BECOMING A SOUL CENTRED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
We are committed to bringing soul
into the practice of
counselling and psychotherapy
Ongoing professional mentoring that addresses meaning, value, and profound inner experience . . .
A 2 year experiential program that supports your development as a therapist in the following areas:
- Working in depth with clients
- Developing strong therapeutic alliance
- Developing informed working hypotheses
- Choosing appropriate therapeutic strategies
- Using theory to inform practice
- Therapist self care
Life experiences develop us and contribute to the ability to be a psychotherapist. There are, however, many ways of responding to experience, and one of the understandings to emerge from clinical work is that we all tend to have response patterns that developed early in life and that have become somewhat automatic, unconscious, and generalised in our adult lives. It is these patterns, and the dynamics underlying them, that are usually the subject of therapy, and that need to be addressed in order to work therapeutically with others.
Soul Centred Psychotherapy teaches that these patterns develop from both personal history and from collective, or archetypal, patterns. It is recognised that the content of mentoring sessions will, at times, stir personal responses for participants. There is provision for some processing of this within the session, although individuals are encouraged to seek support in a one-on-one review session and/or to arrange individual therapy. At least 50 hours of personal therapy with a Soul Centred Psychotherapist is recommended.
The mentoring program includes lectures and experiential activities, as well as supervised practice. Program sessions can be claimed for both Professional Development and supervision.
Sessions run from 7 to 10 pm one evening a week over four terms a year, with four full day sessions and individual reviews scheduled each year.
The program is conducted in a small group setting of between 8 and 10 trainees. One or two mentors are present with each group, depending on the requirements. Individual review sessions are available as required. There are opportunities for practice, reflection, experimenting, and appropriate feedback on performance.
As the mentors are practising psychotherapists with at least 10 years experience, the program relates strongly to practice situations. There is an active relationship with all members of the group, with ample opportunity for discussion and reflection on theory and practice.
The Kairos Centre mentoring program is based on the highest standards for professional education and supervision.
The professional association for Soul Centred Psychotherapy is the ASCP (Association of Soul Centred Psychotherapists), a constituent member association of PACFA. ASCP membership requires 50 hours of supervision linked to 200 hours of client contact.
Soul Centred Psychotherapy is based on the understanding that the basic ground of being human is also the ground of being a psychotherapist. Working deeply with other people requires us to be working deeply with ourselves and to have developed in a number of ways.
It is difficult to determine the exact characteristics necessary to be a therapist, although there are specific areas of functioning which do seem to be important:
- The development of a good observing ego or witness
- Constancy of self-perception
- Differentiation between adapted self (persona) and observing ego
- Formulation and execution of clear intentions
- Capacity to own projections or regressions
- Emotional stability
- High anxiety tolerance
- Differentiation of feelings
- High frustration tolerance
- Experience of self-cohesion
- Differentiation between self and other; clear boundaries
- Reality based perceptions of others
- Capacity to accommodate useful new information or experience (for internal structures to change in response to meaningful information or experience rather than holding to an idealised or adapted sense of self)
Selection for the mentorship program is by individual interview. The program is post-graduate level, with an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) required in counselling or psychotherapy. Applicants also need to demonstrate the presence of some fundamental capacities such as self-awareness, relational ability, ethical behaviour, and a mature capacity to function in work and personal relationships. These are assessed via personal interviews, referees, and/or a demonstrated ability to work in a therapeutic or team setting.