Online workshop: Letting Go – Mon 10 Oct 2022

or: How to Move Beyond Unhelpful Hoping

You can book on to this event via: Eventbrite – Letting Go: How to Move Beyond Unhelpful Hoping Workshop

About this event

Many of our clients are desperate to solve problems such as how to: feel loved, feel safe, feel good enough, or feel worthy to take up space in the world. We may witness them repeating old ways of trying to solve these problems, ways that have never worked and that we have good reason to think never will. Such clients can swing back and forth between unrealistic bids to solve these problems and despair at their failure to do so.

As therapists, we might wonder what could happen if they let go of the thoughts and feelings, they use to frame both the problems and the potential solutions.

In this workshop will explore:

  • case studies of clients who organise their lives around unhelpful hoping, i.e. seeking to solve problems or answer questions in ways that keep failing
    reasons why “therapist-knows-best” approaches, e.g., telling the client to be “more realistic”, are often doomed to fail
  • working with clients on “letting go” of old ideas about how to solve these problems – ideas that strongly feel like the only possible route to solving them
    finding ways to bear the disappointment / sense of loss / confusion that can go along with such a “letting go”
  • the idea of clients coming to their own conclusions about themselves, the world, and others, through making “decisions” based on their own expertise and authority, as opposed to deferring to the (apparent) expertise and authority of others.

We will draw on some theory from Transactional Analysis, including script and re-decision, and also touch on ideas from existential therapy. No prior knowledge of these theories is required.

Practical Details

You can book on to this event via: Eventbrite – Letting Go: How to Move Beyond Unhelpful Hoping Workshop

This workshop will be recorded and you can use the ticket function to pre-purchase the recording before the event. This will be useful for colleagues who are not able to attend the event live and also for those who attend the event live and want to watch again.

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training