Research consistently supports the importance of the therapeutic alliance for facilitating change with clients. This session will specifically address the development of presence among counseling professionals to support the development of effective therapeutic relationships. The presenters will draw on the scientific foundations and critical concepts of presence as illuminated through neurocounseling and interpersonal neurobiology research to offer practical recommendations on the cultivation of presence.
Attendees will develop an understanding and recognition of authentic presence as an essential component of therapeutic growth in counseling.
Attendees will become aware of the potential barriers to deep presence with clients and find ways to navigate those obstacles to interpersonal connection.
Attendees will learn about the neuroscience of presence and explore ways this knowledge can benefit their practice with clients.