Continuing Professional Development
Touching the Sound of Silence – working therapeutically in the aftermath of disasters
Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd July 2018
With Jelena Watkins and Suzanne Lyn-Cook
This two-day workshop will address the impact of disasters on those directly affected, such as bereaved relatives or survivors. It will outline therapeutic work in responding to disaster trauma from acute stage intervention to long-term integration on the personal and collective level. The workshop will use Jelena’s narrative as a founder of a 9/11 families association, a psychotherapist and an advocate for the needs of those affected by disasters for over 16 years; as well as teachings of psychosynthesis, poetry and myth. We will attempt to deepen our understanding of the relationship between collective and individual trauma and how to best use our therapeutic skills to help those who suffered a disaster. For counsellors, therapists, social workers and anyone interested or involved in the field of disaster trauma addressing impact of disasters on survivors, and the bereaved.More details and booking form Click here for flyer
‘Poetry, Politics and Psychotherapy – Speaking to the Soul of a World in Crisis’
A special conference celebrating Re-Vision’s 30th anniversary
Saturday 15th September 2018 10am – 5pm
Friends Meeting House opposite Euston Station
This conference brings together three keynote speakers: Poet, performer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, Author Jay Griffiths, whose books go deep into the ecological and psychological realm and Lawyer Marcia Willis Stewart – leading civil rights lawyer who represented 77 of the Hillsborough families and who won Black Solicitors’ Network lawyer of the year 2016.
Our current world situation, with its challenges of climate change, of wars and refugees, politics of gender, fake news and more, impact all of us with increasing force. Whilst they may regularly arise as issues in the therapist’s consulting room, treating them as an individual psychological distress, to be addressed at that level, is not necessarily sufficient, and may even compound the ‘cult of individuality’ that many see as underlying these phenomena in the first place. The need to attend differently to the woes of the world, and at a more collective, as well as individual level, is the principle theme of this conference. To move therapy beyond the window of the consulting room and into the world may require us as therapists to become more ‘political’. Here we are drawing on the origins of the word politics, the Greek concept of Polis, or state. We need to find our role, and the role of therapy in the political life of our communities.
Full details of the conference will be confirmed by the end of February when we will open bookings. But you may register your interest now by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent the booking form as soon as it is available.