Meeting the Other Through Conversation and Play - May 12, 2018


Meeting the Other Through Conversation and Play - May 12, 2018


Date:  May 12, 2018
Time: Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Tuition: $149.50
Early Bird: $130.00 (before 4/27/2018) - use promo code: play

Continuing Education (CE): 6.5 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Carol Swanson, LCSW

We'll explore a combination of experiential learning, didactic presentation and group discussion to illuminate the central concepts of conversation and play from the ideas of Hans George-Gadamer.   We will focus on how his idea of play and what he calls the "genuine conversation" is an ideal model and compatible  for Gestalt therapists.   We'll engage in serious play together and learn how play absorbs the players, how the back-and-forth movement in play is similar to ideas of dialogue, and how the movement emerges in-between, not "inside" any player.

Gestalt therapists use of experiment is similar to Gadamer's idea of play.   We'll explore experiments and play together throughout this workshop.   We'll look at how some clients don't feel free enough to play--with ideas, language, and experiments due to anxiety or a history of trauma.  The idea that the "game must go on" is relevant to ideas of play and life.

This workshop is designed/appropriate for all professionals including: Counselors, social workers, psychologists, physicians, nurses, art and music therapists. Coaches, managers, supervisors and others interested in exploring these topics are welcome. 

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Recognize  the contribution of Hans-George Gadamer  to conversation or dialogue;
  • Describe  how these ideas can increase effectiveness in the clinical hour;
  • Create a working definition of dialogical hermeneutics; 
  • Experience  the meaning of play and conversation; and
  • Discover how these ideas can be integrated into clinical work.