The New Global PSP Community: The Hopeful Advances and Improvements
Much is a happening at PSP right now: studios, laboratories, publications – and a revised school website.
First, the Studio sessions are well underway. We have already featured two studio – which enable members of the PSP the opportunity to interact with one another digitally (via Zoom), having independently viewed a film (or documentary) ahead of time. Then we convene a Saturday Zoom session (1 ½ hours in length) to share our perspective on the film or documentary. The PSP Studio is intended as a virtual setting in which participants can share their own personal perspectives on the film or documentary that they have each viewed—as well as engage in a dialogue regarding the psychological ramifications of the movie’s or documentary’s theme(s).
There is one other objective associated with the PSP Studio. Many of you are now engaged in “relational psychotherapy” –which is associated in turn with the concept of “intersubjectivity”. This perspective concerns a focus on the third entity in the therapy room – this being the relationship between therapist and client. Intersubjectivity essentially involves the reality created in every relationship formed between two people. All of this leads to our additional objective for each Studio. We devote the last fifteen minutes of each studio session to identifying ways in which this film might be used as an adjunct to therapy sessions (or coaching or consulting sessions). We will be taking the recommendations and insights coming from these sessions to create one or more new PSP certificate programs on Art/Film-Enhanced Human Services (Therapy/Coaching/Consulting).
The next Studio is scheduled for March 15 and will feature the film Octopus Teacher—which is about the remarkable relationship formed between a human being and an octopus. We can explore the nature of bonding and attachment in this unique relationship, as well as issued regarding transference and consciousness. If you would like to attend, please contact Maureen Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PSP Laboratory—like the traditional science (chemistry, physics or biology) laboratory is a setting in which new perspectives and practices are introduced and tested out through processes of collaborative inquiry engaged by members of the Global PSP community. Specifically, the PSP laboratories are designed to provide a venue for reflection and dialogue. Action plans are generated based on the laboratory-based inquiry, and the action planning is interwoven with constructive dialogue and learning from the work that has been engaged (action learning). Outcomes of the reflective practices and action learning are documented and shared with a much broader audience through publication of essays on the Communities Collaborating website (owned by PSP) and in the PSP-sponsored Library of Professional Psychology. Larger scale and sustained inquiries also will lead to preparation and publication of books by the Professional Psychology Press (which is one of three presses operated by the PSP-affiliated Ash Point Publishing). The first Laboratory (the Global Psychology Task Force) has focused on psychological ramifications of the COVID-19 virus, quantum theory and psychotherapy, and the role played by women in worlds dominated by repressive work. The next Task Force meeting is scheduled for March 26 (Friday) with a focus on consciousness and the embedded of technologies in this consciousness. More detailed regarding this laboratory is forthcoming and you can enroll in this laboratory by contacting Maureen Simmons (email@example.com).
- Posted by William Bergquist
- On February 15, 2021
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