Bruce Carruth, Ph.D., San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
Borderland is that area between where we live, what we know … and the unknown, the vast arena of the seldom explored.
Our patterns of recreating (for better or worse) our history in our current life
From this perspective, we’ll emphasize how personal history coalesces into four primary dynamics that are the product of our history:
how we relate to others in our world
how we manage emotions,
our core schemas that filter the interaction between self and environment
core principles and values by which we live
These four patterns become the gist of therapy. For many of us, relational issues are paramount and define our basic struggles in life. For others, it is a core affect that dominates our life space, an affect that has to be avoided at all costs, or is periodically unmanageable. For others the primary life dilemmas are dominated by core beliefs that have evolved over a lifetime and limit or distort opportunities for engagement. Underdeveloped or overly rigid core principles and values limit versatility, adaptability and self-acceptance. For all of us, these dynamics are inevitably inter-linked.
These relational, affective, cognitive and value patterns coalesce in a unique character style that is always both functional and potentially limiting. The more limiting the style, the more likely life is to be difficult and self-defeating. The more functional and versatile the style, the more likely an individual is to have lasting relationships, make good life decisions and be open to new experience
In the workshop, we’ll practice identifying life themes and character styles that underlie presenting problems and repetitive dilemmas of clients, how those patterns manifest in our own lives and either enhance or limit our work with clients. The larger focus of the week will be moving beyond presenting dilemmas and concerns and stepping with support and courage into the under-explored borderland of personal history, facing the threats of overpowering emotions, difficult relationships and self-limiting beliefs and schema in a safe and bounded therapeutic environment. The inherent resistance to exploring the borderland will be understood as part of the challenge of helping the client transcend their “stuck” place. We’ll pay particular attention to the meaning of metaphor and the utilization of trance states when doing work with character style. Our ongoing agenda will be the vital area of counter-transference that arises in work with character structure and how the therapist engages with and utilizes the transference and counter-transference inherent in the relationship to promote growth and change.
Primary learning methods over the week will be brief presentations by the leader, demonstrations of therapeutic interventions, group interaction, opportunities for personal growth and skill building exercises. The goal is for participants to have an opportunity to observe, reflect, integrate and develop new perspectives on strategies for personal growth and change. Opportunities for individual consultation with the leader will be available.
The workshop is limited to 10 mental health professionals with advanced degrees and training. The workshop site is the office of Dr. Bruce Carruth.
Fee for the workshop is $400.
Housing in San Miguel de Allende is widely available and ranges from inexpensive hotel rooms to luxurious apartments for 2 or more attendees. We will assist finding optimal accommodations to meet your needs.
San Miguel de Allende is a dynamic small city (140,000 people) in the colonial highlands of Mexico. It recently was voted the #3 city in the world to visit by Travel+Leisure and in 2013 was named “The Best City in the World” by Conde Nast readers. It is designated as a “Pubelo Magico” by the Mexican Tourism Board and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is colonial in charm and design but sophisticated and dynamic with exciting dining, has numerous venues for first class music and theater, is a world center for visual arts and has delightful year-round Springtime weather.
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