Saturday, 18 July 2020

Language, metaphor and symbolism - Online workshop



10am - 2pm Saturday 8th August

In this online Zoom workshop Evelina De Lain introduces us to Internal family systems, clean language and symbolic modelling techniques. 

Evelina De Lain is a Guinness world record holder (Highest Piano Concert in the World – Himalayas 5000m), musician, educator, therapist, adventurer, high performance coach and author of the upcoming book “Extreme Music. Creativity and Self-Actualization on Top of the World”.

Evelina’s work relies on ideas of self-actualization, hero’s journey, archetypal events, inner alignment and “parts” integration. 

She will introduce you to the ideas of ‘Clean Language’ and ‘Symbolic modelling’ which only uses clients content. This is deep metaphorical work that can be used in any setting and within any other coaching or therapeutic technique. We will go over main ‘clean questions’ and will have a few short demo sessions. 
She will touch on ‘Internal Family systems’ and how to use the notion of ‘parts’ to create a more integrative view of ourselves. 
Sharing a framework to integrate these two methods – we can work with internal systems in a ‘clean way’. 


“Symbolic modelling is a therapeutic and coaching process developed by psychotherapists Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, based on the work of counselling psychologist David Grove. Using Grove's clean language, a progressive questioning technique using clients' exact words, the facilitator works with a client's self-generating metaphors to clarify personal beliefs, goals, and conflicts, and to bring about meaningful change. Because of its reliance on emergence and self-organisation it has been called a "post-modern oriented therapeutic approach”.

"The symbolic modelling process guides the client through an exploration of the client's own metaphors, their organization, interactions, and patterns. These embodied metaphors can restrict a client's ways of viewing the world and his or her coping strategies, due to the inner logic prescribed by the metaphors. Without shifting these metaphors, lasting change may be difficult, as the embodied mind may continue to work within the constraints of this old paradigm. Through the facilitation the client can discover how these metaphors can change to meet their desired outcomes, transformative shifts can occur within a client's "metaphor landscape", bringing about meaningful change on cognitive, affective and behavioral levels.”

“The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz in the 1980s. It combines systems thinking with the view that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities. 
IFS focuses on the relationships between parts and between the Self. The goal of IFS is to have a cooperative and trusting relationship between the Self and each part. There are three primary types of relationships between parts: protection, polarization, and alliance.
IFS proponents claim to have a "complete" form of individual therapy that is used for the full range of human development, from the healing of trauma to personal and spiritual growth.”

After the workshop we will experience a live piano performance of an original piece of music by Evelina.

We will then make art in response to the workshop, music and our experiences.

Finally we will share our art making ands reflections. 

I look forward to seeing you there. 
Melissa 

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