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Relational Theory

In Psychotherapeutic Practice

A 90min talk followed by questions, answers and discussion.

Continuing Education credit eligible

Wednesday, May 21st, 6:30pm



-Introduction to the fundaments of Relational Theory

-The role of countertransference, enactment, and use of emotion

-On the value of making mistakes



Relational theory argues that the most important agent of change in psychotherapy is the interpersonal relationship between the client and therapist. Through the here-and-now engagement between two people, the client's core emotional-relational patterns can be invoked into the therapy. Only this way--by bringing the client's relational patterns alive in the room--can therapy get to the heart of the matter. Making an important departure from classical theory, Relational theory argues that the therapist must allow herself to participate in the relationship, making use of her emotional responses to the client as well as her creativity and spontaneity. Above all, Relational theory makes room for the therapist and client to make mistakes together. Through making mistakes, coming to understand these mistakes, repairing them, and forgiving each other, a new, flexible, resilient model of relating is created between therapist and client.



Presented by David Thompson.

Free for students/psychology interns, $10 suggested donation for others.

Drinks and snacks provided.

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