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Applied Existential Psychotherapy Training (AEP): Individual, Relational, and Group Modules
The Training: AEP is an experiential psychodynamic therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches.
Details: In this training, you will learn to attend to the Here and Now in a way that that produces immediacy and authentic relationship. You will also learn to deepen to emotional states and family of origin issues that move clients to profound change. Body and process are emphasized along with verbal material and content.
The workshop includes both experiential and didactic components. Demonstrations, videos, experiential exercises, and practice provide the opportunity to learn the skills of an in-depth approach that facilitates deep-level personal transformation. AEP work can be integrated with other approaches to allow for more immediacy in the therapeutic encounter.
Classes meet twice a month on Saturday afternoons (noon to 6:15) from April 2013 to April 2015. Videos allow you to follow the material if you must miss a class.
Modules may be taken individually or together.
Location: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305
Dates: Saturday afternoons, April 2013 - April 2015
Time: noon to 6:15 pm (first 15 minutes social time)
Cost: $4500 for all 3 modules (Go to individual modules to register for each training individually. Cost is $1500 per module. It is possible to arrange a payment plan and to pay per group. Cost for all groups is $25 per hour or $150 for a 6-hour training group.)
Discount: 15% discount if you register and pay by March 15 2013 for all 3 modules (10% discount for early registration for each module separately)
Workshop Leader: Betty Cannon, Ph.D., Boulder Psychotherapy Institute President and founder, is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist. She is the originator of Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). She has worked with individuals, couples and groups for over thirty years and trained psychotherapists for over twenty years. She holds doctorates in both literature and psychology. She is Professor Emerita at the Colorado School at Mines and Adjunct Professor at Naropa University and Regis University. Dr. Cannon is a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals: Sartre Studies International, Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, and Existential Analysis. She is an internationally known author, lecturer and workshop presenter. She is the author of many journal articles and book chapters on existential therapy. Her book, Sartre and Psychoanalysis, is considered a classic in existential psychology. She is the executive contributing editor for the section on Existential Psychoanalysis for the Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis.
Assistant: Robyn Chauvin, M.A., L.P.C., is a senior member of the teaching faculty at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. She has 17 years experience and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, certified AEP therapist, and Board Certified Music Therapist. She has varied experience in hospice, inpatient psychiatric, and private practice psychotherapy. She is adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University. Her approach and methodologies include Gestalt, Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, and The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Of particular interest is working towards wholeness with persons facing internalized oppression or complicated trauma. Ms. Chauvin is currently writing a book on Gender Construction and Freedom: An AEP Approach.
Module I AEP Individual Therapy (60 hours) - April-Oct 2013 (no class in July)
History and Influences on AEP: Gestalt Therapy, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Rogerian Nondirectional Therapy, Body Oriented Psychotherapy, Trauma Work, Existential Philosophy
Model of the Psyche: Perls and Sartre - Consciousness as No Thing; Perls - Five Layers of the Neurosis
Direction of Change in Therapy: Moving from the Spirit of Seriousness to the Spirit of Play
Five Pillars of AEP: Un-knowing, Awareness, Contact, Experiment, Choice.
Emphasis on Body Awareness: Mirroring the Body
The Language of Responsibility (Response-ability)
Polarities and the Division between Reflective and Prereflective Consciousness
Typical Stages of an AEP Working: Deepening to Family of Origin Issues and Back Again
Defenses as Boundary Disturbances: Introjection, Projection, Retroflection, Deflection, Confluence, Identification with the Aggressor, Projective Identification, Denial, Dissociation, Splitting, Reaction Formation, etc.
The Cycle of Awareness: Sensation, Awareness, Mobilization, Action, Final Contact, Satisfaction, Withdrawal
Unfinished Business: Transference and Countertransference in an AEP Setting
AEP Work with Dreams: Enacting the Dream
AEP Work with Trauma: Meaning and Despair
Psychodynamic Issues in AEP: The Family of Origin and Developmental Conflicts
Existential in AEP: Nothingness as the Ground for Change
Module II AEP Group Training (60 hours) - November 2013-April 2014 (no class in January)
Varieties of Group Therapy and the AEP Model: Psychodynamic, Existential/Humanistic, Gestalt, Eclectic
Structure and Safety in Group Therapy: Check-ins and Check-outs. Rules and Norms
Beginning a Group: Facilitating an Atmosphere of Safety and Challenge
Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Working, Ending
Levels of Intervention in Groups: Group, Interpersonal, Intrapsychic
Transference in Groups
Countertransference in Groups
Resistance and Defenses in Groups
Authentic Relatedness in Groups
Dream Work in Groups
Psychodynamic Issues in Groups
Existential Issues in Groups
Co-Leading Groups: Advantages and Disadvantages and How to Make it Work
Group Management Issues
Multicultural Issues in Groups
Cultivating Genuine Reciprocity
Module III AEP Relational Training (60 hours) - November 2014-April 2015
Transference in Couples Work
Countertransference in Couples Work
Working with Defenses with Couples
Moving between the Interpersonal and the Intrapsychic
Working with the Romantic and the Erotic
Sexuality: Body and Meaning
Alternative Relationship Styles: Same Sex Couples, Bisexuality, Transexuality, Polyamory
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