STOP PRESS July/August 2016
Old men ought to be explorers
Having recently celebrated my 75th birthday and begun to savour what "retirement" might be like during my sabbatical in the first part of 2016, and having taken some time considering how best to spend the months, years or even decades that may be left to me, I have decided not return to regular practice as a supervisor.
My thanks and good wishes to all those I have supervised; I have learned so much from you all and drawn inspiration and encouragement from your commitment to keep on learning and to support the growth and healing of those you serve.
I am now actively exploring how I can continue to make a contribution based on what I have learned during fifty years of working in the helping professions, with the accompanying study and reflection, and the many mistakes and the rewarding number of realisations and discoveries that have resulted.
I imagine that contribution will come through training and personal and professional development workshops, perhaps through some on-line enterprises, and even some writing.
As you can see on this page, I am continuing to present the everybodyknows Boundary, Contact, Engagement workshop series with Brian Stirner.
Radix Residential Workshops (with optional Learning Days) with Michael Randolph, now past their 30th year, are also continuing.
These workshops are all at present fully subscribed through to December 2017.
We are actively considering how to make these unique Radix Intensive Workshops more widely accessible.
Following July’s experimental Self-Directed Learning Workshop - still under evaluation - I am contemplating what other workshops, seminars, webinars and on-line courses would be of value and of interest.
I shall soon be asking for your suggestions about content, format and means of delivery indue course. Let me know if you have any suggestions or requests.
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With every good wish
Here and there does not matter.
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise.
In my end is my beginning.
T.S. Eliot East Coker
THE WISDOM OF THE BODY
for Counsellors and Therapists
- I have noticed I am physically more alive and present to my own sensations and those of others around me..
- I just loved it. I felt contacted on all ego states and very safe to be myself. I enjoyed learning and want to learn more!
Residential week - New Forest - May 29 - June 2 2017
Avon Tyrrell, Bransgore, New Forest
Monday 29 May 3.30 pm - Friday 2 June 3.30 pm
Building on the rich and enlivening experience of the one day workshop towards an immersive week-long experience of embodied awareness and and interaction.
Located in sixty-five acres of beautiful grounds in the New Forest National Park, Avon Tyrrell is a centre for outdoor activity with a lake and a mixture of woodland and open spaces.
Accommodation is self-catering, in twin rooms.
December 2 -4/5
April 7 - 10 (full)
June 9 - 12 (full)
Dec 1 - 4 (still a few places)
""Engagement in this work ... poses some risk to the therapist's own psychological health.
The therapist's adverse reactions, unless understood and contained, also predictably lead to disruptions in the therapeutic alliance with patients and to conflict with professional colleagues.
Therapists who work with traumatised people require an ongoing support system to deal with these intense reactions. Just as no survivor can recover alone, no therapist can work with trauma alone."
Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery (1996)." Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery (1996)
As a trauma practitioner, you know from experience how challenging this work can be. People tell you stories of unbearable experience, and you have to listen. The many dilemmas you face can seem impossible to resolve:
You are right to be aware of the risks to clients in trauma work: retraumatisation, breaches in the therapeutic relationship, decompensation and dangerous acting out - including substance abuse, violence towards others, self-harm and even suicide.
You also need to recognise the risks that you may face, as a trauma practitioner, to your quality of life and to your mental and physical well-being:
- reductions in vitality, libido and in your capacity for creativity, imagination and fun
- lowered self-esteem, confidence, and therapeutic potency
- serious conditions like compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatisation and burnout.
Through training that I offer, I aim to help provide you with the remedies that make trauma therapy as safe and effective as it can possibly be both for you and for your clients or patients.
Certified Somatic Trauma Therapist
External Supervisor, London Underground Counselling and Trauma Service (2007-15)
Approved Supervisor, Somatic Trauma Training Programme
Author: The Body Remembers, The Neurophysiology Of Trauma And Trauma Treatment
says:"Michael Gavin has been my closest UK colleague since 1992.… There is no one I have more confidence in as a therapist, teacher, consultant, and supervisor."