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The Self-Disclosure Dilemma
When should therapists reveal information about themselves?

Saturday 5 November 2016

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Marcus West

Exploring the pressures to 'be more human' - does self-disclosure miss the point?
By appreciating the early, implicit patterns of behaviour that are re-constructed in the analytic relationship, we can most usefully recognise, understand, and address the pressures and dynamics which encourage the analyst to try to 'be more human'. Working in this paradigm and maintaining an analytic attitude allows us to recognise the patient's early experience of traumatic, 'inhuman' ways of being, and address them compassionately. This represents a proper meeting of patient and analyst in the darkest places, which facilitates what Tronick calls 'dyadically expanded states of consciousness'. This presentation will suggest that early relational trauma invariably lies behind the pressures on the analyst to disclose. It explores the way that properly engaging with the traumatic experience, and maintaining the deep level of connection that that entails, requires the steady holding of the frame, even though this may appear, superficially, counter-intuitive.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Sue Cowan-Jenssen

Mortality in the consulting room
What do we tell our clients when we are ill? This issue raises many questions. Do we disclose? How do we disclose? How much do we disclose? When do we disclose? And, perhaps most importantly, why do we disclose? Our profession has, rather surprisingly, not written much on this difficult yet not infrequently experienced topic. In this talk, Sue Cowan-Jenssen will be thinking about some of these questions using her own personal experience when, in 2009, she was diagnosed with cancer and suddenly, uninvited, the issue of her mortality entered the consulting room.
13.00   Lunch (Included)
14.00   Discussion
14:15   John Rowan

The serious laughter of self-disclosure
Self-disclosure has always been more acceptable to humanistic and existential practitioners than to some others, due to a pressure to be real and present in the encounter. This attitude has been widely reinforced in the recent growth of a relational attitude, which values the authentic engagement of two subjectivities in the process. The task of intersubjectivity, this talk will argue, is to manage the therapeutic interaction in a more open way, without losing the responsibility of holding steady the four walls of the encounter. But we also have to beware of being too deadly serious about this, and prepared to subvert and question the received wisdom of the dominant position through humour and imperfection in our work.
15.15   Tea
15:45   Patrick Casement

Some tell-tale signs of self-disclosure
The matter of self-disclosure, or not, is by no means a simple matter. Nor is it just a matter of choice. I shall give examples to illustrate some of the nuances in this important issue, and some of the implications in our clinical work.
17.00   End

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Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End