Why we are doing this

The objective is to develop a self-experience training for counsellors and a handbook according to the situation described below. The focus is on the helping professions providing services on constructivist basis which is one of the most used approaches. It is a client-oriented approach where the professional and the client are equal partners. Language is the main tool which is used to find an understanding level between them and to support the client to find solutions for his problem. But a lot of problems go hand in hand with that. That’s why our objective is also to share expert knowledge among specialists in constructivist counselling as this type of counselling is highly effective for nowadays turbulent world.

The professional and the client each have their own value systems, personal limits, language patterns, social and cultural backgrounds, etc. All this is a source of misunderstandings, prejudice-inflicted situations, conflicts, difficulties of various kinds. The efficiency of the helping process can easily weaken. Helping professionals have many high quality tools and approaches but generally don´t have inner abilities for using the tools to their maximums, as education programs normally don´t focus enough on clearly defined “inner state”-factors. That means that professionals usually don´t know how to internally deal with differences between their value systems and value systems of their clients, ambiguities, different language patterns, etc. In practice, e.g. they often pass their own believes on their clients, being not aware of it, and thus spoiling the quality of constructivist counselling.

The main problem in the field of counselling is that counsellors have to deal with a complexity of different personalities (the self too) and outer circumstances. That leads to uncertainty, conflicts, lack of predictability of the outcome, confusion of values (self, organization, client´s), and much more. E.g., it is proven, that practically everybody has problems with dealing with ambiguity, i.e. situations that allow/need a bunch of different or even contradictory interpretations and following reactions. And a significant aspect is, that these problems usually are on a non-conscious level – we are not aware of them. This affects also the neglected body-mind interactions: Being aware of them is one of the relevant supporting factors in the helping process and counsellors are not trained for that. Therefore the Embodiment is an important part of the training.