Sometimes you climb the ladder to the top,
only to discover that you’ve placed it against the wrong wall.
~ Joseph Campbell
I’m going to re-look at some deeply held truths we were taught to believe about professional development in the field of psychotherapy.
Actually, if these truths are closely examined, they are perpetuated lies.
What’s worse than falsehood is a distorted truth.
This is not an attempt to put up a straw man about our field. Rather, I hope we can
a) Stop digging ourselves into a deeper hole, and
b) Get ourselves out of the entrenchment.
Before you read on, answer the following question:
Do you consider yourself a person who is open to challenging your own assumptions?
If you are, read on. If not, the following list is going to cause you some discomfort.
Here it goes:
In no particular order, here are signs that we are barking up the wrong tree in our professional development: