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ZZZZZZZZ.) Tending the Therapeutic Relationship: Healing Dynamics, Boundaries and Selfcare (Seattle April 9-11, 2022)


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Instructor: Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST; NCBTMB #450788-08

"If we are here to make this world a better place to live in, then this is the way we have to do it: treat one patient, teach one student, take care of everyone, one life at a time." — Brad McCutcheon, DO

Alongside the particular techniques we use as manual practitioners, we have a particular kind of relationship — a therapeutic relationship — with each of our clients. Understanding the complexity of the therapeutic relationship is critical for any integrative or holistic method. In this class, we explore key aspects of these interpersonal dynamics: power differential, types of intimacy and attachment, transference/countertransference, boundary navigation and informed consent. We will highlight clarifying and communicating one's clinical intention, policies and boundaries as well as identifying various methods of selfcare.

We'll examine the autonomic nervous system and its role in stress, distress and trauma generation. This is a practical discussion, with a focus on identifying stages in the charge/discharge cycle as well as subtle signs of a balanced or overwhelmed system. Simple strategies for working with emotional release are taught within the context of a body-centered practice.

Additionally, we can see patterns in the phases of healing that our clients go through — understanding these patterns allows us to offer guidance to our clients as they heal. Coming from an osteopathic framework, we realize that our skills fundamentally assist the client's inner healing capacity and that our role in this therapeutic relationship is as a well-informed guide or a midwife. Deepen your understanding of the healing process, your own goals and needs; with this centering, broaden your ability to understand and assist your client's system.

This workshop is taught using journaling, lecture and discussion, small group communication exercises and role playing common clinical scenarios. Please come with willingness and curiosity as we explore together the richness of the interpersonal dimension of manual healing.

This class is open to all in healthcare and satisfies the 4-hour WA state ethics requirement for massage therapists.

Reviewers:  If you have taken this class within the past 5 years, you may review this class for $225 if space is available! If you are a reviewer, please call 206.853.6875 to register.

Deposits and Registration Options: Payments can be made to the Therapeutic Training Center by cash, check or credit card. A deposit of $100 may be made to guarantee a spot as long as full payment is made by the first day of class. To make a deposit on the class, please call 206.853.6875 or follow the instructions for mailing in a check payment on the Policies webpage. Unfortunately, the website will not handle partial payments so deposits cannot be made online.

What to Bring: a flower; writing utensils and a journal/notebook; a sheet. For PPE, bring 2 facemasks per day (disposable surgical mask or N95/KN95 respirator – only one should be required per day, the extra is back-up), eye protection and clothing protection (an extra shirt or overshirt per day) are required. For information on PPE items and preparing for class, please click HERE.

Class Date: April 8-10, 2022
Class Times: Friday-Sunday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Seattle Location 2 -- Staybridge Suites (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $410
Cost/Hour: $19.52/hr
Hours: 21

Other Coursework by Instructor:

Next Craniosacral Core Series & Certification Programs start on Nov 3, 2021.
(click HERE for details about Lauren Christman's Craniosacral Programs.)