Meetings are held at Lesley University's Alumni Hall four Sundays a year from 12-3:30 pm, and include a presentation, a pair of invited responses, and facilitated discussion.
In 2017-18 the NECET presentations will highlight a variety of existential therapy motifs. We wish to demonstrate the breadth of existential approaches, all connected to working with and in Spaces, Moments, and Narratives.
On September 17th, Bob Fox will present Modes of Appreciation. Therapy will be seen as active appreciating the client; appreciating for example their fullness, despair, rage, impotence, emptiness, madness. He will be bringing in the idea of “givenness” from Husserl’s phenomenology and “disclosedness” from Heidegger’s philosophy – and will give examples showing how empathic, authentic and interpretative responses are all forms of saying thank you – “thank you for your gift.”
On December 3rd, Glen Freiband will present Beginnings At the End. He will show how essential temporality and finitude are toward understanding human existence – and do so concretely by discussing ways of being and working with dying clients. How, existentially understood, should we be with our dying client? Some stories of the power of this work will illustrate these ideas.
On a date to be determined in the winter, Ming Chang will present Truth and Betrayal in Dual Existence. She will describe the unfolding journey of showing up authentically by exploring how the therapist navigates the therapeutic encounter using the client’s native language to both support and shake the truth of one’s cultural existence; and at the same time to translate and uncover the seemingly foreign, elusive and yet quite real and substantial existence of one’s own truth.
On a date to be determined in the spring, Liz Barragato will end the year with presentation on Self as Movements of Care. Self is both a problematic and vitally important concept in existential therapy work. Liz will show how she works with the ideas of use of self, and “self as instrument” existentially, with particular attention to the process of therapeutic movement. She will focus on a case in which her caring for the spaces which she and her client co-create supports her client in he process of becoming herself. In this way, she uses her self as movements of care.