Masterclass ‘Imaginary Processes in NVR Therapy’.
London, 19th & 20th October 2022

Dates & Cost

19th & 20th October 2022

£285 + VAT = £342

Venue

Elm Grove Conference Centre
Roehampton Lane
London  SW15 5PH
Location

For London events ONLY. There is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly.

A basic understanding of NVR is required to participate.

Presenters

Dr Peter Jakob, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Systemic Family Therapist,
Director PartnershipProjects.

Willem Beckers, Systemic Psychotherapis, PartnershipProjects International Associate

Peter Jakob & Willem Beckers Masterclass ‘Imaginary Processes in NVR Therapy’

Presenters

Dr Peter Jakob:  Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Systemic Family Therapist, UK

Dr Peter Jakob

Willem Beckers: Senior Faculty Member Interactie Academie & Systemic Psychotherapist, Belgium

 

 

 

London, 19th & 20th October 2022

How can we stimulate more constructive relational expectations?

How do we create experiences that build hope and confidence?

Why does imagination matter?

  • When you suggest to parents they could build a network of supporters, you often hear: “Yes, but…”
  • When you suggest to parents they could make relational gestures to their child, you often hear: “But it doesn’t work…”
  • When you suggest to parents that their own strength can anchor their child, you often see they feel deflated, anxious… and no longer in touch with their strength.

The 12th Century religious philosopher Peter Lombard wrote: “Hope is a future good, made manifest in the here and now by the power of imagination.” Imaginary methods and embodiment have a long tradition in psychological therapies. Building on their own unique and shared therapeutic approaches, Peter Jakob and Willem Beckers aim to expand freedom of movement for you and the families you are working with.

Parents with children that show severe aggressive, anxious and dismissive behaviour can feel that their efforts are met with a chronic absence of reciprocity. Shame and isolation add to the complexity of their situation. These parents tend to get stuck in a state of detachment, no longer feel they matter in the lives of their children, or that they themselves matter as human beings any longer. As NVR practitioners, we risk getting swallowed into a similar experience of frustration and hopelessness.

However, in their imagination, parents can leapfrog over the obstacles that have created an impasse to moving forward. During these two practise-based days, you will learn to use a variety of methods that stimulate imaginary processes, enable creative conversations and activate embodied resources – specifically tailored for work in NVR:

  • Help parents take first steps in their own mind towards engaging supporters …
  • Connect parents to their own embodied sense of strength and utilise it for challenges to come…
  • Help parents ground themselves in the interpersonal, embodied resonance with their supporters… and see themselves taking positive action they never thought they could achieve…
  • Help anchor the parents in their memory of acts of care for the child, and envision future care that feels meaningful, even if the child shows rejection or dismissive reactions …
  • Co-imagine with your client the child’s future positive response to their relational gestures, showing them that they matter…

Each method you learn to use will be accompanied by a detailed worksheet with detailed instructions on how to carry it out in your daily practise.

Enthusiastic feedback from masterclass participants in the Netherlands and Germany tells us they were able to use these methods immediately “…on Monday” and found that their clients’ inhibition to taking positive action, recruiting a caring community and reconnecting with their child “…melted away”.

Ref to Article just published on Imaginary Methods: Beckers, W., Jakob, P. & Schreiter, M.L. (2022). Mattering and parental presence in systemic therapy using nonviolent resistance: the utilization of imaginary methods. Family Process 61(2), 507-519. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12694 (open access)

Dates, Cost and Location

19th & 20th October 2022

£285.00 + VAT = £342

Elm Grove Conference Centre
Roehampton Lane
London  SW15 5PH
Location

A basic understanding of NVR is required to participate. We welcome all therapists and other professionals who work with parents that face adversity in bringing up children in a wide range of contexts, such as child or young adult mental health, youth care, foster care or residential treatment.

For London events ONLY. There is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly.