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Furthering our understanding of the roles of Empathy and Self-awareness in the practice of psychotherapy

Friday 24th July 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Extending empathy to enable self-awareness in our clients is fundamental to our practice; the purpose of this workshop is to widen our view of both and explore how relative strengths and weaknesses in both traits may affect the process and outcome of therapy.

The workshop will be both taught and experiential, giving participants the tools to work with some of these ideas in their practice, particularly with clients who find relationships difficult, and struggle with self-awareness. It is also an opportunity for participants to develop their self-awareness as part of their own personal development.

There has been an increasing focus on self-awareness/metacognition/mentalization as being important in therapy for many client groups, and accumulating research evidence; this will be part of the focus of the day, however, no previous experience of study in this areas is necessary. It will be of interest to therapists of all orientations; there is no implied method that is best, and the aim is to raise awareness of factors that may be important in work with individuals, couples or groups.

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Furthering our understanding of Empathy and Self-awareness in the therapeutic process.
Steve Heigham. MSc, BSc (Hons), BEd,PG Dip.

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Friday 24th July 2015

Please note, all speakers and timings are subject to change.

09:30Registration and refreshments
10:00Introduction and discussion of participants understanding and experience of empathy and self-awareness
10:30Definitions of E & SA, and their links through the evolution of social cognition, sequential development in childhood, neuroanatomical proximity and their role in the regulation of emotions and interactions through guilt, shame and self-control
12:15Discussion of presentation, relating to participants personal and professional experience
14:00Participants marking and scoring their own questionnaires, totals and sub scores, and interpreting them in the light of gender averages and national trends
14:45Discussion in pairs then small groups
15:15Refreshment Break
15:30Group plenary focusing on implications for practice
16:30Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Steve Heigham

Steve Heigham is an experienced lecturer in humanistic counselling and mental health issues with a particular interest in, and research experience of personality factors and their effects on social functioning. He is also a practicing psychotherapist in the Bristol area.

For further information about topics related to this workshop you can visit Steve’s website:


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

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