About this event:
“Emotional Availability in Group:
Expanding the Capacity for Intimacy in Group Members and Leaders”
Presented by Jeffrey S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA
As psychotherapists, we routinely work with our patient’s availability for emotional engagement. Our success depends, in part, on our own emotional availability. During this workshop, we will examine both the openness and resistance to emotional involvement in groups. We will discuss common sources of resistance for both members and leaders. As we deepen our understanding of resistance, we can more readily welcome both positive and negative transferences. Additionally, we will explore Modern Psychoanalytic approaches to working with resistance, such as joining, emotional communication, and contact functioning.
- Discuss the influence of personal history on the therapist’s emotional availability
- List three common sources of countertransference resistance
- Name three patient fears that impede emotional intimacy
- Define emotional availability
- Distinguish between objective and subjective countertransference reactions
- Identify emotions that you may discourage in your clinical work
Jeff Hudson’s clinical practice is guided by a belief that our clients can unconsciously know what we are open to experiencing emotionally and what we are reluctant to experience. He is a strong proponent of group membership as a component of a therapist’s professional and personal growth.
Jeff is a group psychotherapist in private practice in Austin, Texas. He is a former President of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society and has served two terms on its Board of Directors. Jeff has been a Board Member of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health since 2006 and served two terms as the Vice Chairman of the Board. He is also a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). In 2007, Jeff co-founded AGPA’s first local fund-raising committee to provide scholarships to the AGPA Annual Meeting.
A frequent presenter on group treatment at the local and national level, Jeff maintains an active group practice that includes both solo and co-leadership of therapy and training groups. One of his ongoing training groups meets in Nashville, Tennessee.