Post-Conference Workshops – May 30 & 31(Mon & Tue)

Workshop A: Monday, May 30, 2016 (09:30 – 17:30)
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Engaged Understanding for Lived Meaning: On “Being-With” as “Being-For,” “Being-Alongside,” and “Being-Otherwise”Facilitator: Todd Dubose, Ph.D.
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Facilitator's Bios
This workshop will explore the practice of therapeutic care from an existential-hermeneutical-phenomenological perspective. We will explore how this model of therapeutic care is one of collaborative, engaged understanding, remaining close to the original meaning of the word, “therapeia,” as “walking with,” or “attending to” another’s lived meaning in the world. We will differentiate how this model differs from other models of care, including practices of deficit correction, enhancement or problem-solving (engineering). More specifically, we will explore and practice of “being-with” another in therapeutic care as: “being-for” (the radical validation of meaning as lived, no matter what it is), “being-alongside” (understanding particular actions, words, feelings and events in their contexts while sharing and collaborating as two human beings exploring the human condition), and “being-otherwise” (exploring expanded possibilities of relating and living differently in the midst of limitations, even in the therapeutic relationship, as well as addressing “that which is more than we are” and “that which is out of our hands”). We will highlight how such an “engaged understanding” is the most important therapeutic factor in “successful” therapeutic outcomes, even as its focus is to care, rather than cure; to understand, rather than correct. Numerous examples and illustrations of how this approach to care may be offered to various persons in our lives will be offered throughout our time together, and participants will be invited to explore difficulties in their own struggles to care. Finally, we will explore the challenges this way of caring holds for us as we explore our own struggles with radical acceptance and possibilities of transformation.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Clarify how therapy is practiced from an existential-hermeneutical-phenomenological perspective in concrete therapeutic situations and as differentiated from other models of care.
2. Clarify what evidence, change, therapy, intervention and successful outcomes mean from this perspective.
3. Actively practice “being-with” as “being-for,” “being-alongside,” and “being-otherwise.”
4. Gain more understanding of a) our difficulties in being open to alternative ways of being in the world contrary to our values, b) when we “get tight” encountering the “other” in therapeutic care, and c) when confronted with unchangeable aspects of the human condition.

Workshop B: Monday, May 30, 2016 (09:30 – 17:30)
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Nurturing the Next Generation: Application of Humanistic Multicultural Trauma-Informed Approach in the Supervisory RelationshipFacilitator: Theopia Jackson, Ph.D.
(Saybrook University)

Facilitator's Bios
When serving culturally diverse populations who are also experiencing complex trauma and other significant stressors, the art and science of supervision should be considered within a relational humanistic and multicultural context in order to inform effective treatment with groups that have been characterized as ‘resistant’ or ‘difficult’ clients. At times, we are challenged as supervisors in multi-stressed work settings to balance optimum care for clients with the needs of clinicians-in-training. In the literature, to date, much attention has been paid to supporting the professional development of the therapist-in-training, particularly evaluative considerations. However, the mirror process is attention to developing the supervisor and the supervisory relationship, which are also impacted by systemic clinical and organizational complexities. Building upon the ‘expertise’ in the room, this interactive workshop will engage participants in exploring what constitutes good and bad supervision through the utilization of case vignettes, video-tapes, role play, and consultation. This training is intended for current supervisees, supervisors, and those professionals considering supervision.

Learning Objectives
1. Expand knowledge and skills in supervision from a humanistic stance when considering trauma-informed care and multi-stressed populations.
2. Provide a basic conceptual framework for multicultural supervision and intersection with humanistic principles.
3. Become familiar with different theories and/or models of supervision, considering competencies inferred from the literature regarding ‘best practices’ in supervision.
4. Establish shared understandings and approaches in supervision across professional disciplines.
5. Increased awareness of the role of both supervisees and supervisors in the establishment of optimal supervisory relationships that informs direct services.
6. Evaluate and address the professional developmental needs of therapists-in-training, including the utilization of co-created learning objectives.
7. Gain insight and skills in responding to problematic supervisory relationships and remediation options in support of struggling supervisees.
Workshop: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (09:30 – 17:30)
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Emotion, Creativity, and Meaning in Existential-Humanistic TherapyFacilitator: Louis Hoffman, Ph.D.
(Saybrook University)

Facilitator's Bios
Meaning is central to psychological well-being. It is influential in coping with and transforming suffering as well as helping individuals thrive and live more satisfying lives. Yet, meaning is a complex and elusive concept. Many therapists struggle in working with meaning, often due to not recognizing the nuances and variations in types of meaning. This presentation will aid therapists in developing a deeper understanding of meaning and how to work with it clinically. In particular, the connection of meaning to emotion and creativity will be considered. Therapy illustrations will be used frequently to provide examples of how therapists can work with emotion, creativity, and meaning with their clients.

1. Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of various roles that meaning plays in the well-being of individuals, and how to work with this clinically.
2. Participants will be able to utilize the therapy relationship to assist clients evaluate and create/discover meaning.
3. Participants will be able to discuss the connection between emotion and meaning, and how to work with this connection in the therapy relationship.
4. Participants will be able to identify ways that creativity–including everyday creativity and the creative arts—can be used help clients deepen their connection with meaning in their lives.