Pre-Conference Workshops

This year’s pre-conference workshops are being facilitated by our featured speakers/authors: Lynne Jacobs, Joe Melnick, Peter Philippson and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb.

Early booking available exclusively in the first instance to UKAGP conference delegates, they will be held on the morning of Friday 30th June at the main conference venue (Wokefield Park Executive Centre, Reading) giving plenty of time to rest before the conference starts at 3:30pm.

There are two price levels in recognition of the maximum numbers and we imagine that all pre conference workshops will prove popular so please book early to secure your place.

Please note that all accommodation for the pre-conference workshops has now sold out, participants wishing to stay overnight before the workshops are advised to seek independent accommodation in Reading.

Exploring Personal and Cultural Enduring Relational Themes – Lynne Jacobs – SOLD OUT

We all have both  facilitative and inhibiting enduring themes, developed in our family and cultural contexts. We will explore those, as well as experimenting with a therapeutic perspective that integrates the immediate affective engagement of the gestalt approach with an on-going sensitivity to the dynamics of enduring relational themes in the patient/therapist relationship.

Number of Participants: 8
Date: 30th June 2017
Time: 10.00-13.00
Venue: Wokefield Park Executive Centre, Reading

Working with Couples – Joe Melnick

This will be a largely experiential workshop on how to work with couples from an optimistic, field/systems perspective.

It will involve breaking down the therapeutic process into:

1) establishing presence,

2) seeing the couple as a system,

3) intervening – first with what is well developed, then less developed,

4) making an intervention stick,

5) dealing with resistance, and

6) ending well.

Number of Participants: 24
Date: 30th June 2017
Time: 10.00-13.00
Venue: Wokefield Park Executive Centre, Reading

The Embodied Field, the Dance of Contacting – Peter Phillipson

I think I would also prefer to run an all day workshop on Thursday, and could work with up to 30 people.

My image of the field in therapy is of dancing with someone for the first time.  We will each have our own preferred ways to dance, and, if we have had bad early experiences of dancing spontaneously we will be rigid, and will have developed our ways of encouraging our partners to dance our way.  If I am dancing with a rigid, non-spontaneous partner, do not just follow how he or she leads, but don’t impose my own rigid way to dance, we will (after a period of awkwardness and maybe stepping on each other’s toes) find our own unique dance together, and the other person (the client) will have discovered their possibility for spontaneity.

I do not just mean this as a metaphor: we can do this with actual dancing, and many other ways.  We will explore this understanding of the field through experience, mini-lectures and discussion.

Number of Participants: 30
Date: 30th June 2017
Time: 10.00-13.00
Venue: Wokefield Park Executive Centre, Reading

The Aesthetic Relational Knowledge: the gestalt peculiar language to support the now for next, using a psychopathological perspective and considering development in the here and now of the therapeutic contact – Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb – SOLD OUT

Number of Participants: 8
Date: 30th June 2017
Time:10.00-13.00
Venue: Wokefield Park Executive Centre, Reading

After a brief introduction, a personal work will be conducted by the leader with a volunteer. A discussion afterwards will provide tools to read the “music” of the session. Gestalt Therapy is a phenomenological and aesthetic approach: this two basic dimensions allow us to have a peculiar and coherent language. The here and now of contact co-creation between therapist and client can be described as a dance between therapist and client. We can see two aspects of this dance: embodied empathy as attunement and creative reaction of the therapist as resonance to the client’s presence. These two aspects make our concept of the field. Inside this phenomenological and aesthetic frame of reference, the concepts of psychopathology and of development will be described.

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