The Use of Self

The next “Rethinking Use of Self” workshop will happen Tue, October 30, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Old St. Francis School in Bend, OR. 

The effective use of self is one of the most powerful tools that practitioners deploy in the therapeutic relationship. Most practitioners are exposed early in their education to this idea, which includes the strategic use of self-disclosure to deepen the client’s sense of safety as well as the unspoken ways our bodies resonate with the client’s inner experience.

What thoughts go through your mind when you contemplate sharing personal or vulnerable information with clients? How do you use your own unique story–which is really your humanness–in service to them?


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Emerging ideas from the field of trauma and interpersonal neurobiology provide another lens for practitioners to consider–perhaps even re-think–their boundaries, their use of personal stories, and the vital relevance of a personal wellness strategy. 

What is the link between self-knowledge and self-compassion? How do you model this to the people you help?

By the end of this workshop, using a combination of personal reflection and dialogue, participants will:

  1. Review the current wisdom about the use of self within the helping relationship;
  2. Apply emerging knowledge about trauma and interpersonal neurobiology to their understanding of boundaries and self-disclosure;
  3. Explore the intentional use of self, both autobiographical story and body memory, to identify and neutralize threats related to power differences, mitigate anxiety and uncertainty, and enhance the human experience within the helpingrelationship; and
  4. Use implicit and body memory as a guide to the client’s inner experience as well as to their own self-knowledge and self-care.

GRADUATE STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you are currently in graduate school in a clinical discipline and wish to register, there is a half price discount. Contact Wayne through the website using your school email address to inquire about the special promotional code.