It will be difficult to teach you therapy over the Internet. All I can do here is outline how I've taught students on placements and campus before. There are, of course, numerous subtleties and variations on themes that you can see quickly when it's modelled. My students used to sit in with me for many hours of therapy with good-natured clients who quickly realized that students were contributors and not observers.
Here is an attempt to describe a structure with references to key skills that are contained in other windows.
As the Waywith Inn develops there maybe times for groups to form that could be discussional or training-oriented.
- Day 1. Take a full History. This is done not to get facts but patterns, themes, metaphors (see Language Skills) and links to the problems that you list off at the end of the information.
- If you can see where you may be able to help, let the client know. This builds hope and confidence. (If you arenít confident say "ok let's have some sessions and see how we go".
- Day 2. Ask client to assert the priority problem they have. If it is vague or a key word you could consider a Mind-Map on the term. If their hold on their problem is very vague try an I-Wish List. If they say they are depressed simply say "ok so what sort of things have been depressing you this week?"(Similar phrase for anxiety etc.)
- Begin with Counselling to gather a sense of the problem. You must refect key feelings. (In fact, if the person is in a deep emotional state it might be best to switch to counselling only.) If needed, you could use Functional Analysis or at least keep this in the back of your mind.
- Remember the Inside-Outside Problem concept and try to move as smoothly to the inside problem and remember to use Language Skills and body language skills.
- Confused yet?!
- Remember that your capacity to be present and in the moment will be effected by your learning stage. The earlier it is the more you will be in your head and not in your body/psyche. That's normal.
- At first you will most likely be Problem Finding. For this you can use Enquiry Interventions, which means expanding the key elements of the inside problem so you can get the real problem.
- By now you should be finished with Day 2. Write down in your notes any key discoveries and also "Next", adding your clearest statement of what you think you should do next week together with Homework assignments etc.
- You are doing therapy!
Where to from here?
- If you have done one of my courses before or have been trained by me on a placement then this is very familiar and you are in revision mode. Maybe you can contribute ideas about how the website can develop as well as special needs you have for your own development as a therapist.
- If you are reading this with a good background in most of the skills (experienced psychotherapists) you could just peruse the jargon I use and learn up on what you need to know to continue. Then I would suggest you refer to Moment Centred Therapy.
- If you are a student or professional with no background in these skills donít despair as this Website is especially designed with you in mind.
Lacking pertinent skills?
- Hopefully with sufficient interest we could look at running a course for you. I would envisage it would need to be 12 months, weekly and there would be a cost, as it would involve covering the time of assistant(s) and me working back on an evening.
- In the mean-time study up/download the skills from here starting with counselling or whatever you currently know and add Moment Centred Therapy to what you currently do whether at work or on placement. Then you can gradually add more skills.
- Learn the skills preferably in the order of Skill Kit.