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This is a sample of how a workshop on the Four Rooms of Change can be arranged.

The Four Rooms of Change workshop

Planning for a workshop by CJ at The Green House, Christina Lake, British Columbia. Spring 2002.

Day 1, Evening

Introduction (c:a 2 hrs). Paricipats create the Four Rooms of Change Theory.

Day 2, AM

  1. Where are you right now?
    Imagine that we spread the 4 Rooms on the floor of this room, so that the different corners are, in turn, Contentment, Denial, Confusion and Renewal. Go to that corner which corresponds most closely to how you feel right now!
    Task for the different groups: Why did you go to this room? Tell each other how you feel right now.
  2. Life »diagnosis«.
    The different aspects of my life, where are they? Personal reflections, to be shared afterwards in dyads. (Each person is free to choose to tell the other about their life, concretely, or comment the exercise abstractly, i.e. »I got more clear about this or that«, or, »I got nothing out of this«.)
  3. Organizational (or systems) diagnosis.
    Translate the rooms from personal to organizational realities.
    Example: What are the conditions for Contentment? Contentment, for both an indivudual and a system or an organization, is created by having realistic goals and reaching them. So, what else characterizes organizational Contentment? What are the characteristics of Denial, Confusion and Renewal in organizations?
  4. Questions and answers.

Day 1, PM

  1. The Outsider Scale.
    Self-Censors and Outsiders.
    A 24 item questionnaire going into many existential issues in depth. With questions concerning personal integration.
  2. Questions and answers in whole group.

Day 2, AM

  1. Where are you?
    Yesterdays exercise repetaed, giving CJ an immediate over-view of what has happened to people as well as, for them, an opportunity to talk about anything they might be preoccupied with.
  2. Problem solving.
    The PS Matrix. The questions in each frame are explained. The right discipline. Giving up. Flow as a matter of taking on challenges. Circle of Contentment (a re-framing exercise).
    Personal problem solving. One problem selected. Work individually, sharing afterwards in dyads, followed by sharing in whole group.
  3. Theoretical connections:
    MBTI (Jung's typology). The Seasons of a Man's Life by Levinson et.al. Facticity and project according to Sartre. Winnie-the-Pooh and Contentment.

Day 2, PM

  1. Characterize the Devil, characterize Jesus Christ in key words.
    Now, consider them together, in an open dialogue, cooperating.
  2. The Holy Quaternity.
  3. Ask the archetypes for advice.
  4. Archetypes, psychodrama.
  5. Where are you, questions and answers, theoretical connections.

Day 3, AM

1. Summary of themes

  1. Change
  2. Where are you, life diagnosis, systems diagnosis
  3. Self-Censors and Outsiders
  4. Problem solving
  5. The Holy Quaternity
  6. Archetypal psychodrama
  7. Theoretical connections

The above themes have been dealth with but can, of course, be returned to if there is time.

2. Loving »in« or »out«

Some people love best, most realistically & relaxed, when they love people who are more censored than they, themselves. Some prefer those who are more »far out«.

Talk by CJ. Two groups, those who love »in«, those who love »out«. Plus and minus aspects. Take turns, aquarium arrangement. A person who has both experiences can complete picture from spectator's position.

3. Diagnosing depression

Depression as loss of contakt with the Holy Ghost. Can one perceive early signs and stop oneself? Those who have experienced depression of any depth talk in aquarium arrangement.



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