One of the hallmarks of Jeffrey Kottler’s numerous books is the emphasis on practicing what we preach and teach to others. This means that our powers of persuasion and inspiration arise not only from our skills and abilities but also how we live our lives. We not only have an opportunity, but an obligation, to apply those ideas and lessons that we teach to others to our own lives. Nowhere is this more critical than in the ways we take care of ourselves, becoming a model of what we hope will touch others.
This workshop focuses on the ways that our clients, and our service to others, change our lives, personally and professionally. It is about the reciprocal effects and influences of helping relationships and how such reflective work can lead to better self-care. The experience is intended to help participants explore the ways their lives are enhanced and enriched by their helping efforts, as well as the challenges they face as part of the journey. In a few of Jeffrey’s books, such as On Being a Therapist, The Client Who Changed Me, and Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own, a consistent theme examines the uniquely human aspects of our relationships. We will also look at the ways that traditional Western models of helping and healing can be adapted to work with a variety of cultural groups, both within Canada and around the world. In addition, attention will be devoted to the ways that therapists can creatively expand their repertoire to include more active involvement in advocacy and social justice issues related to poverty, sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression. The workshop will be highly interactive, giving participants an opportunity to share their own experiences, joys, and struggles with therapeutic work, as well as inspiring them to appreciate the 'gifts' offered by our clients in the form of our own growth and learning.
Approved for 12 hours ACSW Category “A” credits for Social Workers.