PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POINTS & PEER SUPERVISION
Earn a total of 20 hours of Professional Development Points (PACFA and AHA approved)
Replenish Soulful Retreats for Therapists has been recognised and approved by PACFA and AHA to accrue your yearly professional development points. So, in addition to the benefits of taking time out for you, connecting with other like-minded therapists, relaxing, having fun and immersing yourself in the luxurious and peaceful surrounds of St Josephs Spiritual Retreat centre at Kincumber, you will also gain 20 accredited Professional Development Points through both PACFA and AHA.
Sessions will be available throughout the retreat for you to attend to increase your skills in the following areas:
- Working creatively with Neuroplasticity – In this session we will demystify the brain, the different parts of the brain and what they mean. With the use of visuals using a mandala, you will find creative ways to work with your clients so they can rewire their brain and change their life.
- Incorporating Meditation and Mindfulness into your practice – You will have many opportunities to personally experience Meditation and Mindfulness yourself throughout the retreat. So not only will you come from place of knowing the benefits yourself, you will also learn about the benefits of these practices throughout the sessions, so you can educate and pass on these practices with your clients.
- Using Gestalt techniques- working with our guest presenter, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Phil Oldfield, you will have the opportunity to experience and witness what it is like to work using a phenomenological approach with your clients. Working in a group environment, Phil will also explore awareness and working from a Field perspective.
What is Gestalt Therapy and how will my clients benefit from this therapy?
The word Gestalt means to unify as a whole, hence, Gestalt Psychotherapy emphasizes and honors the unity of mind, emotions, body and soul.
Gestalt therapy works through the interconnection of the following key concepts
Holism – Works on integrating the mind, body and soul. Builds awareness of how you are in relationship to others, while bringing awareness of past, present and future hopes and how this impacts upon current experiences.
Present centred awareness – Promotes self-awareness and focuses on how you support yourself and others. The key focus is on supporting you to relate, embody and live in the here and now.
Working in a creative and experiential way – Works with your present experience and is highly creative and flexible, while concentrating on the process. Profound shifts are possible by using a collaborative and experiential approach.
Respect and Relationship – The Gestalt therapist offers support and respect, which allows the client to feel safe and comfortable to explore emotions. Hence, the interpersonal relationship between the client and the therapist is developed and nurtured in the sessions. Gestalt also honours and acknowledges any areas of resistance.
Choice and flexibility - The goal is to become aware of what you are doing, how you are doing it, how you can change, and at the same time, to learn to accept and value yourself.
Emphasis on experience – Working with your client using a Gestalt approach, you focus on here and now experiences in relation to the client’s body sensations, emotions, behaviours, perceptions, ideas and memories. Gestalt therapy offers respect and curiosity about what you are noticing with the client.
Opportunity for some personal Development
Phil Oldfield and Tamika will co facilitate this process group. Working intuitively with the energetic field, allows space for a group member to do some personal work, which may include Gestalt techniques such as empty chair work and experiential exercises. A fabulous opportunity to either experience or observe Gestalt techniques in action.
Incorporating Resource Therapy techniques (optional session)
In this session you will learn the basic skills and techniques of Resource therapy. You will gain some insight and information into how to access and incorporate different internal resources, so your client can build awareness and feel more integrated. Whilst you will learn some basic techniques so you can start to apply this powerful and transformational therapy with your clients, please note that to become a fully qualified Resource therapist, additional training is required. This short session will give you a glimpse into the power of Resource therapy. It will be practical, interactive and will provide you with immediate and effective techniques for resourcing your clients.
Please note that to be qualified as a Resource Therapist, there is a requirement to complete more training. However, this optional session is designed to introduce you to working with Resource States and provide you with basic skills, so that you can begin applying some Resource State techniques with your clients.
What is Resource Therapy and how will my clients benefit from this therapy?
Resource Therapy was developed by Professor Gordon Emmerson combining his knowledge of psychology, advanced ego state therapy and his life work.
Resource Therapy very much aligns with Gestalt Therapy insomuch as it is based on the individual being made up of different parts and works towards integration of these parts. In Resource Therapy, these parts are called our Resources. We all have many inner Resources available to support us.
Often you will hear people say things like ‘there is a part of me that wants to do --- and there is another part that does not want to ----. An example of this might be the part that wants to move forward and be motivated and there is another part that cannot be bothered.
The Pixar movie, ‘Inside Out’ is a very clever movie which gives us a lovely example of how sometimes one part can ‘take over’ and how all parts are necessary and have a role.
Using the metaphor of a bus and in that bus we have all of our different parts – the happy part, sad part, angry part, motivated part, fearful part etc, often due to life circumstances, one part, perhaps being the fearful or anxious part, gets into the driver’s seat and takes over.
Resource therapy allows you to work with your client with that unwanted part (example, fear or anxiety) and support that part by bringing awareness onto the fact that part longer needs to hold onto whatever caused it to initially feel that way.
This is a very empowering process for your client, as they can negotiate a more useful role for that part as well as bringing into awareness other underutilised parts that can be supportive, for example, the more trusting or calm part.
For further information on Resource Therapy, please see the following links: