The key to this workshop is Self Directed Learning. You choose what you want to pursue.
Curiosity and Fun
in any combination.
It is not imperative that you know at the outset exactly what you want. A good use of a workshop like this could be to clarify what is truly important to you.
For personal work, we can use body focussed approaches like Radix, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Core Energy Management and Focusing; creative and imaginative approaches like Active Imagination, Imagework, and art work; and more conventional talking methods like TA (Transactional Analysis).
You may want to address here and now states, unhelpful patterns, relationship issues, or longer term life goals. You may have an outcome in mind, or may just want to and be curious and explore.
There are many themes that can be embraced as professional development. Below, you will find a list of topics on I which have prepared &/or delivered training at some time. The list may give you an idea of the possibilities.
Of course I do not undertake to cover the whole of any of these modules in the course of the weekend. If you have worked with me, you know that I warn people to expect and indeed to thrive on the frustration and disappointment that comes from understandably expansive wishes and expectations when the come up against brute reality.
What I do undertake is to collaborate with you and the group to create experiences that will put you in touch with the essence of the topic, and leave you with an onward path of experimentation and learning.
There will be plenty of opportunity for Fun, Curiosity and Creativity:
I have worked with groups for some decades and I have a deep confidence in the nurturing, creative, healing and healthily challenging power of a group of reasonably well-intentioned and responsible people to enable remarkable things to emerge for individuals and for the group as a whole.
After more than fifty years working with people, including thirty years as a psychotherapist, twenty years as a body psychotherapist, and about seventeen focusing on trauma, I closed my individual psychotherapy practice in 2012.
I have finally left London behind and settled by the sea in Dorset.
I have now reached a reflective stage in my life when ramd more focused on reflection, writing and mentoring the development of adventurous souls
I love watching people develop personally and professionally.
I have a particular interest in how people - particularly helpers, and people in positions of leadership - can survive and thrive within organisations, how the Helping Professions can so easily take their toll on the human spirit, and what can be done to humanise this process..
I continue to be fascinated by ways of working with trauma, and with the complexities of trauma-conditioned transference and counter-transference. This is in no small part due to my long friendship and collaboration with Babette Rothschild (The Body Remembers, Help for the Helper, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery etc.). She has kindly said: 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."
After more than twenty-five years of learning from and collaborating with Michael Randolph, our Radix Intensive Body Psychotherapy workshops remain a enduring source of surprise and delight to me. I have long felt a calling to bring the insights of our body focused ways of working to those whose training has been in the talking therapies.
Through yoga, Tai Ji, through dancing and riding my bike, as well as Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy, I continually return to the fundamental importance of embodied living and body awareness. A relatively new project unfolding over the last couple of years has been the EveryBodyKnows workshop series devised and delivered in collaboration with Brian Stirner, a revelation and an affirmation of the proposition that "less is more", and that deep learning can come for simplicity and focussed attention.
I am a certified Radix Body Psychotherapist, involved with London Radix Workshops for 30+ years.
One of only two Certified Somatic Trauma Therapists in the UK, I am an Approved Supervisor on the Somatic Trauma Therapy Certification Program.
I was External Supervisor to the London Underground’s Counselling and Trauma team from 2007 to the end of 2015.
I was in private practice as a therapist in SW London from the 1980s until the end of 2012.
I have been a Regular member of the Institute of Transactional Analysis since 1982, and a frequent presenter at ITA Conferences over the years. My three years of TA training in the eighties, disrupted by a prolonged encounter with ME/CFS, has formed a valued frame of reference for my thinking, and I learned much from intensive training with Bob and Mary Goulding and Richard Erskine.
For twenty years, from 1997 to 2018, I was a regular member of a Professional Development Group, led by the Psychoanalyst, Shirley Spitz, exploring relational psychoanalysis, transference and counter-transference and other analytic and psychodynamic themes.
My own Jungian analysis lasted from 1986 to 1998, and for the past 29 years I have been associated with the annual Champernowne Trust summer conference focussing on Jungian psychology, creativity and the Arts based approaches to therapy. I am now myself a Trustee with particular responsibility for the Web and Social Media.
I trained additionally in Core Energy Management with William Bloom (The Endorphin Effect, Feelin Safe etc), and with Dina Glouberman in Imagework.
My awareness of Mindfulness practices began in 1966 when I joined an esoteric school based in the teachings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and the philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta. The practices and the philosophy have continued to inform my life and my work.
These workshop and training topics may help to suggest themes that appeal to you.
THE LIFE OF THE PSYCHE
Introducing Active Imagination (Jung)
Working with Images (Glouberman)
SKILLS and RESOURCES
SPECIFIC TRAUMA TOPICS
Short-Term Work with Trauma
Long-Term Work with Complex Trauma
Trauma and Counter-transference
Structural Dissociation and Trauma
MAKING SENSE SERIES
(Applying Current Theories in Practice)
For People in Leadership Roles
For People in Education
‘I have learnt to trust the creative process
and although a painter for thirty years I give myself permission to play with
and make whatever comes to mind in any media. Sometimes I collect
beach materials to recycle, one summer I spent each day mosaicking, I always
have clay to sculpt and coil along with painting and drawing staples.’
Tracie Peisley in depth
I believe passionately in expanding upon one’s idea of what might be possible and facilitating others to follow a creative process, which given permissive environments, appropriate resources, practical direction and crucially supportive relationships, individuals can make work ready to exhibit which exceeds early expectations.
I qualified as a HCPC art therapist, with experience of working with children, families and adults creatively. The therapy I offered followed the participant process and supported a range of abilities. The premise is to work with the artist within seeking to express something. I am confident that everyone can achieve something through a creative process and some of course are very talented indeed.
I have worked with non-directive and directive models depending on the needs of the individuals and groups I have worked with. I can work closely with individuals sharing skills and ideas and equally I am willing to give space for ideas to unravel at their own pace.
In work with children I have experience of 5-11 year olds with complex needs. Physical and emotional. I have put together sessions that include drama, movement and play to improve social interaction and build the confidence to take risks. These skills are taken into daily life but also the challenges of being a creative practitioner. Trying something for the first time, baring not knowing what might happen, remaining curious, moving forward, taking risks and relaxing are all states relevant to making art.
I am a qualified teacher and can confidently structure a session, hold it’s boundaries and make the preparations necessary for a smooth running course. I can evaluate the workshop and risk manage it. I can differentiate a task dependent on the participant’s level of understanding, agility and experience. I am not phased by learning new skills and I would like to take this enthusiasm and confidence, belief that anything is possible into the workshops.
I have led community based art groups for many years, notably the Pandora’s other box project which supports women to move out of their comfort zone and to empower them to make art both individually and collaboratively around a theme with a view to staging a professional exhibition. Many women from these groups have gone on to lead their own groups. Most recently I supported a group of 8 women to make work for an exhibition called, ‘Still I Rise’ (based on the poetry of Maya Angelou, at The Fish Slab gallery in Whitstable
In terms of my own artistic practice, my training as an art therapist really set me free to work with any media. I am a painter of 30 years but I have also worked with metal, ceramic, wood and fabric to make sculpture, create environments, make objects and clothes. I believe that all my pieces are in a sense collages, amalgamations or assemblages of things put together to make something that is harmonious with some sense of emotional tension.
More about Tracie: https://traciepeisleyforceofnature.wordpress.com
This is what you can explore in the creative aspects of the workshop
Take yourself seriously
Reach for the good stuff
Be nice when you can
Love yourself unreservedly
Love others even more
Forgive the bastards
Think about the planet
Remember all the little things are sentient
Make touch a priority
That thing you want to do
That thing you want to say
Be creative it won’t kill anyone
from Tracie's blog
October 1 2018