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The Discipline: The Stance of Counselling


Nov 17, 18, 24, Dec 1


$775, 15% discount for groups of 3 or more & for CityU Alumni

Delivery Mode

Synchronous online

The Stance:

Effective counsellors with confidence, authenticity, and ease. Their techniques feel like work
an extension of themselves and their interventions are supercharged, because clients
respond to clarity and genuineness.

But what about those of us who feel like we are pulling treatments like a magician from a
hat? How do we discover and build a clinical practice that is fully aligned with ourselves?
This course offers a method we have developed at Nightingale Counselling and Research for
building internal clinical alignment, no matter who you are. Imagine feeling conviction and
clarity in your clinical technique. Imagine feeling a clear direction towards the approaches
that “fit”. Imagine transforming multi-modal eclecticism into a coherent practice in your own
unique voice. We call this systemic coherence.

Clients can feel the difference

Evidence shows that the central mechanism for creating therapeutic change is the client’s
sense of consistency across their therapist’s beliefs, explanations, and techniques. In a
clinical world of bewildering diversity and eclecticism of modalities, finding a coherent
ground on which to stand is anything but a given.

There is a path to achieving systemic coherence. We call this “The Stance”. Learn how to
build a clinical practice atop your unique constellation of beliefs, experiences, and
assumptions about the world. Explore how these interact with the population, problems, and
techniques that makeup clinical life.

In “The Stance” you will learn to:

  • Understand how our beliefs and experiences interact—positively/productively or
    negatively/counter-productively—with various clinical treatments;
  • Uncover your personal alignment and create a clinical practice that is characterized by a feeling of flow;
  • Alleviate clinical insecurity and demonstrate courage, confidence, presence, and ease
    to your clients;
  • Reconcile your deeply held political, philosophical, and spiritual viewpoints with your
    clinical style.
  • These practices will:
    • Amplify your therapeutic outcomes by harnessing the felt sense of authenticity
      across the therapeutic relationship;
    • Develop the therapeutic strength and endurance to sustain larger caseloads with
      less stress;
    •  Increase client conversions and retention while deepening therapeutic relationships.

Each course is composed of 4 sessions: two six hour workshops and two 3 hour clinical groups and debriefings. Sessions include lectures, hands-on activities, group work and discussions with the instructor. Students will receive introductory readings about the General Practice Approach, as well as a course specific reading from Nightingale. They will also receive an accessible multi-modal bibliography including podcasts, youtube videos, and short writings to amplify the teachings.


Shane Trudell

Shane Trudell is a Founding Director of Nightingale Counselling. Shane’s counselling practice is rooted in critical theory and an emancipatory ethic, and his aspirational vision of what private practice can and should be guides this introduction to the business of counselling therapy. Shane’s work and research in his role as Director are about elevating the potential of private practice counselling therapy, for the benefit of clients, other counsellors, and counselling therapy itself. He works as a mentor, consultant, and instructor on how to contribute to the mental health community through ethical, muscular counselling practice.

Hart Caplan fundamental orientation to counselling is existential. At its heart, this approach doesn’t distinguish between cognitions (thinking) and affect (emotions) and the somatic (body). Instead, it (and I) attempt to make contact with the whole of one’s being. After all, we don’t refer to ourselves as “human brains” or “human bodies” but as human beings. This is why talk therapy participates in healing the body, but it also explains why attention to the body can help heal what we generally call mental illness. And in the midst of it all, feelings are the endlessly rich source of information that help connect thinking to the body.

In this way, I don’t think of my practice as curative. Rather, I think of the movement that is achieved in therapy as-being-towards-authenticity: i.e., when one’s interior and exterior and thinking, feeling, and bodily experiences are in concert. The task of therapy, then, is simply to learn to speak in and with one’s own voice.One of the great therapists of the last 50 years, Irvin Yalom, wrote that “the relationship is the therapy.” This is the cornerstone of my own thinking and practice.

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