About this course
Overcoming psychological defences in yourself, your colleagues and the children you work with. Would you like to become a more effective leader and change-maker in your organisation? Do you want to improve your relationships with your colleagues and the children you work with? Are you interested in deepening your own self-awareness? Strong self-awareness and the capacity to stay calm, regulated and loving in the face of challenge are vital skills for being both an effective Thrive practitioner and a powerful leader and change-maker. However, when we feel threatened, our psychological defences can sometimes prevent us from being our best selves.
In this workshop, we will be using the metaphor of the cactus to explore the nature of psychological defences, how and why they develop and what they are protecting. Using experiential exercises, you will have the opportunity to imagine into the psychological defences of the adults and children you work with, as well as reflecting on your own defences. You will then explore how you can support yourself to be your best self, even in challenging circumstances, and how you can help others to do the same.
You will come away from the workshop with:
• deeper knowledge of psychological defences and how they relate to interrupted development
• greater empathy for and understanding of your own defences and those of others
• ways of supporting yourself to stay centred in the face of difficulty
• practice in how to overcome the defences of others through constructive ways of relating.