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The Future of Bodywork

The Role of the Client in Bodywork
Panel: Deane Juhan, Dave Campbell, Diana Thompson, BJ Erkan,
Jack Blackburn, Alison Day, with Michael Hamm as Moderator

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:00-9:30PM, in Seattle, WA

This special symposium is the third in the Trillium Institute's series: The Future of Bodywork. As before, the evening will include a panel of bodywork practitioners and educators. There will also be breakout groups formed around certain issues and much opportunity for discussion.

The theme for this evening will center around the question: “What part does the client play in his/her own therapy?” We will look at different possible activations of client physical, verbal, and somatic interactions. We will also look at less interactive client responses like sleeping, chatting, dissociation, flashbacks, and panic attacks. We will also look at client self-care approaches away from the sessions. Are there ways of improving our therapeutic effectiveness that involve revising and expanding our scope of practice and paradigm of treatment by directly involving clients in their own healing?

Issues Affecting the Client’s Role:
  • Third Party payments and treatment prescriptions overlook client participation
  • Client expectations and practitioner perceptions of clients
  • Prevailing treatment paradigms in bodywork, symptomatic relief and relaxation
  • Somatic approaches and facilitation of client awareness
  • Prevailing training limits lacking psychological understanding and counseling skills
  • Lack of paradigm defining practitioner/client interaction and teamwork
  • Lack of rigorous model for Body Mind Spirit approaches
  • What approaches work best in recruiting clients into their own processes?
  • How do we discover what is happening inside the client during the session?

At least 50 percent of what is happening during sessions is determined by the client. And 100 percent of what is happening between sessions is determined by the client. We know that many factors in clients’ lives determine how they progress in bodywork sessions. Some clients become very involved in their own process and some clients leave everything up to the practitioner and the insurance company. Many clients do not really know why we do what we do and many clients assume that we get paid our regular rates by third party payers. Clients do not know how much their attitude about their bodies, their emotional state and their external lives affect their body state and vice versa. How can we work with clients and include these factors in their process legitimately?

The Future of Bodywork (Seattle, WA)
Panel Discussion and Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:00-9:30PM, 3 CE hours
Location: Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle
Tuition: $40 one person, $60 two people registering together

This class is being sponsored by Jack Blackburn as part of his series The Future of Bodywork. Please go to Jack's web site to register for this April 25 Seattle event.

Go to Seattle sponsor page

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Deane JuhanDave CampbellDiana ThompsonBJ Erkan
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Jack BlackburnAlison DayMichael Hamm
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