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19 June 2021 | Online Workshop | The Imposter Syndrome: overcompensation in ourselves and our clients

This experiential arts workshop is aimed at practitioners who have experienced a feeling that they will never know enough and may have a tendency to overcompensate at work. We will explore how feeling like an imposter and being in the place of “not knowing” is mutual to us and our clients, and how compassion assists us to find and meet in the place (field) of knowing and belonging…as Rumi said, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

We will cover “imposter syndrome” in the light of the pandemic which has necessitated adjusting to working online in a profession where we rely on the observation of so many non-verbal cues and expressions.

The aims of the workshop are for participants to:

  • Understand the imposter syndrome
  • Recognize the imposter cycle in ourselves and our clients
  • Recognise co-morbidities, feelings and behavior associated with imposter syndrome e.g. anxiety, fear and over work
  • Be cognizant of the internal narratives of the “imposter”
  • Understand preconditions of inauthenticity as fertile ground for feeling like a fake
  • Identify tools to engage positively with negative thoughts
  • Reconsider the cases which most challenged our professional self-image
  • Deepen a sense of presence

This workshop is open to all who would find this useful but will be aimed at those in the helping professions (therapists/coaches/social workers/support workers/teachers/academics/advocates/nurses/doctors).

All levels of experience with art making welcome!

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. You will need access to a confidential space to work in, and will need clay or other modelling materials, as well as some drawing materials of your choice.


Marion Green: HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist; Certified Trauma Therapist. Marion has worked with people in the penal system, psychiatric care, with traumatised adolescents and the chronically sick and dying. She is a former social worker specialised in child protection and adoption. Marion currently works in private practice, is a clinical supervisor, a visiting lecturer at various UK and international art therapy trainings, and a published contributor to her profession.

Next Workshop

Date: Saturday 19th June 2021
Time: 10am-4pm
Fees: £144 employer funded; £120 self-funded; £108 students

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