Presenter: Christine Stevens
Basically, this workshop involves playing with clay! This is an experiential workshop involving hands-on experiments with clay and theory discussion. It combines embodied connections and interpersonal neurobiology with clinical application. Clay can offer back to us our way of being in the world. Haptic perception, through touch, is our earliest and most fundamental form of human experiencing. We come to understand about the world through our hands. Using clay within the Gestalt therapy relationship combines kinesthetic motor action with sensory perception and field sensitivities. It gives us access to non-verbal affect, materializing into awareness experience that is then therapeutically available.
Participants completing this workshop will be able to 1) integrate an informed understanding of the use of clay into their clinical practice; and 2) differentiate a distinctively Gestalt therapy theoretical approach to the use of clay from a phenomenological perspective.
Participants who would like the fully haptic experience should feel free to bring clay or a substitute. The most basic modeling material can be made with flour, salt, and water; a recipe will be sent out in advance.
Christine Stevens, PhD, is the editor of the British Gestalt Journal. She is a Gestalt therapist, supervisor, trainer, and writer. She is a member of EAGT, IAAGT, UKAGP, and GPTI. For 16 years, she was a faculty member for the doctorate in psychotherapy programs at Metanoia Institute, specializing in research methods. She is a visiting trainer to institutes in Slovenia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland as well as in the UK. She is the director of The Clay Studio, Nottingham, where she is involved in arts-based social engagement work with refugees. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and arts-based research in psychotherapy.