Learning Goals – Residental Program

Winter Residential 2018

This program is designed to help you:

1 Explain the meaning of the term “relational” as applied to psychotherapy.

2 List three advantages of a relational approach to psychotherapy.

3 Discuss the similarities and/or differences between a “relational approach” and a “field theory perspective.”

4 Identify the individualist perspective often implicit in therapists’ use of the concepts of resistance.

5 Critique a clinical episode according to relational theory.

6 Explain the principles of the intersubjective/field relational emergence of experience.

7 Describe the mutual, reciprocal, and variable influence of therapist and patient on all experience in the therapeutic conversation.

8 Practice clinical work using a relational gestalt therapy perspective.

9 Identify a patient’s enduring relational themes.

10 Apply the dialogic method to working with enduring relational themes.

11 Recognize the influence of the therapist’s own enduring relational themes on the emergence of experience in clinical work.

12 Recognize the shame process as it pertains to the dialogic process.

13 Describe how a therapist’s self-regulation and self-esteem needs can shame a patient.

14 Identify creative adjustments that occur in difficult situations.

15 Critique the notion of a “reified self.”

16 Describe a few ideas about continuity, self-development, and self-as-processes.

17 Describe what is meant by “gendered self.”

18. Describe the relationship of contact, personality, and selfhood.

19 Work dialogically with therapeutic disruptions in practice sessions.

20 Explain self as an emergent process.