Beyond Healing: Harnessing Transformational Processes to Accelerate the Journey into Flourishing Saturday April 29, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
1776 S. Jackson Street Lower Floor Workshop Room Denver, CO
About the Workshop
One of the most unique and revolutionary elements of AEDP’s emotional processing trajectory is the focus on the affective markers of the process of change itself. While other emotion-focused therapies may elucidate theories and guide interventions that facilitate the movement from distress and defensive states to the full processing of core adaptive emotions, in AEDP, this is only the first step.
In this seminar, we will explore in depth the phenomenology and clinical unfolding of the process of transformation itself. After the turbulence of intense emotional experiencing, how do therapists guide patients to keep the momentum moving through the full process of transformation? How do we direct dyadic attention, use evocative language and disclose our own emotional experience to ignite and/or to fan the flames in the crucible of change? How do we recognize when there is a tiny flicker of transformation in the air, seize it and help it to fully emerge?
We will explore these questions in the context of tracking the affective markers of transformational experience and core state (States 3 and 4) across two sessions of a patient with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorder NOS. We will witness how the swell of powerful emotional experiences such as awe, gratitude and tremulousness herald a new way of apprehending self, other and the world.
Finally, we will explore intersections between 1. emotional hallmarks and states of consciousness evoked in AEDP’s State 3 and 4 work, and 2. the transformative power of mystical and spiritual experiences.