulnerability and emotional disorganisation. It operates in our cultures and social systems as well as our interpersonal, group and inner lives.
- Healthy forms of narcissism (self-assertion, appropriate pride and delight and expression) can get entangled with harmful forms of idealisation, binary prejudice and division.
- Whilst the more divisive and extreme forms of narcissism are relatively easy to recognise even if challenging to treat or oppose, there can be a narcissistic element to all our coping strategies. The narcissistic element can trap, divide and thwart us internally and externally and we lose ourselves in restrictive patterns of relating that can be mapped as traps, dilemmas and snags for our sense of self, agency and identity.
What can I learn, try out and take away?
- A broader more attuned sense of narcissism in the relationship within around and between us can help work with the whole self alongside solving therapeutic problems.
- The target problem patterns at the heart of CAT therapy can be seen in the context of narcissistic processes.
- By thinking in terms of overvalued roles and inflated or deflated ideas narcissism can be demystified and made a mor ordinary part of therapy.
- By locating narcissism as the opposite to relational awareness and narrative freedom the core philosophy of CAT practice can be revitalised.
- Participants should go away with new ways of thinking about and working with narcissism in their everyday practice; as well as the risks of narcissism in the therapist, their model of working, their professional role and model of working.
Who is it for?
- This half-day CPD event is for therapists and counsellors and people in the mental health professions.
- Participants will try out a series of simple diagrammatic exercises step by step that can be taken away and used in various contexts.
- They may find a renewed appreciation of the transparency, simplicity and versatility of CAT as an over-arching framework for therapy.
Steve Potter is a psychotherapist and a life member of ACAT and works as a therapist, supervisor and teacher. He is the author of two books on therapy.
- Ticket type
Payment is for attendance of one person and for workshop reading and teaching materialsPrice£55.00