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The Self of the Therapist across the Family Life Cycle: Who am I now and with whom do I sit?

March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA

CEUs: 6 CEUs for LMFT, LMHC, LASW, LICSW, and associates

Cost: FSTNW Members – $140; Nonmembers – $180
(Includes CEUs, materials, lunch, and refreshments)

The essence of psychotherapy is an intersubjective meeting of the core self of the therapist and the core self of clients. Today this essence gets obscured by the avalanche of models and techniques that therapists are exposed to. Our challenge is to penetrate beneath all of this technology to a receptive openness and acceptance that enables us to see our clients clearly and to hear them deeply. When we practice such seeing and hearing, our clients, in turn, are enabled also to experience meeting their own core selves, their essential wholeness, releasing self-healing processes within them. For therapists to grow in the ability to practice this, we ourselves need to practice clear seeing and hearing of our own core self, our inmost soul. The world’s religious traditions have taught us that when we do so, we release deep capacities of energy, joy, and love. It is the work of a lifetime to continue doing so in the face of the challenges that we encounter in every phase of the life cycle.

Doug Anderson and Julie Wood will present from their current life cycle stage, and recall previous experiences as comparison. They will model collaboration and relational practice by facilitating small and large group processes as the real foundation of the work, modeling from the ground up using a non-expert, curious stance. During the day, we’ll bear in mind—even if not spoken—that the root of psychotherapy/family therapy is a call to tend to the soul. We’ll work outside the realm of technique. And although we will touch upon evidence-based research— which is substantial—and we will value strong technique and practice, this day will focus more in the realm of the soul.

Conference Objectives
1. Reflect deeply upon what is meant by “the self of therapist.”
2. Explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of my current life cycle stage for the work I do.
3. Review my participation in my professional community, including current resources and further personal needs
4. Identify my own personal call to action in today’s therapeutic profession and turbulent culture.

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Doug Anderson, PhD

About the Speakers
Douglas Anderson, PhD – Now 50 years after first providing therapy to a couple, Doug continues to provide therapy and consultation part time in Federal Way as a member of Lutheran Counseling Network. Over the years he taught marital and family therapy to students in graduate programs at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University. He has explored the integration of relational therapy and spiritual approaches to therapy as an Approved Supervisor of AAMFT and Diplomate of AAPC. Doug is currently learning about participation in the family life cycle at a new stage for him of having three great-grandchildren.

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Julie Wood, LMFT, LMHC

Julie Wood, LMFT, LMHC – Julie has worked for 25 years as a psychotherapist, family therapist, educator, consultant, and AAMFT supervisor. Grounded in psychodynamic and systems thinking, she has spent more than 10 years in each of the following activities: developing an integrated family therapy department in an early intervention center; serving in leadership roles for AAMFT and FSTNW; and teaching at SPU. At 50, she returned to the student role to deepen her learning of self and soul and practice as a psychoanalyst in training.



Register online at: https://www.fstnw.org/events-main/2017-spring-conference/

Presented by Family Systems Therapists Northwest https://www.fstnw.org/



March 4, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Bastyr University
Kenmore, wa