412/512 – Mistakes of the Heart

Fisher, Janina 2016 2
Turning Miscues into Learning Opportunities

Therapists are human; therefore, we all inevitably make mistakes. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity to safely acknowledge, process, and grow from them, much less help our clients recover from the hurt and anger we’ve inadvertently caused. This workshop will examine the underlying issues that often contribute to common therapist errors, explore how “mistakes of the heart” occur and can be acknowledged, and discover ways to “repair” relational ruptures so they become healing opportunities. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize the bodily signs of our countertransference responses, decreasing the possibility of “foot in mouth” comments, shutting down, or empathic failure
  • Identify the clients and issues most likely to trigger our fear and frustration and experiment with how to regulate our internal experience
  • Rehearse how to counteract triggers and repair ruptures in therapeutic connection
  • Practice using somatic communication to convey regret, re-attunement, and comfort rather than relying on words

Continued with workshop 512.

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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