Comprehend, Cope, Connect: An Experience Based Approach to Mental Health

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Comprehend, Cope, Connect: An Experience Based Approach to Psychosis & Other Mental Health Challenges - Presented by Isabel Clarke

Comprehend, Cope and Connect (CCC: Clarke & Nicholls 2018) integrates a number of third wave approaches. The individual’s felt sense is the starting point, with the idea that all mental health presentations stem from attempts to cope with this where it is unbearable.

Psychosis is the escape route available to some people (Clarke 2013). The impact of trauma, healing the self –self relationship through self-compassion, and normalizing anomalous experiencing, are all integral to the approach. The individual’s experience and their ways of coping with it are validated and their strengths and values identified first. Facing up to ineffective coping, and introducing more adapted coping, follow from that. Mindfulness is key to this work on change.

The approach is not so much trans-diagnostic as dismantling of diagnosis, and includes a perspective on psychosis that sees it as part of a wider potential of human experiencing that includes valued aspects such as spirituality and creativity (Clarke 2008, 2010).

The webinar will introduce the main ideas, encouraging participants to ground them in their own experience, and will encourage discussion of this challenging approach.

About the presenter:

Isabel Clarke's work spans two areas: psychosis and spirituality, and clinical psychology. Both draw on the research based Interacting Cognitive Subsystems model of cognition, and both seek to bring spirituality into centre stage, founding it in cognitive and other research and theory, and regarding it as a central part of what it means to be human.

Recently Isabel has been developing Comprehend, Cope and Connect (CCC - previously known as Emotion Focused Formulation Approach, EFFA) in the diverse contexts of Acute, Primary Care and Culture Free Adaptation. See "ICS Underpinning 3rd Wave CBT" and the following book for more details:

Clarke, I. & Nicholls, H. (2018) Third Wave CBT Integration for Individuals and Teams: Comprehend, Cope and Connect. London & NY: Routledge.

Other books by Isabel Clarke:

Clarke, I. (2013) Spirituality: a new way into understanding psychosis. In E.M.J. Morris, L.C.Johns & J.E.Oliver Eds. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness for Psychosis. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.P.160-171.

Clarke, I. ( 2008) Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God. Winchester:'O'Books.

Clarke, I. (Ed.) (2010) Psychosis and Spirituality: consolidating the new paradigm. Chichester: Wiley

About ISPS-US webinars:

ISPS-US webinars are free to ISPS members, with a donation of $5-$20 requested from others, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Please do register if you want to attend!

These meetings are recorded and shared on the ISPS website and elsewhere for later viewing.

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