Total CE Credit Hours: 1.5
Course Info URL: https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/102979
About the Course:
It has been established that attachment relationships, most notably between parents and children, include somatosensory communication via mirror neurons. This phenomenon, which can also manifest in the therapeutic relationship, is variously described as radical empathy, resonance, and a form of projective identification. Regardless of its name, empathic attunement to somatosensory information coming from the client can serve as be a powerful conduit for information needed to help them work through dissociated memory material. Information about the client’s experience may present itself to the therapist in ways that the client may not yet recognize in themselves, and which may not be immediately obvious to the therapist without some kind of framework for recognizing, stepping back from, and contextualizing it for the client.
This presentation will draw upon the available clinical and scientific literatures to explore empathic attunement as it manifests between the client and therapist. First, existing, psychodynamic, attachment, and dissociation-aware conceptualizations will be touched upon to contextualize this phenomenon; next, the evolution of scientific research that has lent support to these theories will be summarized; then, a practical, integrative technique for recognizing, framing, and bringing to consciousness dissociated material will be described and illustrated, via case examples. Finally, a discussion of the toll that this level of ongoing, deeply-experienced empathic resonance can have upon the therapist, as well as strategies for emotional cleansing, will be offered.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Is That Mine Or Yours? Recognizing and Bringing to Consciousness the Client’s Untold Story created by D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW in 2021.
Course Material Author
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for internediate levels of knowledge.
Name two ways of contextualizing non-verbal, empathic attunement
Name at least two studies supporting the existing of mirror neuron function at the emotional level
Identify three manifestations of empathic attunement in the psychotherapy relationship
Name the elements of a technique for recognizing, framing, and bringing to consciousness dissociated material to resolve it
Identify three strategies that can enhance one’s capacity for attunement
American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)
1.5 CE Credit hour
American Psychological Association (APA)
1.5 CE Credit hour
CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB ACE)
1.5 CE Credit hour
CE Learning Systems, LLC, provider #1020, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE Learning Systems, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/23/2019 – 2/23/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 clinical continuing education credit(s).
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
1.5 CPD hour
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