Being Human – Prof Ernesto Spinelli

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Prof Ernesto Spinelli will be examining what it means to be human and real in today’s ever-changing therapy world.

Details of this exciting workshop:

**Note: Venue change from Bexleyheath Marriott to Dartford Hilton (now called DoubleTree by Hilton Dartford Bridge)

Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (registration and breakfast refreshments at 9.30am)
Included: Tea & Coffee, hot buffet lunch, afternoon snacks, CPD Certificate (6 hours) and limited free Parking*
* Parking is included in your booking fee however when the hotel car park is full, there are nearby pay and display car parks for which you will need to purchase a day ticket.

These courses are popular, so to avoid disappointment please book early

(When the course is full we will operate a waiting list)

This fascinating brand new workshop invites you to explore and experience the implications of embracing psychotherapy and counselling as an expression of human-to-human relatedness.

Counsellors today acknowledge the centrality of the therapeutic relationship as a key factor in both the process and outcome of therapy.

Nonetheless, as a profession, therapy places ever-increasing emphasis upon inflexible methodological rules and conditions of practice. In doing so, the therapeutic relationship is becoming ever more professionalised and less and less open to the uncertain possibilities of human encounter.

Existential therapy avoids bestowing upon the therapist the role of superior, objective instructor who distinguishes for the client those beliefs, attitudes and behaviours which are assumed to be `irrational’ and who attempts to replace them with `rational’ ones.

Instead, existential therapists seek to attend to their clients so that, through descriptively focused investigations, they attempt to clarify their clients’ meaning-world with them, thereby providing them with the experience of being heard — and hearing themselves — in a manner that is non-judgemental and accepting of the stance they maintain.

This attempt ‘to accept the being who is present’ rather than the ‘being who once was’ or ‘the being who might become’ promotes the possibility of the clients’ greater willingness and courage to confront the fixed biases and assumptions they hold with regard to their relations with themselves, others and the world in general.

About the speaker

Professor Ernesto Spinelli is one of the leading contemporary trainers and theorists of existential therapy and, more recently, the related arenas of coaching and conflict mediation.

He is a Fellow of both the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist and an APECS accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor.

In 1999, Ernesto was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology and in 2000 was awarded the a BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession.

Ernesto is Director of ES Associates, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of psychotherapy, coaching, and supervision through specialist seminars and training programmes.

His most recent book, Practising Existential Psychotherapy: The Relational World 2nd ed (Sage, 2015) has been widely praised as a major contribution to the advancement of existential theory and practice.

His previous books include: The Interpreted World: an introduction to phenomenological psychology, 2nd ed (Sage, 2005); Demystifying Therapy (PCCS, 2006); Tales of Un-knowing (PCCS, 2006); and The Mirror and The Hammer: challenging therapeutic orthodoxies (Sage, 2001).

Gold are thrilled and privileged to be able to work with Prof Spinelli to offer this inspiring day to you all.

The day will be an opportunity to learn from a world leader in existential therapy and engage in discussion that will inspire and inform your own clinical work.

We know this workshop will fill quickly so to avoid disappointment speed over to our easy online booking system to secure your place and grab the early bird discount too!

It’s going to be memorable



Bookings are closed for this event.