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Conference Day 1: Friday Morning Selections 10:45 - 12:15

"When is a parent mode not a parent mode? when it's an overcontroller? differentiating punitive, DISMISSIve, and demanding voices and the modes they can be located in" 

 WORKSHOP by david edwards 

- Watch the "Sneak Peak" by David Edwards of his workshop by clicking the picture above -

·       To review the kinds of negative (punitive, guilt-inducing, invalidating, shaming, disdainful, demanding etc) voices we encounter in patients.
·       To show how these may be introjects, and therefore located in Parent modes, or constructed into overcompensatory Overcontroller modes (self-directed and other-directed).
·       To show how to examine the developmental history of such modes.
·       To draw out the practical implications of this for experiential work.
Negative voices (punitive, guilt-inducing, demanding etc.) are often introjects from parent or authority figures and located in Parent modes. They may also be part of overcompensatory modes: a Perfectionist Overcontroller incorporates rules that set standards as well as self-critical and demanding messages that motivate the individual to attain them. Such modes may begin in childhood where they shut down vulnerability to protect the Child from hurtful behaviour from adults. Existing Parent messages may be recruited In their construction, so that what starts as an introject becomes part of a coping mode and so of the self. In Parent modes and these Overcontrollers, the messages are self-directed but, in modes like Scolding Overcontroller, or Bully and Attack they are turned on others - these also incorporate elements from Parent introjects. Different strategies are indicated depending on whether negative messages are part of Parent, self-directed Overcontrollers, or other-directed Overcontrollers. The presentation will include a detailed powerpoint. The material will be grounded in the phenomenology of clinical case examples and include session extracts (transcripts/audio tracks).

Participants will:
1.     Increase awareness of the range of negative voices.
2.     Learn to locate them appropriately within different Parent or Overcontroller modes;
3.     Learn how to use imagery and chair dialogues to:
a) differentiate between these different modes 
b) track the origin and development of coping modes and help clients use this information to re-assess their value in the present 
c) weaken the power of these modes and replace them with affirmative messages in the Healthy Adult.

The workshop is intended for: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced

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