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Existential Uncertainty

A 1-day workshop facilitated by Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Dublin

Current issues such as political and economic instability, climate change, and Brexit have provoked ever-increasing levels of anxiety and confusion. In turn, these concerns serve to highlight the degree to which uncertainly permeates our lives. Among contemporary psychotherapeutic models, existential psychotherapy emphasizes the inevitability of uncertainty. Its foundational stance of relatedness makes it evident that no individual "I" can ever fully determine, with complete and final certainty, what and how the world will be; how another or others will be; or even how "I" will be at any point time.

Paradoxically, existential therapy argues that uncertainty remains a constant given of human experience, not just an occasional and temporary consequence of unusual circumstances. This inevitability of uncertainty, and the openness of existence it proclaims, alerts us to the awareness that prior knowledge, values, assumptions and beliefs regarding self, others and the world are problematic. These may be "opened" to challenge, reconsideration or dissolution at any time. If existential therapy is correct in this, what might it tell us about the practical aspects of working with uncertainty as therapists and counsellors?

This workshop considers how to draw out and work with the (often) implicit fears and concerns regarding the uncertainty experienced by both therapists and clients. It combines lectures, discussion, experiential exercises, and case material (including any that participants bring to the seminars) and we will look at how their constructive possibilities may be enhanced and incorporated into the therapeutic encounter. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own experiences of uncertainty whether within the professional arena of being a therapist or, more broadly, within their lives and in their relations with others as a whole.


Professor Ernesto Spinelli
Professor Ernesto Spinelli was Chair of the Society for Existential Analysis between 1993 and 1999 and is a Life Member of the Society. His writings, lectures and seminars focus on the application of existential-phenomenology to the arenas of therapy, psychology, and executive coaching. He is a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as an APECS accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor. In 1999, Ernesto was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Counselling Psychology. And in 2000, he was the recipient of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. Ernesto is Director of ES Associates, an organization dedicated to the advancement of psychotherapy, coaching, and supervision through specialist seminars and training programmes. His most recent book, Practising Existential Psychotherapy: The Relational World 2nd editon (Sage, 2015) has been widely praised as a major contribution to the advancement of existential theory and practice. His previous books include The Interpreted World: an introduction to phenomenological psychology, 2nd ed (Sage, 2005); Demystifying Therapy (PCCS, 2006); Tales of Un-knowing (PCCS, 2006); and The Mirror and The Hammer: challenging therapeutic orthodoxies (Sage, 2001)... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £130
Self-funded x 2: £200
Self-funded x 2: £180 (PSI, IACP, IAHIP and ICP members)
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Palatine Room
The Irish Museum of Decorative Arts and History
Collins Barracks
Benburb Street
Dublin 7

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15.30 Tea
17:00 End