Intensive Training in Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy
Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy (SIRP) is an innovative, integrative and insight-action oriented approach. It emerged from the authors’ observations in their clinical work with children, adolescents and adults in the context of individual, couple, family and parent-child therapy. To explain their observations regarding the origin and maintenance of the clients’ psychological and relational problems, the authors borrowed constructs from relational theory, psychodynamic theory and self-psychology and from developmental psychology.
A major construct of SIRP is that of motivation. Motivation is defined in terms of core self, relational and physical intimacy needs. SIRP broadens the current paradigm consisting of thoughts/beliefs, affects and behaviors to explain human behaviors by including the concept of motives.
SIRP pays equal attention to an individual’s subjective experiences which include thoughts/beliefs, affects and motives and to an individual’s external behaviors such as relational patterns, communication style and defensive strategies. It is assumed that a client’s subjective experiences significantly affect both his and her functional and dysfunctional behaviors, relational patterns and communication style. More precisely, SIRP assumes that unmet core needs underlie psychological and relational problems.
The goal of therapy is to help an individual to recognize, accept and to appropriately assert his and her core needs in meaningful relationships. SIRP focuses both on the relationship and on the self, that is, it helps individuals to be intimately bonded in a relationship and at the same time to maintain his and her sense of self and autonomy. To accomplish the psychotherapy goals, SIRP borrows interventions from action-oriented therapies.
The course and training is designed for mental health professionals including psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers. The course introduces the participants to all aspects of SIRP. The course comprises three units, namely: foundational theorists and the SIRP approach; assessment and conceptualization using SIRP constructs; and treatment. Each unit constitutes 45 hours of classroom lectures and external classroom activities. Each unit is presented over a period of three to four months. The course is presented on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30, begins on September 3, 2021 and is completed on June 10, 2022. The course is offered online.
After completing the course, participants will have a good grasp of the SIRP approach and be able to apply the approach in their professional practice. Monthly meetings are offered for participants who wish to continue to develop their competency in the SIRP approach. For more information and to register, go to www.isirp.com.