The First Day workshop teaches:
1) A method of dealing with relationship difficulties (a family systems/ psychodramatic approach). This exercise also demonstrates many of the basic principles and ideas about small figure work.
2) How to combine the use of small figures with talk-based therapy, and
3) A way of using the figures with depressed clients.
The Second Day workshop begins with ”A Walk Down Memory Lane”. This is a way of using the figures with a client to explore a relationship. It also teaches a psychodramatic approach to using the figures.
This is followed by two or three of a number of specific ways of using small figures which the participants select from the following list:
1) A way of working with an unwanted repetitive behavior. This has some relevance to addictions.
2) A way of looking at the client’s social system and relationships in the present;
3) A way of looking at the client’s social system and the nature of their relationships at earlier times in their life, such as in their family of origin.
4) Action Genogram. Making a genogram with the figures and then using this to find further meaning for the client.
5) An exercise that links some of the client’s present roles with the earlier events that led to the development of those roles.
6) The Empty Chair: Using the figures to enable the client to have a psychodramatic conversation with another person.
7) The Diamond of Opposites: A way of assisting the client to make a decision.
All workshops end with information about how to obtain small figures and the figures used in the workshop are available for sale to participants who wish to buy them.
Participants will receive, via email, around twenty pages of written material. They will also be given a Certificate of Attendance.
John Barton has run variations of these workshops for clinicians, over thirty workshops in the past eight years, mainly in Australia and New Zealand and also in USA, Europe and Singapore. They have been very positively received on every occasion.
It is important to note that John Barton is a psychotherapist who works with adults and the workshops are about working with adult clients. Nevertheless around one third of all those those who have attended the workshops have children as clients and these people report that they find the workshop very useful and they can easily modify what they have learnt for use in their work with children.
Cost: In Australia (includes GST):
One Day workshop: A$ 140 per person with a concession price of $ 90 for those on a low income.
Two day workshop A$ 260, $140 concession.
In NZ: Prices as above in NZ$. (No GST).
In other countries, see individual flyers.