Are you interested in seeing therapeutic work in action? Are you fascinated by the different ways that one type of therapy looks in practice? Do you want to learn from master psychotherapists and see the remarkable impact of a novice? Are you interested in seeing different therapists working with one client? Learning about therapy directly from observing sessions is a vital part of the development of psychological practice. The opportunities for this can be rare, with many workshops and training courses talking about clinical work and not showing it in action. This course gives you access to video recordings of five sessions, transcripts of the sessions with the verbal and non-verbal content of the work. We give you extraordinary insight into this innovative way of working therapeutically. With comments from the therapists about the process and insight into the impact of the sessions from the client, being released in later in 2019 and 2020. Want a unique and remarkable experience? This is the course for you!
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Last updated: 15 July 2019
This is an extraordinary insight into the diversity of the new paradigm in psychotherapy and therapeutic connection - Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems (CIMBS).
The course has a simple structure. We share the therapeutic adventure that Dr Jess Bolton has been on over the past three years, as she has developed her relationship and understanding of CIMBS. Instead of focusing on theory and skills, this course shares her experience from the inside out.
We rarely have real insight into people's therapeutic journeys. As therapists, the opportunity to observe the process and to discuss and learn from witnessing transformational change, is vital to help us develop and grow. Growing through internal emotional experience and deliberate practice, are also vital.
However, as therapists, we rarely get chance to shadow and bear witness, and appropriately so... it is a deeply private experience. Our clients, can be happy to share, and keen to give something back. They may give consent to sharing video of their therapy work to help train health professionals. But putting this material on an accessible online platform? This brings ethical complexity to say the least.
The solution here? A consultant clinical psychologist and psychotherapist shares her own experience. A bunch of people known for diverting questions about themselves, it is a strange level of disclosure for therapists to share their own therapeutic videos. But, Jess has a lifelong passion for levelling the playing field, for decreasing 'othering' and for looking for ways to equalise power imbalance.
"I have experienced most psychiatric 'symptoms' in one form or another along the way. To continue the fallacy of 'us' and 'them' in mental health keeps everyone stuck in a psychotic state - completely out of touch with reality! From traumatic stress responses, delusions in the midst of sleep deprivation, to paranoia when people are consistently out to get us; 'symptoms' are our bodies responses to extraordinary experiences. These videos shine a light where symptoms had become stuck, where the past was still a shadow in the present. CIMBS does a remarkable job of separating and releasing us from the constraints of the past.
And in order to be a competent therapist and CIMBS practitioner, I simply have to disentangle secondary emotions and behavioural habits, from the primary activations underneath. If I feel shame each time I am playful with my clients, if I feel anxiety when I develop close caring connections, I will stay away or superficial from the deeply transformative experiences that will make me redundant. And it is my constant aim in therapy to be redundant, to not be needed, as quickly, and respectfully, as possible.
I am excited to be sharing CIMBS with an international community and feel passionate that this is one of the unique contributions I can make. And the sessions I am sharing don't go into detail about my past experiences, as with all CIMBS therapy, we stay as much as we can in the here and now; disentangling the past from the transpiring present moment. Disentangling constraints which are no longer necessary and instead activating innate, healthy emotional systems."
Access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection. Experience may not be optimal on a phone or smaller tablet so we urge you to use a desktop whenever possible.
To have a background of working therapeutically with clients. This course is designed to be helpful for trained and training therapists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, coaches and counsellors.
It is likely to benefit a whole variety of health, education, wellbeing and social care professionals who need to develop active and effective relationships with their clients or patients.