Workshop 13 – Stephen Gilligan, PhD – Transforming Negative States: An Essential Skill in Generative Psychotherapy
This workshop presents the Generative Psychotherapy approach to human states of suffering–depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, etc. This practical and positive approach assumes that each core human experience has equivalent potential to be positive or negative, depending on the human relationship to it; and thus focuses on how problems may be transformed to resources by skillful human connection. This process operates at two levels: (1) developing a generative state (in the therapist, client, and relationship field) and then (2) using specific methods of transforming negative experiences and behaviors. Multiple techniques and examples for will be given, along with an exercise and demonstration.
- Identify three major types of negative responses that will block therapeutic change.
- Identify three methods for transforming these negative responses to positive resources.
- Identify the four major communication methods for positively welcoming a negative experience.