LaCerva to practitioners: It’s all about developing the therapeutic relationship

Twelve therapists, educators and personal coaches from NY, NJ, Massachusetts and Taiwan, joined the Institute’s Director of Clinical Training Christine LaCerva at the Social Therapy Group in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, for a day-long workout for practitioners focused on “developing the therapeutic relationship.”

Rafael Mendez, Christine LaCerva, Lois Holzman, Jackie Salit

LaCerva, author of The Community Therapist, helped participants challenge some assumptions about emotional growth and development and supported them to try-out new performances of themselves as initiators/shapers/creators of collaborative therapeutic dialogue. Says LaCerva:

Listening, philosophizing and relationality are the building blocks for creating therapeutic conversations that are curative.  That’s what I want practitioners to take away from this work.

Participants took turns leading a social therapy group, with active direction and supervision from LaCerva.  The next Professional Development Saturday is slated for October 19.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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