Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis - a one day course
Emerging from a shift away from the prescriptive model of classical psychoanalysis where theory informed practice, the so-called relational turn has led relational psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to dominate the field with an approach in which practice itself and the relationship take center stage.
For some, this shift has been experienced as vague, non-prescriptive and open to various interpretations and despite the growth of practitioners identifying as ‘relational’ questions remain about what the practice actually entails:
• How should it be taught?
• How is it practiced?
• What are the core competencies?
• Can competencies even be articulated when working with the inter-subjective?
Despite the prolific body of relational literature little has been written on techniques and competencies and it could be argued that these concepts are antithetical to the relational approach. While this might or might not be true, the theory-practice gap has created confusion.
This one- day workshop will encourage debate and exploration about the possibilities and limitations of core competencies in relational psychotherapy/psychoanalysis and reference the work of Barsness et al, 2018* whose research has attempted to bridge this theory-practice gap by identifying seven areas of relational therapeutic competencies. We will do this by engaging in didactic teaching, discussion and the use of clinical material.
[* Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis- a guide to practice study and research Edited by Roy E. Barsness Published by Routledge 2018, New York]
Fee: $220.00 Including GST
Facilitator: Elana Leigh (see below)
B.Sc. Social Work (University of Cape Town). MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex London).
Certified Transactional Analyst CTA and Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst TSTA (ITAA).
Originally trained as a social worker in Cape Town, South Africa during the apartheid years. She left from South Africa in 1980 and after a brief time in Sydney Australia she migrated to London where she began her journey as a Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor.
Training in the 80’s and early 90’s was an exciting, revolutionary and expansive time in the history and evolution of psychotherapy. She graduated as a Transactional Analyst, an Integrative psychotherapist with extensive training in body-orientated psychotherapies. She also became an accredited trainer and supervisor.
She was part of the founding years at the Metanoia Institute for psychotherapy in London where she worked for 12 years as clinician, trainer and supervisor. She returned to Sydney in 1994.
Her passions and interests are in integrating both theory and practice across modalities and cultures as well as history and context within contemporary times
Her social work training, South African heritage and psychotherapy training have influenced her extensive interest and desire in working in India, South Africa, Japan, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Professionally she identifies herself with Relational theory and practice and philosophically believes that healing occurs within the complexity of the relationship which consists of two subjectivities and the interpersonal space between.
She currently works as a clinician in Sydney with Individuals, couples and families. She is a supervisor and trainer and teaches both nationally and internationally.
She has been and continues to be involved in various psychotherapy associations at a national and international level. Her involvement is in training and accreditation standards of psychotherapists.