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Webinar (Live) Event 
Philosophical Reflections and Insights
for Psychologists and Psychotherapists

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Overview

How can we use the combination of philosophy and psychotherapy to enhance our therapeutic wisdom?

 

Philosophy offers a rich understanding of the role of emotions in responding to mental health challenges. Moods such as anxiety, perplexity, despair, confusion, curiosity and wonder are triggers for philosophical reflection and psychotherapy. Philosophical reflection adds to the modules, skills, wisdom and attunement of psychotherapeutic approaches. It provides frameworks for enabling clients to turn moods into opportunities to see, do and be in the world in much more fulfilling ways. Each philosopher provides a process for working with healing and transformation. For example, Socratic questioning is a process of dealing with perplexity. Martin Heidegger shows how phenomenology and hermeneutics provide processes for working with questions of meaning, anxiety and the point of existence.

 

This workshop will provide psychologists and psychotherapists with an additional set of frameworks and skills to work effectively with disruptive moods that clients bring into therapy.

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APS / NZPsS  member: $450 ex GST

PACFA member: $450 ex GST

Non-member: $500 ex GST

10.00 CPD Hours


APS CPD-Approved
PACFA CPD-Approved

Workshop topics

Topics that will be covered include:

  1. Socratic moods, and a model of philosophical reflection for psychotherapists: Plato's allegory of the cave.

  2. An Aristotelian view of 'practical emotional wisdom' for psychotherapy.

  3. Nietzsche, the importance of self-overcoming in enabling client identity development.

  4. Existential philosophy, self-actualisation, authenticity, self-worth, and confidence for psychotherapy.

  5. Hermeneutic philosophy, meaninglessness, meaning, purpose, break through moments and being resolute in accepting vulnerability in psychotherapy.

Unlock the synergy of philosophy and psychology in a transformative webinar workshop series designed for psychologists, psychotherapists and mental health professionals.

The series will be experiential and interactive.​

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for 10 CPD hours on completion of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop series participants should be able to:

  • enhance their therapeutic wisdom as a psychologist,

  • increase the range of skills and frameworks to use in your psychology practice,

  • throw new light onto existing therapeutic challenges,

  • develop a reflective and reflexive approach to your self-development as a therapist,

  • increase the breadth and depth of your therapeutic know-how and knowledge, and 

  • provide a model through which to situate different psychologies and philosophies in relationship to each other. 

Target audience

This activity is targeted towards Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Mental Health Professionals, and anyone interested in the fusion of philosophy and psychotherapy.

Testimonials

You have a gift of making complex philosophical thinking easier to understand and apply to daily life.

I absolutely loved the course and to say it has given me new perspectives is a gross understatement. It is has started me on a long, fascinating journey that I will continue throughout my career. Thank you.

I thoroughly recommend Steven’s workshops. His ability to illuminate the link between philosophy and psychological practice has enriched and deepened my work as a psychologist.

Format

There is a choice of two formats for this webinar: 

  • across five weeknights 6.30pm – 8.30pm

or 

  • on Saturday over two weekends.

Select the webinar that best suits you:

Expression of Interest

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Presenter

Dr Steven Segal

About the presenter

Dr Steven Segal is a registered and practising Psychologist. He was appointed Associate Professor of Management at Macquarie University, Sydney where he taught psychology and philosophy in the context of management and leadership.

 

Dr Segal has conducted professional development workshops in a range of areas including leadership, education, psychology and psychotherapy. He brings a unique combination of psychology, philosophy, management education and leadership to enable professionals at all levels to develop their practice.

Themes which have driven his interest in psychology and philosophy include anxiety and depression. He has always been focused on the practical application of philosophy which gives him an additional and helpful lens in his practice as a psychologist. Utilising philosophy, he enables clients to gain insight into themselves and the social context in which they live. He has an action orientated view of philosophical reflection and believes that action and reflection form an ongoing cycle on the psychotherapeutic journey. ​

 

Dr Segal’s Masters and PhD focus on educational frameworks for working with anxiety and despair. His most recent research project focused on the challenging psychological experiences involved in management and leadership development. ​

 

He has published two books which both deal with anxiety and emotion in the context of management:

  • Business Feel and Management Practice, and

  • Creative Destruction: Existential Skills for Inquiring Managers, Researchers and Educators. ​

He has edited books including Face to Face with Management Practice and been the section editor of the Handbook on Managerial Philosophy. Dr Segal has published over 30 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in a range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, and management.

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