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Moving beyond ‘self’ and ‘the other’ to discover what works.

Moving beyond ‘self’ and ‘the other’ to discover what works.

In the Pacific environment it seems important to move therapy from a fundamental reliance on psychodynamic insights to views that take wider perspectives into account. This presentation highlights questions I ask myself while practising in an environment where change is constant. My approach as a non-Maori practitioner underwent significant change when I began listening to Tangata Whenua in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Clients from many cultures have an expectation that counsellors and therapists will be able to understand that which is unspoken and unseen as well as that which is based on evidence and outcomes.

Whilst retaining traditional theoretical insights, the current multicultural climate challenges me to move beyond a focus on self and other. It may be necessary to review the way professions work together in order to build a woven approach to health services. Wisdom offered by first nation peoples, the idea that nothing moves in isolation and the opportunity to review current approaches to training counsellors and therapists are promising ways to move forward. The next decade could see innovative ways to act together, risk not knowing, and welcome insights which come from beyond our present understandings.

Speakers: Roy A Bowden
Conference: PACFA
Areas of Interest / Categories: Counselling, Cultural Issues, PACFA 2013, Self

PACFA 2013

Family Constellations works.

The counselling and psychotherapy fields are now at a point in their evolution where they are being challenged to produce evidence to demonstrate their effectiveness for clients, in order to raise the profile of the profession with governments and the community. Yildiz  presents a study of the modality of Systemic Family Constellations which has been found to be effective in improving relationships and also the relationship-with-Self, thereby improving self-esteem and mental health. 

Gratitude is the key to happiness.

Search for supplies in the work of envy, greed, gluttony, anger, lust and pride, is explored in the current melding of theological and psychological theories. The benefits and destructiveness of basic elements of our psychic structure will be addressed, coupled with approaches in the therapeutic encounter. Our propensity to anthropomorphize God, projecting these passions, is questioned. The impact on our clients' capacity for hope and gratitude, and on the therapeutic relationship, is explored. Liberated gratitude fills the soul with supplies, softening the needy, damaged, ravenous and endlessly seeking psyche. 

Resolving addictive behavior using ego state therapy

An addictive personality is the psyche of the person who has not yet resolved past trauma, and who has found a means to escape from that trauma by being able to zone out in some way, or in the case

What does the evidence tell us about evidence-based practice?

Regrettably, evidence-based practice is often reduced to the provision of empirically-supported treatments, which mostly means CBT. While this may suit government bodies and others who want simple guides

Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Effectiveness.

Perception and what influences perception lies at the heart of a holistic approach. In assessing the effectiveness of an approach to counselling and psychotherapy, the question “what constitutes effectiveness and how is this seen” must be considered. This raises the question of the lens used for looking. In this presentation I will show how we live in the tiparadigm, which focuses on process, on an unfolding stream of awareness that recognizes both the subtle unseen forces of the universe as well as manifest reality. It sees the human being as an incarnating spirit infusing every aspect of the physical substance (body) with consciousness and mediated by soul/psyche.

The effect of counselling training on differentiation of self, religious quest and epistemological development

Personal growth, increased self-awareness, and inter and intrapersonal maturation have long been seen as important training dimensions for those involved in counselling. The current study aimed to build on existing knowledge in this area through use of empirically validated measures of three well-described developmentally-orientated psychological constructs Bowen's Differentiation of Self (DoS), Batson's Religious Quest (Quest) and Perry's Epistemological Development (ED) to evaluate the effectiveness of the training programs in facilitating the interpersonal, intrapersonal, spiritual and epistemological maturation of counselling students.

What works in Mental Health?

Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in Australia, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of the burden of non-fatal disease; while one in five Australians will experience symptoms of mental illness at some stage in their lives. These quite alarming statistics have given rise to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) listing mental health as one of the top eight national health priority areas in Australia; and the Commonwealth Government identifying increasing proportions of the health budget to progress mental health reform.