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Online Modules

Confer's Online Modules are packages of videoed talks, audio tracks, slides, texts and references contributed by leading theoreticians to support your work.

Eco-Psychotherapy
Synthesising ecology and psychotherapy in practice and theory

Online Module
So much psychotherapy takes place within the confines of a consulting room. But what happens when therapy takes place in a natural setting - or when the natural world is invited into the narrative of self and other? This module brings together the practices of ecology and psychotherapy to illustrate how engagement with nature, which includes ourselves, is a powerful transformative tool, both in itself and - potentially - when integrated into any therapeutic approach.

Speakers
Guy Dargert, Caroline Frizell, Jo Hamilton, Dr Adrian Harris, Professor Paul Hoggett, Chris Johnstone, Kamalamani, Paul Maiteny, George Marshall, Hayley Marshall, Rosemary Randall, Professor Chris Rapley, Mary-Jayne Rust, Nick Totton, Dr Maggie Turp, Sally Weintrobe, Joanna Wise

CPD value: 16 hours
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Forensic Psychotherapy: Pathologies and Treatment Strategies for working with Violence

Online Module
The subject of this online module is the psychotherapeutic treatment of violent offenders and those with abusive tendencies or fantasies. Through 14 hours of videos, audio tracks and papers, we aim to illuminate why human beings can be dangerous, murderous or perverse, and how such tendencies can be psychotherapeutically treated.

Speakers
Dr Jamie Bennett, Dr Ronald Doctor, Dr Sandra M Grant, Mary Haley, Professor Brett Kahr, The late Professor Gill McGauley, Ms Anna Motz, Dr Adah Sachs, Richard Shuker, Dr Celia Taylor, Dr Estela Welldon, Dr Jessica Yakeley.

CPD value: 14 hours
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Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This new collection of videos and papers brings together the work of an extraordinarily diverse and talented group of psychotherapists - from psychoanalysts to body psychotherapists - who see the body as central to the therapeutic process.

Speakers
Julianne Appel-Opper, Shoshi Asheri, Bill Cornell, Morit Heitzler, Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Susie Orbach, Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar, Dr Yorai Sella, Jon Sletvold, Michael Soth, Dr Kathrin Stauffer, Nick Totton.

CPD value: 16 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy - II

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 10 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Speakers
Lucy Biven, Dr Nessa Carey, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Dianne Lefevre, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Professor Oliver Turnbull, Dr Alan Watkins.

CPD value: 12 hours
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The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides over 14.5 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of applying attachment theory to clinical expertise.

Speakers
Dr Christopher Clulow, Linda Cundy, Dr Sarah Ingrid Daniel, Professor Pasco Fearon, Tirril Harris, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Dan Hughes, Dr Frank Lachmann, Dr Mario Marrone, Paul Renn, Dr Daniela Sieff, Professor Miriam Steele, Dr David Wallin, Kate White.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Advances in Relational Psychotherapy

Online Module
The vast influence of Relational Psychoanalysis in the last 25 years has evolved into one of the most significant paradigm shifts in the field, impacting on almost every psychotherapy modality. This package offers a set of videoed talks on relational theory and practice, presented by some of most influential author-practitioners, and is designed to illustrate relational theory as it is applied to clinical technique.

Speakers
Dr Neil Altman, Shoshi Asheri, Dr Jessica Benjamin, Dr Doris Brothers, Roz Carroll, Dr Muriel Dimen, Professor Maria Gilbert, Dr Adrienne Harris, Dr Nancy McWilliams, Dr Jeremy Safran, Professor Andrew Samuels, Dr Donnel Stern, Dr David Wallin

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Psychotherapeutic Work with Intergenerational Trauma

Online Module
This package of online presentations provides 10 hours of new videos plus additional resources on the subject of working with the psychological effects of intergenerational trauma. We are delighted to be hosting these internationally distinguished author-clinicians as our presenters:

Speakers
Dr Pamela Alexander, Dr Aileen Alleyne, Dr Doris Brothers, Prophecy Coles, Dr Françoise Davoine, Dr Dori Laub, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Clara Mucci, Professor Franz Ruppert, Lennox Thomas, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch and Dr Estela Welldon.

CPD value: 20 hours
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Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 18 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of neurobiology when applied to the practice of psychotherapy.

Speakers
Lucy Biven, Dr Mona DeKoven Fishbane, Professor Vittorio Gallese, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Ruth Lanius, Dr Terry Marks-Tarlow, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Jaak Panksepp, Professor Stephen Porges, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Dan Siegel, Professor Mark Solms, Dr Alan Watkins, Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 21.5 hours
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Trauma and Dissociation

Online Module
This combination of videos, audio tracks, papers and references provides 16.5 hours of recorded presentations plus notes, new papers and research resources on the subject of psychotherapeutic work with trauma and dissociation.

Speakers
Rémy Aquarone, Dr Philip Bromberg, Dr Doris Brothers, Dr Onno Van Der Hart, Professor Brett Kahr, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, Dr Pat Ogden, Alexandra Richman, Dr Allan Schore, Dr Daniel Siegel, Dr Valerie Sinason, Dr Donnel Stern and Dr Felicity de Zulueta.

CPD value: 20.5 hours
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Live Events

Confer's live events are seminars and conferences held in the UK at which we aim to present the cutting edge of research and theory in order to deepen our understanding of the mind and best practice in mental health disciplines.
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Gut-Heart-Brain: Where is our emotional centre, and what is the relevance to psychotherapy?

Saturday 1 July 2017
SOLD OUT
Michael Ash, Dr Janina Fisher, Dr Art O'Malley, Laurie Slade and Dr Alan Watkins

It is now fully accepted that the brain is not the only emotional processing centre of the human mind-body, and that other physiological systems play a significant role in affect regulation. The heart and brain maintain a continuous two-way dialogue, each influencing the other's functioning, with the heart sending signals to the brain which effect emotional perception and processing - so much so that researches have coined the term “heart brain." Similarly, the gut-brain axis is a two-way biochemical pathway, involving the enteric nervous system's part in autonomic arousal via the vagal nerve, which is implicit in emotional response. More than 90% of the body's serotonin and 50% of the body's dopamine lie in the gut, both powerful stimuli of mood, and the role of these neurotransmitters is key to current gut-brain research. More information >>

Energy Psychotherapy
Evolving Perspectives of Diverse Practitioners

Saturday 8 July 2017
Judith Anderson, Viv Fogel, Dr Phil Mollon, Heather Redington and Ruthie Smith

Energy Psychotherapy and the ever-increasing related modalities are creating a vibrant and expansive new field of work, with remarkable, transformative results. Using relatively simple techniques alongside talking therapy, this work with people's energy systems - their meridians, energy centres and subtle energy systems beyond - helps us access a deeper and wider clinical terrain, and reaches the parts that talking therapy alone cannot address. Energy Psychotherapy appears seamlessly to combine depth talking therapy with the body to release engrained traumatic patterns at a cellular level and from the surrounding energy field.

Unique to the UK is the development of a variety of psychotherapies integrating various energy psychology modalities, creating a form of depth energy psychotherapy which is able to work effectively at different levels of consciousness. In this way we are able to address with relative ease - complex issues of pre-verbal development, uterine and transgenerational trauma, somatic stress, PTSD and trauma at all levels, including spiritual trauma. This conference invites discussion about the importance for psychotherapists to work inclusively with the body, mind and spirit. It presents just a few of the wide range of energy psychology modalities currently integrated into psychotherapy in the UK.
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The Landscapes of Grief

Saturday 15 July 2017
SOLD OUT
John Banville, Ann Chalmers, Dr Avril Maddrell, Adam Phillips, Julia Samuel and Laurie Slade

It is a universal truth is that we are all going to die. We know this but we tend to ignore the reality, and to struggle with the inevitability that we will lose people we love. Death is ‘unacceptable’ and 15 percent of all psychological disorders in our society are due to unresolved grief. But within the last two decades there has been a revolution of understandings and theories that help us understand the process of healthy mourning. This day brings together therapy, landscape and literature to look at theories and processes that facilitate healthy grieving – both in psychotherapeutic practice and in life itself. More information >>

Filling the Void
Psychotherapeutic Skills for Working with Obesity

Saturday 22 July 2017
Dr Julia Buckroyd, Em Farrell

At this theory and skills workshop we will think about the role of fat in our society and of the individual's sense of bodily self in relationship to others. We will consider how we can apply the general insights of therapeutic work with eating disorders to the specific problem of obesity, including some common issues around gaining emotional nourishment through over-eating. The concept of anxiety pathways in the body will be considered, and some common non-verbal defences involving food will be examined. Following some theoretical introductions to the subject we will explore experientially how to work therapeutically when over-eating is a source of distress. In addition, we will discuss how the body of the therapist and patient relate to each other and how this may be played-out relationally when weight is an issue. More information >>

Online Events

Learning from Life: the acquisition of psychoanalytic wisdom

Patrick Casement
3 video lectures

In his fourth and most personal book Learning from Life Patrick Casement gives us a fascinating insight into fundamental questions concerning the acquisition of analytic wisdom and how personal experiences shape the analyst's approach to clinical work. In this 3-part seminar he talks to us about how the psychoanalytic self comes into being, and how our own emotional truths consciously or unconsciously shape our work. These presentations will have a fresh and emergent quality that cannot be summarised in abstracts. Participants can expect to hear inspiring, personal insights that illuminate the practice of psychoanalysis and the engagement with life.

This combination of video lectures provides 2.5 hours of recorded presentations..


CPD value: 3 hours

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About Confer Events

Seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists

CONFER is an independent organisation established by psychotherapists in 1998 to provide innovative, challenging and inspiring continuing educational events for psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health workers. Through our seminars and conferences we present the cutting edge of research and theory in order to deepen our understanding of the mind and best practice in mental health disciplines. We aim to build bridges between schools of thought and we are committed to interdisciplinary discussion. Our seminar leaders and panels are chosen from the most experienced practitioners and contemporary theorists to present the latest research findings and theoretical developments.


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