Death and Endings

Endings are significant both in life and in counselling. Most, if not all, presenting issues that clients bring to counselling often relate to an unfinished ending of some kind in their life situations. Endings in counselling work potentially have rich value in helping address, and if possible resolving, unfinished business that is affecting the client’s day to day functioning.

All endings, not just those relating to the loss of a loved one, point to death. As such they bring us close to the existential reality of this often frightening circumstance.

Workshop details

  • Workshop: Death and Endings
  • Date: TBA
  • Cost: £60 (concessions available for previous workshop attendees and those on low incomes)
  • Venue: Friends Meetinghouse, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT

This workshop offers some space to explore participants attitudes to death, their own experiences of personal endings, and how such attitudes and experiences can influence counsellors’ approaches to facilitating ending work with clients. For example, the ending may be avoided and go relatively unacknowledged by the counsellor as the therapeutic work comes to a close, or the counsellor may allow counselling to continue aimlessly rather than suggest an ending, if they have a fear of endings themselves.

This is an experiential workshop and at points may be an emotive, as well as a cognitive learning, experience. There will be a mix of lecture, discussion, small group exercises and demonstrations used to explore this topic. Reference will be made to Gestalt and other humanistic theories, neuroscience, and therapeutic experiences. By attending participants have the possibility of gaining new perspectives on death and endings, and discover more creative and practical ways of facilitating more satisfying endings with clients in their counselling work.

This is a one-day CPD workshop suitable for humanistic counsellors and trainees. Participants from other approaches are also welcome.

My workshops are experiential, which means that I want participants to actually experience the Gestalt therapy approach rather than just being provided with intellectual information. Gestalt therapy is primarily non-verbal and as such I aim for workshops to give participants a real feel for this approach.

Please note: Participants have choice throughout in relation to taking part in exercises and experiments. Handouts and CPD attendance certificates are supplied. Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided. Lunch is not included but there are many eating places nearby. There is disabled access to this venue.

Booking policy: I don’t require a deposit, just a commitment that you will attend. You pay in full on the day by cheque or cash. This avoids the hassle of sending payment through the post. However, if you reserve a place and then cancel within a week before the workshop I would want you to pay a cancellation fee of £20. And if you don’t attend on the day of the workshop the full amount is payable.

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