Work to rebuild the structure of Self within a client is the “core” of LI Therapy. As much as the initial evaluation is crucial for defining what needs to be addressed in the treatment plan, the therapist must also be able to readjust his/her evaluation throughout the LI therapy.
The concept of a “solid core” is somewhat abstract for many people. Even if therapists can figure out what it means in neurological terms, the challenge is to have a concrete idea in terms of behaviors, emotional attitude, defense mechanisms and relationships patterns. The LI therapist must also have the ability to maintain assiduity with protocols used for building the Self structure, while also having the flexibility to feel the zone where it is “enough” for the client, and to know when to revisit previous protocols. Therapists must find the right balance between being firm in the therapeutic goal of rebuilding the client’s core self, and being flexible to attune with the client’s uniqueness.
Course material will include: Document and charts sent to participants before the course, a short evaluation of the course and a brief questionnaire about learning objectives.
Learning objectives – participants will be able to:
1. Recognize and define the criteria for assessing the strength of the Core structure.
- a. Attachment style (quality of relationships)
- b. Affect regulation
- c. Self-observation ability
- d. Self-love (self-esteem)
2. Evaluate these 4 criteria in a client and have a global perspective of the Self structure.
- a. In the client general presentation (in therapy and outside)
- b. During LI sessions.
3. Adjust the treatment plan according to the strength of the Core and according to what needs to be improved in the structure of Self (ex: choice of protocols).
4. Identify the common difficulties when using core building protocols
- a. What should be avoided when the core is too fragile
- b. When there is a stagnation in this process of building a solid Core