Why do we need creative consultation and support?
Sometimes our clients confuse or challenge us, and leave us not knowing how to respond in the most growth-producing way. As body-oriented practitioners, we know that our relationships with our clients are essential to learning and healing, but we are often left to figure this piece out on our own. Even if we were lucky enough to have some training in interpersonal dynamics, without trusted colleagues to consult with, we may end up feeling isolated or, worse, incompetent. Of course, we are competent professionals and we want to provide the best care we can. When we gain insight into client-practitioner dynamics, we gain confidence in how to maintain our role as care-providers with the variety of interpersonal challenges clients can present. This leads to healthier outcomes for clients —and for us.
What we’ll do in the seminar
This seminar will introduce participants to the Balint group process: participatory meetings in which the group shares cases from their clinical work. The group then uses experience-near language, to reflect on the relational encounter. Participants will each get a turn to describe a client-practitioner situation that interests them, then sit back and listen to the group reflect thoughtfully and creatively about the case. The presenter then gets a goody-bag of new ideas, validations, insights, and often a renewed feeling of connection to take with them back to their practice.
Throughout our time together, and when appropriate, Kris and Sheri will help the group establish vocabulary and describe psychodynamic concepts useful to understanding relationships in which one person is seeking (and paying for) help from another. Our intent is to deepen our empathy for the experience of both client and practitioner, while clarifying the practitioner’s professional perspective.
Who the course serves
Creative Consultation and Support for Body-Oriented Practitioners is open to massage therapists, yoga teachers in private practice, Feldenkrais practitioners, somatic educators, acupuncturists, PTs, OTs, and any clinician or educator working with individual clients in a body-centered practice. Licensed or certified professionals only.
Read an Article about the Group
What’s Between You and Your Client: A Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Model, was published in In Touch, the professional newsletter of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, where Feldenkrais practitioners write for other practitioners.
Interested in joining a Creative Consultation and Support group? Let us know! Groups are currently forming. All groups always include a pay-what-you-can option.I’m interested
How will this workshop impact my practice? It will help me value myself more…
Kris Wheeler, MA, LMHC, is a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist, in private practice in Seattle for nearly 35 years. She is a teacher of Object Relations based psychotherapy as well as an ABS* credentialed leader and supervisor of Balint groups - a method of case consultation which will inform some of the clinical dialogue in this course. Her psychotherapy practice is deeply informed by dance and creative process, specifically Skinner Releasing Technique and improvisational dance. Teaching and performing dance were her first career and she continues to enjoy dance improvisation.
*American Balint Society
Sheri Cohen, GCFP, Assistant Feldenkrais Trainer, (she/her), has been researching the movement arts for over 25 years in the fields of dance, yoga and the Feldenkrais Method®. Sheri has a lively Feldenkrais practice in the Seattle area and teaches in Feldenkrais trainings on both coasts. She also teaches dance workshops, yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings—all deeply informed by the Feldenkrais Method.