March 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT | $135 - $150

Terry Marks-Tarlowe

Terry Marks-Tarlow

Goddard College’s Department of Psychology and Counseling celebrates its newly developed concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy by hosting a one-day workshop with Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, psychologist and author of many texts, including Psyche’s Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity (Routledge, 2008), Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy: The Neurobiology of Embodied Response (Norton, 2012) and Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists (Norton, 2014), among others.

This workshop is directed toward clinical and mental health professionals, educators, and those with an interest in creativity and growing well-being. In it we will explore the landscape of developing clinical intuition that is central to the work of the therapist.


As psychotherapists, how do we know exactly what to do and say? Clinical intuition is indispensable to effective psychotherapy, yet the topic is rarely discussed within the current social politics of our field. Clinical intuition fills the gap between theory and practice through moment-to-moment, embodied perceptions, and emergent responses unique to each person, moment, and therapeutic dyad. By tapping into clinical intuition, we naturally access our interpersonal creativity, which allows us to tap into flow states and keeps our work inspiring and fresh.

This cutting edge workshop explores conscious as well as non-conscious aspects of intuition that arise in therapists and patients alike. An interactive format integrates nonlinear sciences, interpersonal neurobiology, and artful dimensions of psychotherapy. In this partly didactic, partly experiential seminar, we will explore clinical intuition from multiple perspectives:

  1. The paradigm shift afforded by nonlinear science (chaos theory, complexity theory and fractal geometry) for mind/body/brain integration;
  2. Intuition’s workings via bottom-up, implicit, non-conscious modes of communication;
  3. Its evolutionary and developmental roots within mammalian limbic emotional and motivational circuits;
  4. Its creative manifestation in the therapeutic dialogue through PLAY, including unconsciously orchestrated games that organize relational bids and rhythms of engagement, defense, and novel emergence.


  1. Understand the nonlinear, unpredictable, spontaneous, and emergent nature of clinical intuition, by which inherently creative practices fill the gap between theory and minute-to‐minute practice;
  2. Contrast right-brain intuition with left-brain deliberation in terms of implicit, bottom-up, non-conscious processes versus explicit, top‐down, conscious analyses;
  3. Examine evolutionary and developmental contexts in which intuitive processes arise;
  4. Integrate a play model into psychotherapy, where creativity, improvisation, curiosity and exploration complement a rupture and repair approach to psychological healing and growth.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 9 AM to 5 PM in the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. Those attending should arrive between 8 and 8:30 AM. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided with registration.

Registration for this event is $150 for the public, $135 for alumni. CE’s are available for $20.00, to be paid on the day of the workshop.

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Deb Armstrong


Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College
123 Pitkin Rd.
Plainfield, VT United States
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