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ERIC Number: ED097606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 8
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Increasing Facilitator Effectiveness by Bridging Two Modes of Consciousness.
Alperson, Erma Dosamantes
To fully explore the range of our human consciousness, we must have access to all available modes of experiencing: the bodily-implicit and the rational-explicit. To the extent that we become alienated from our bodily-felt side, we respond solely in terms of what the external situation demands. We lose sight of our own feelings and needs and function only in accordance with the expectations of others. To the degree that we fail to make explicit our internally felt experience, we limit the impact and exchange that we may have with others. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how a movement therapy process that includes movement, imagery, and verbalization as one unified experience can be facilitative to psychotherapy-trainees. As a consequence of their exposure to such a movement therapy process, five psychotherapy-trainees became more effective facilitators in verbal therapy. The author claims that a process, such as movement therapy, that begins with the bodily-felt level and helps to extend this experiencing outward through verbalization, places an individual directly in touch with his own experiential process. A psychotherapist who contacts his experiential impasses in an implicit-bodily way, is then better able to adopt an intuitive, empathic attitude toward the concerns of his own clients. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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