Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Trainings and Distinguished Guest Workshops

Workshops in individual, group or couples therapy may be taken separately or as part of our 300-hour program leading to Advanced Certification in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). Each workshop offers a Certificate of Completion for that class. Some distinguished guest workshops are open to the general public as well as to mental health professionals and graduate students.

AEP Group Training: Module III

Sat, Sep 28 - Sat, May 16 2020

Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

Working with groups is both an art and a science. This workshop combines techniques drawn from Gestalt, existential, psychodynamic, body-oriented and systems approaches to group. Group members observe and experience groups and practice leading the group in a safe learning environment. Group Therapy is a largely untapped resource for private practice building. It is more cost effective for clients and highly effective as a modality for therapy - if you have the training and experience needed to keep groups going. This class is both didactic and experiential. You will learn about the principles of group therapy, watch videos and live demonstrations, do exercises designed to increase your skill level, and get an opportunity to co-lead the group. Space is limited and the workshop is filling up - so please go ahead and register and pay if you'd like us to hold you a space!

This workshop is full, but you can sign up to be placed on the Wait List.

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Ongoing Groups

In addition to Training Groups and and Distinguished Guest Workshops, Boulder Psychotherapy Institute offers a set of small groups as part of our Advanced Certification Program in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP).

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Future Trainings and Workshops — Dates TBA

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Becky DeGrossa, BPI - 303 494 0393

A predictable way of getting clients eludes most private practice owners. The yearning to become a successful private practice therapist is often met with the frustration of not being able to attract enough clients. Even when clients do materialize, these bounties are followed by long periods of "new client drought". This turns the excitement of the private practice journey into a doubt-filled trip that feels like it will never end. The good news is that unpredictable client flow is simply due to the lack of a reliable system, and it can be fixed. This workshop will first give you an understanding of how potential clients look for therapists. Once you understand the different paths they take to find help, you will realize how and where you can insert yourself into their journey. In fact, you will see how you can not only appear in front of them, but you can ensure that they feel delighted to have found you -- the perfect therapist for them! The system being taught in this workshop will enable you to make this happen "on repeat" for an array of ideal clients you wish to serve. Once you put this system in place, you'll then be able to simply focus on doing good work, because your ideal clients will appear on an ongoing basis.

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AEP Approach to the Body, Character Strategy and Trauma: Module VI

Date TBA

Betty Cannon and Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

**The Workshop:** AEP works with the lived body to explore ways in which meaning shows up in body stance, movement, gesture, facial expression and voice. We will explore Reichean/bioenergetic approaches to character strategy--looking at the ways in which our ways of living our lives show up in and help fashion our bodies. We will explore various modalities for working with trauma, adding to these an existential perspective on trauma as loss of meaning. We will also focus on integrating work with the body and trauma within a broader therapeutic perspective. We will pay particular attention to choosing appropriate levels of intervention (body, emotion, meaning) in working with clients with different character structures. We will also consider the question of when cathartic work is appropriate and when it is not - a question that students studying trauma approaches frequently ask.

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AEP Dream Training: Module V

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Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

This training provides practitioners with hands-on experience working with their personal dreams and facilitating others. We will demonstrate dream work and review the AEP dream process as well as coach participants in facilitating one another's dreams. Professional issues in dream work are discussed alongside the existential, personal and transpersonal scope of the dream. We will explore various creative approaches in working with dreams. Prior experience with AEP or Gestalt is recommended.

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AEP Relational Training: Module II

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Betty Cannon and Reed Lindberg, BPI - 303 494 0393

Research shows that couples and relationship counseling is the least effective form of therapy. 
We offer an approach, based in a profound philosophy, that avoids the pitfalls of other therapies. Applied Existential Psychotherapy supports and elaborates the conclusion that John Gottman came to through longitudinal research with couples: Facilitation and support for individual and mutual meaning-creation is (or ought to be) at the heart of relational therapy. Using Jean-Paul Sartre's existential phenomenology, we teach you to invite clients to explore the twin poles of human existence: freedom and facticity (the circumstances of our lives) as these impact our relationships and ourselves.

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AEP Theory: Roots, Philosophy, and Clinical Theory: Module IV

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Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393

This training meets once a month on Friday afternoons, 4 to 8:15, November to October (no class in January or July). Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt and other experiential therapies. We will explore the theoretical background of AEP - including roots, philosophy and clinical theory. Sources will include Betty's book on Sartre and Psychoanalysis along with many articles and book chapters on existential philosophy, psychoanalysis and Gestalt. New material will include chapters in progress from the book Betty is writing with Reed Lindberg, In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). Videotapes and experiential exercises will demonstrate didactic material.

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