A Crash Course in (Existential-) Phenomenology

A Crash Course in (Existential-) Phenomenology
Presented by Nigel Polak

Phenomenology is increasingly becoming a go-to concept in the fields of psychotherapy, counselling and psychology with PACFA’s draft definition of “Psychotherapy” asserting that:

“A psychotherapist engages with a person or group in a co-created process of deep listening, dialogical relating and phenomenological investigation to discover possibilities for growth, change and healing.” 
Psychotherapists and counsellors with a strong foundation in an existentially informed approach like existential therapy or gestalt therapy are likely to be very familiar with “phenomenological investigation” as a stand-alone approach to client engagement and deep presence-informed inquiry, whilst person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behaviourally influenced practitioners may not be so familiar with the applicability of phenomenology to their own practice.
Practitioners may also not be aware that prominent common factors researchers assert that existential-phenomenology “…may well be the most useful and flexible basis for the integration of any combination of models” (Wampold, 2008).
This short sharp online experiential workshop will blast through the modern history and current practice of phenomenology before providing participants with the opportunity to experience “being phenomenological” for themselves.


Wednesday 27 March 2019
7:00pm—9:00pm (AEDT)
Online via Zoom
PACFA Members $20 (incl. GST)
Student Members $15 (incl. GST)
Non-Members $35 (incl. GST)

This event counts as 2 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

Register via the PACFA Portal

Nigel Polak is a Melbourne-based psychotherapist (to be confirmed pending emerging PACFA accreditation standards), counsellor, coach and teacher of counselling. His private practice, Melbourne Relationship Coaching & Counselling, supports individuals and couples to repair and rejuvenate their lives and relationships towards greater freedom, responsibility and a sense of meaning. A self-proclaimed existential therapist, he trained at Regent’s College London supervised by renowned existential therapist and author Professor Ernesto Spinelli. An academic teacher and clinical supervisor at the Australian College of Applied Psychology’s School of Counselling in Melbourne and Online for the past 9 years, Nigel is a seasoned lecturer and group facilitator known for inspiring participants with his spontaneous experiments and unconventional wisdom. He is philosophically opposed to any cultural trend that advocates the “need to be positive”.    

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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