Futility, Failure, and Forgiveness in Treatment
When understood and managed well, even failures in therapeutic treatment can serve the needs of the client as well as the therapist. Our capacity to fully experience and explore, rather than fretfully sidestep, feelings of futility, helplessness, and despair in session is one of the great gifts that we can offer. This interactive workshop will help you accept the inevitability of disappointing clients, and of being disappointed by them, laying the groundwork for reciprocal healing and a mutually expanded capacity for self-recognition and self-realization. You’ll discover how to:
- Explore your personal and clinical weaknesses and vulnerabilities with patience, compassion, and intelligence, better enabling you to do the same with your clients
- Grieve for the necessary loss of clinical omnipotence so that new pathways toward learning and growth reveal themselves
- Maintain your belief in effective treatment even when it inescapably stalls and founders at various junctures
- Forgive yourself and your clients for your respective limitations and co-create a healing relationship that, however imperfect, can be meaningful and restorative
Brad Sachs, PhD, is a practicing family psychologist and the bestselling author of numerous books for both professional and general audiences.