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Monday, 13 November 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00

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Unconscious Relational Patterns, Cumulative Neglect, and Therapeutic Involvement

A one-day training workshop with Dr Richard G. Erskine

London 13 November 2017, Monday

9:30 – 17:00


Unconscious systems of psychological organisation and self-regulation are developed by our clients as a consequence of cumulative failures in significant, dependent relationships. Unconscious relational patterns may be ‘perceived’ by the client as physiological tensions, incomprehensible affects, longings and repulsions. In this context, the therapist’s sensitivity to and understanding of unconscious experiential conclusions, and the unique relational nature of therapeutic involvement is essential for an in-depth therapy of archaic relational patterns, current relational disturbances and fixated systems of psychological organisation.

At this unique and practical training workshop, Dr Richard Erskine draws on an integrative therapeutic and relational psychotherapy approach that encompasses the primary dimensions of human functioning: cognitive, behavioural, affective and physiological, each within a relational system; that allows us as therapists in helping the client to assimilate and harmonise the contents of his or her ego states, relax the defence mechanisms, relinquish the life script, and reengage the world with full contact. It is the process of making whole: taking disowned, unaware, unresolved aspects of the ego and making them part of the cohesive self.

Through lecture, case vignettes and clinical discussions, the workshop emphasises how early attachments are formed through physiological survival reactions, implicit conclusions, explicit decisions, and introjections at various stages in the process of development.

Dr. Erskine will elucidate:

  • How early physiological, affective and interpersonal experiences may inhibit the client’s intrapsychic processes, health and relationships
  • The distinctions in our therapeutic approach based on Attachment styles and patterns
  • The developmental impact of cumulative neglect and relational traumas
  • The relationship of Attachment to unconscious processes and the formation of Life Scripts

The workshop posits that for effective in-depth therapy, it is essential that therapists understand the significance of internal working models; procedural, sub-symbolic and implicit memory; and the unconscious impact of cumulative neglect. Such an understanding requires taking into account many views of human functioning: psychodynamic, client-centred, behaviourist, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, neo-Reichian, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology and transactional analysis. Drawing on an integrative theme, Dr Erskine helps us comprehend psychotherapeutic interventions that are:

  • based on research-validated knowledge of normal developmental processes
  • and the theories describing the self-protective defensive processes used when there are interruptions in normal development

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Broadway House
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Monday, 13 November 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00

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