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Therapy in Motion
Therapeutic body language, proximity, movement and somatic communication

A 2-day conference with Roz Carroll, Fabiano Culora, Jon Blend, Dr Beatrice Allegranti, Dr Pat Ogden, Heather Mason, Dr Tamara Russell

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March 2015


Friday 27 March 2015
09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Keynote: Dr Tamara Russell

Movement in mind: Therapeutic possibilities of the moving body
Increasingly the term "embodied cognition" is being used to describe the way in which the whole body forms part of our conscious experience. Although a number of somatic therapeutic approaches have known for some time the power of the body and the moving body in healing, recent findings in neuroscience can help us to formulate our approach to maximise benefit for our clients. This talk will cover recent neuroimaging studies and research showing how the body is represented in the brain at different levels, how this can be accessed by approaches that emphasise mindful attention to the body and its movements, and how we might use this knowledge to inform our therapeutic work.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Keynote: Dr Pat Ogden

The role of movement in clinical practice
The movement of the body is largely an untapped resource in most psychotherapy practices. Few educational programs in psychology or counselling emphasize how to draw on movement to support therapeutic change, leaving therapists mostly dependent on a client's verbal narrative. Yet the story told by physical action sequences is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The nonverbal language of movement reflects and sustains implicit processes shaped in the brain and body even before the acquisition of verbal language. Movement sequences communicate implicit meanings and expectations that not only influence the manner in which content is explicitly expressed but also essentially determine the content itself. To omit movement as a target of therapeutic action is an unfortunate oversight that deprives clients of a much-needed avenue of self-knowledge and change. This keynote will explore how trauma and attachment histories affect the way in which simple everyday movement sequences are executed, and how working directly with movement in clinical practice can support therapeutic gain.
13.15   Lunch (Lunch is not included at this event)
14.30   Choice of workshops

1. Jon Blend
Journeys through Sound into Movement

This experiential workshop uses the medium of sound to consider the relationship between movement, time and propinquity. It has application to psychotherapy as an adjunct to understanding the client's pre-verbal experience, stuckness and trauma. Using a Jungian -inspired containing structure we will explore movement through time and space, guided by our embodied phenomenology, attuning to energetic shifts in our desire for movement and stasis. Our extempore journeys into breathwork, vocalising, pitch and rhythm explore movement and spontaneity within ourselves and between each other. Case vignettes help set these improvisations in context, together with opportunities to reflect on todays' process.

2. Roz Carroll - FULL
The 'out of chair' experience

This will be a practical workshop aimed at exploring ways to work with clients using movement. How can we create a safe, inviting shift between sitting in a chair, and standing, moving, or lying down? Drawing on body psychotherapy, Gestalt, and other movement-based therapeutic practices, the focus will be on structures that encourage non-verbal interaction and exploration of relational patterns and resources. We will also consider ways to nurture the link between image and movement through experiment, enquiry, and free association.

3. Fabiano Culora
Embodied ‘omnidirectional’ perception: a movement orientation for relational practice

This practical session explores myriad kinesthetic experiences when moving in relation to ground and space, within the organising principle that our spherical and fluid bodies seek easeful communing. Trauma disorganises body tissues and movement, obscuring weight sensing and spontaneous space attraction. Integrative reorganisation in client bodywork calls upon our own ‘polymorphic’ movement identities within environmental context support, to reignite clients’ awareness to their own biologically inherent gravity connection, providing resources for arising biographical movement. Participants in this workshop will gather skills in tracking sensation, feeling and in witnessing flow while recognising emerging movement forms. Such skills cultivate our choices for therapeutic responses.

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Saturday 28 March 2015
10.00   Keynote: Heather Mason

Bringing yoga into psychological therapies: Increasing the window of tolerance
There is an emerging trend in psychological therapies towards incorporating aspects of yogic practice as part of an embodied approach to psychological healing. Originally a method of profound mental development, the integrated system of yoga possesses many of the features that modern psychology perceives as necessary for emotional development. This includes autonomic regulation through breathing practices, integration via mindful attention to body movement, and increased tolerance of challenging interoceptive experience resulting from the maintenance of difficult yogic postures. Research reveals that increased tolerance of visceral experience corresponds to improved capacity to tolerate unpleasant emotions. Consequently yoga practice may support therapeutic work by initially promoting emotional regulation and then enhancing clients' ability to stay present with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in ways that are more "comfortable". This talk will explore how such an embodied approach can enhance the therapeutic relationship and client self-efficacy.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Choice of workshops

1. Dr Pat Ogden
Connecting with others: Proximity-seeking actions

The inborn drive to seek nearness to others is the cornerstone of the social engagement system and of attachment behaviour. Proximity-seeking actions comprise both approach and signalling behaviours, including eye contact, beckoning motions, reaching out and moving toward another person. Habits of proximity-seeking actions develop over time based on a child's prediction of accessibility and responsiveness of attachment figures. If others are neglectful, unavailable, punishing, or unpredictable in the face of need, proximity-seeking actions are abandoned or distorted. If attachment figures are invasive, threatening, abusive, or frightened, both proximity-seeking seeking actions and animal defensive actions (those associated with fight, flight, freeze, and feigned death) are typically executed simultaneously or sequentially. Clients come to therapy with relational problems that are reflected in and sustained by habits of proximity seeking learned in the context of trauma and early attachment. This workshop will explore how to assess proximity seeking actions, when to address them in therapy to help resolve past relational wounds and how to change proximity actions to promote more adaptive and satisfying relationships in the present. Video excerpts of therapy sessions working with proximity seeking actions will illustrate concepts and interventions.

2. Dr Tamara Russell
Movement in mind: Embodied Learning

In this workshop we will use the moving body as the key learning tool to explore some of the core concepts in mindfulness training. Research tells us that when we learn with and through the body the learning is deeper, more sophisticated and more easily embedded in day-to-day life. The workshop is based on the Body in Mind Training methodology developed by Tamara (Russell, 2011; Russell & Tatton-Ramos, 2014) which uses mindful movement and embodied learning principles to help train mindfulness in everyday life and for the development of emotional awareness and regulation. It is suggested to wear loose fitting clothes.

13.15   Lunch (Lunch is not included at this event)
14.30   Keynote: Roz Carroll

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.
15.30   Tea
15.45   Keynote: Dr Beatrice Allegranti

Corporeal Entanglements
Kinesthetic Intersubjectivity and Body Politics in Psychotherapy

The starting premise for this lecture positions the moving body as entangled in the world: autobiographically, relationally and socio-politically. Bodies are not neutral; we are both socially and biologically constructed and the process of becoming embodied selves is intersubjective and unfolds over time - through our moving bodies. Film excerpts from recent dance movement psychotherapy research and practice (Allegranti 2013 & 2015; Allegranti & Wyatt 2014; Allegranti & Silas 2014) will offer a kinesthetic focus on 'body politics' - the intersecting ways that the body is a bio-social marker of identities: sex, gender, race, class, age, religion, sexuality, size and ability. Building on this premise, the lecture will emphasize that kinesthetic intelligence evident in an improvised movement exchange, plays a significant role in psychotherapy: it offers us ways to consider bodies - not as objects with inherent boundaries and properties - but as 'material-discursive' phenomena, that is, a mutual entanglement of movement and language; self and other; affect and cognition; biology and body politics.
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Self-funded: £235
Organisationally-funded: £300
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Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
13:15 Lunch
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10.00 Start
13:15 Lunch
17.00 End