1. Therapy in Motion 2 day conference in London 27 & 28th March 2015
Therapy in Motion: Therapeutic body language, proximity, movement and somatic communication
A 2-day conference with Roz Carroll, Fabiano Culora, Dr Frances LaBarre, Dr Pat Ogden, Heather Mason, Dr Tamara Russell
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March 2015
The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Movement has always been an explicit focus of the work in dance movement and body psychotherapies. But beyond that it has been implicit in the process of almost every face to face approach to psychotherapy because micro-movement, gesture and bodily expression are central to human communication whether consciously perceived or not. Recent years have seen great advances in bringing awareness to the theme of bodily communication, affect regulation, and understanding dissociation. Yet the resources in working directly with movement as an aspect of therapeutic work is largely undeveloped in mainstream psychotherapy.
This conference brings together practitioners at the cutting edge of movement theory and its application in psychotherapy. It features the fruits of interdisciplinary research in fields such as attachment, developmental psychology, anthropology, ethology, yoga, cross-cultural studies, dance, mindfulness, medicine, performing arts, somatic psychology, neuroscience and martial arts. Study in all these areas has contributed to a profoundly deepened understanding of non-verbal behaviour both as a source of meaning and as a ubiquitous shaper of therapeutic communication.
For therapists not trained in working with movement, it can seem very daunting to engage in exploring it. Yet these speakers have all bridged the movement and non-movement based approaches in psychotherapy, developing new accessible and creative syntheses in technique and relational engagement. They will focus on therapeutic skills and opportunities around engaging explicitly with the client’s movement process. There will be detailed illustration of how rhythmicities, postural mirroring, gesture, and micro movements can be included in therapeutic dialogue.
Full details of all lectures and workshops, including keynote by Roz:
Hands as a bridge to working with movement
Human hands have an extraordinarily rich communicative capacity both in terms of implicit relational signalling, and in terms of unconscious elaboration of symbolic thought. For clients and therapists sitting in chairs, the hands are at the intersubjective frontier. Tracking, responding, exploring and improvising using the hands can be a starting point for engagement and enquiry into and through movement using the whole body. The hands are a crucial part of the extended embodied mind. They often play out and negotiate complex relationships between impulses, ideas, parts of the self. And, for those new to working with the body directly, they represent a relatively safe point of focus.
2. Naming the Beast: Addressing Collective Trauma and its Aftermath. A weekend workshop with Jon Blend in London on June 27th & 28th 2015
Collective traumas include genocide, slavery, famine, war and forced migration. In this workshop we will explore the ways that collective trauma continues to work its effects in memory and in the body down the generations. The aftermath of trauma is often marked by silence, shutting down, and ‘rubbing out’. It lingers insidiously…a slow form of shock.
The therapist’s role is to not be seduced by the shock and silence, but to help the client stay curious about their culture, context and transgenerational story. We will focus on different ways of picking up on the unanswered and unanswerable questions. We will work through the body using movement, gesture and breath and a range of expressive arts modalities.
Roz Carroll is a psychotherapist, trainer, and supervisor. She teaches at the Minster Centre and is a regular speaker at Confer. She has written extensively on the body in psychotherapy and is particularly interested in the interconnected dimensions of trauma–intergenerational, intersubjective, bodily and political. She has a chapter in the recent book ‘Talking Bodies’ edited by Kate White.
Jon Blend is an adult and child psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and life musician. Growing up in a refugee family fuelled his interest in cultural fragmentation, adjustment and reclamation. Jon has 30 years’ experience working in various NHS adult and child mental health settings, also in performing arts. His chapter, on adolescent trauma, features in “Relational Child, Relational Brain” (2011), Harris N and Lee R (eds), Gestalt Press. http://lifechanges.manspark.webfactional.com/
This workshop is for qualified therapists/counsellors
COST: £160 (non-members) £136 (members)
Places are limited; please contact Reception for booking enquiries:
Venue: The Minster Centre, 20 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, LONDON, NW6 6RD
3. Negotiating Proximity in a Therapeutic Context. Morning workshop and discussion in London Saturday 26th September 2015
international attachment network 26th September 2015
Bowlby tells us that the urge toward, or away from, proximity seeking is at the heart of attachment dilemmas. How do we explore and enable proximity between client and therapist at a level that is optimal for both parties? Experiential learning will involve spatial exploration, attention to subtle non-verbal cues, as well as ways to explicitly negotiate with clients. The changes in the modern world regarding virtual proximity via text, email etc will also be considered.
Workshop and discussion: 10:00am -1:00pm
ian 1 Fairbridge Road, London N19 3EW (Near Archway Underground)