An Experiential Workshop
Fridays, 7/24/20, 7/31/20, 8/7/20
6* APA Approved CE’S
For Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists
What is the Here-and-Now Technique that Irvin Yalom, Fritz Perls and many others discuss in their work?
How does working in the Here-and-Now unlock dormant emotional energy in difficult clients?
What prevents us as clinicians from working in the Here-and-Now and how can we become more comfortable and confident with this powerful approach?
This workshop is a process group. That means you will get a taste of what it’s like being a client in a Here-and-Now environment. This creates an unparalleled opportunity for learning, growth and connection.
The workshop draws from five articles on essential aspects of the Here-and-Now.
In light of the restrictions placed on us all by COVID-19, we will pay special attention to how to work in a process-oriented, here-and-now way while treating people over video and phone. In addition, payment for this course will be on a donation-basis.
This workshop is part of a greater vision:
A community of therapists
Who enjoy working in the Here-and-Now
Are interested in process groups
And support each other
In personal and professional growth.
Attending this workshop is the first step in being part of that community and creating that vision together.
*6 CEs are available and handled through R. Cassidy Seminars for an additional $40 paid to them and will cover Psychologists whose States require CEs, New York Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychoanalysts, Creative Arts Therapists, Mental Health Counselors.
“This course, Deeper in the Here-and-Now, Approval #182709-553, provided by Jacob Winkler, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: October 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020. New Jersey social workers will receive six (6) clinical continuing education hours for participating in this course.”
I was excited to join this process group to explore how people experience me and compare it to my self-concept. The process turned out to be enlightening, frightening and fun. I’ve participated in two meetings already and plan on attending more. I learned something about myself each time and although it was not entirely new, I learned how to see it in a new way and that is what makes it transformative. For me, learning how to use the here and now moment to express thoughts and feelings towards others in the group was like learning how to play a new game. You’re not really sure of the rules or how good you will be at but you’re eager to start playing and see how well you do. Working in the here and now is a useful life skill, both on a personal and professional level. This is a powerful and effective intervention in the clinical setting and will enable both therapist and patient to go deeper. Jacob is a skilled group leader who runs the group with authenticity – a trait which I believe is the essence of all successful relationships.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the “Deeper In the Here & Now” workshop provided by Jacob Winkler, LCSW. This experience was intense, challenging, and liberating. My objective in attending was to learn tactics for when I feel stuck with clients. Jacob has a knack and natural artistry for operating in the “here-and-now” and utilizing the provocative approach. Witnessing him instantly turn frustrating and stalemate scenarios with group participants into opportunities for growth, progress, and connection was invigorating. Two days following the workshop, I found myself tuning more into my felt-sense while in session with a client. Giving voice to the felt-sense released me of a tiring and suffocating feeling that I had to continue sitting in my chair and “dealing with” the feelings I was experiencing with the client in the here-and-now. More importantly, it allowed the client to access underlying feelings in the therapy room that she had not been aware she’d been experiencing outside of therapy. Jacob, thank you again for taking us “deeper” so that our work can continue to be about taking our clients to higher levels of awareness and change.
I recently attended Jacob’s Deeper in the Here–and–Now workshop. My original intention was to broaden my expertise in group psychotherapy through immersion into the simulation of an actual group. What I experienced was far greater than I imagined, and certainly was not a simulation. Participating involved navigating rapidly shifting roles of clinician, colleague, and individual. As participants interacted, professional demeanors were swept away in a manner that broke down barriers and hidden coping strategies, and complex, often painful emotions were evoked. As clinicians, we attempted to diagnose, challenge, and treat, but ultimately we became clients ourselves. As colleagues, we came to know, understand, and care for each other. By the end of the session, we had become a group of vulnerable people, more fully aware of ourselves and each other, connected in a much deeper way than we ever expected. Thank you Jacob for this unique opportunity to gain insight into the here-and-now, to grow personally and professionally, and to better understand and serve our clients.
Participating in Jacob’s process group was such a humbling experience both personally and professionally. Being a part of the group was a reminder of the courage and vulnerability our clients carry with them as they enter our space. The group experience also evoked powerful emotions that challenged me to reflect on my own inner work. These unexpected, raw, emotions encouraged me to continue the reflection outside of the group which has helped me grow personally as well as clinically. I highly encourage any therapist looking to deepen their practice to participate in this unique opportunity, it was eye opening!
Jacob is a thoughtful, perceptive clinician and a skilled, engaging group facilitator. The Deeper-in-the-Here-and-Now workshop that I attended was exhilarating and introduced me as a clinician and individual to a powerful way of working therapeutically. The here-and-now process is remarkably effective in putting one’s defenses in relief. It invites participants to allow ourselves to be truly seen, vulnerable and to connect with others in unexpected ways. That all of the attendees were therapists elevated and accelerated the work that we were able to accomplish in a relatively short time. The readings provided by Jacob were theoretically illuminating, accessible and interesting. The supervision portion of the workshop was productive and provided an opportunity to discuss the interventions that we had read about and experienced in group. I eagerly look forward to participating in a future workshop. Even this small amount of exposure to this way of working has impacted my personal work and my clinical practice. It is nothing short of revelatory.