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Embodied intersubjectivity:

A developmental and movement oriented approach to psychotherapy

A 2-day workshop led by Ruella Frank

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017

DAY 1: Friday 24 February 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee

Six fundamental movements and their psychological functions
Ongoing nonverbal interactions with our primary caregivers during the first year of life set a relational foundation that supports communication both in the everyday life of the adult and in psychotherapy. Even though our adult postural attitudes, gestures, gait, and breathing patterns have changed over time, the foundations established in our first year remain readily observable and available. Attending to these patterns within psychotherapy is especially powerful.

Ruella Frank will teach her present-centred, nonlinear and phenomenological developmental theory, within a contemporary Gestalt therapy framework. As the centrepiece of this approach, she will describe and explore the six fundamental movements - yielding with, pushing against, reaching for, grasping onto, releasing from - and their psychological attributes. Her aim is to develop a phenomenological methodology for a psychotherapy concerned via analysing, describing, and knowing how we live the situation we are living.
11.15   Coffee

Coordinated movements - the supports for contacting
Through both lectures and the exploration of movement, participants will come to understand and experience the earliest infant movement patterns -- yielding with (allowing to be with) and pushing against (separating from and including the other) and their psychological functions. These patterns are the basic supports for contacting - how we connect with ourselves and another. In exploring these primary movements, participants will learn how to closely attend to the subtle rhythmic nonverbal patterns that continually emerge within the patient and therapist relationship.
13.00   Lunch break

Human movement: relational, contextual, dynamic
Ruella will demonstrate how early movements are unformulated pre-reflexive areas of experience and how later organizing emotions and thoughts emerge from this ground of tactile-kinetic-kinesthetic experiences. Participants will come to discover the richness of information accessible in embodied aspects of clinical relatedness.
15.15   Tea

The phenomenon of the elusive obvious - the visible but not yet seen
Patterns of yielding with-pushing against establish a basic rhythm within the parent-infant relationship. It will become clear how observing these fundamental movement interactions between babies and parents cue us to co-constructed experiences that underlie psychological development. In the adult therapy session, it is possible for the therapist, using a somatic-developmental lens, to observe, feel, and work with these early movements as they are lived within the relational field.
17.00   End of day 1

DAY 2: Saturday 25 February 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee

Kinesthetic resonance: the relational feel of our relationality
The word kinesthesia is derived from the Greek cineo "to put into motion" and aesthesis, "sensation" or "impression." Kinesthesia is the feel of our self-movements. These experiences can either be concealed from us or brought to awareness, and when doing so, valuable information regarding our condition and the state of the world becomes available. It will be seen how kinesthetic resonance is organized through the flow of fundamental movements.
11.15   Coffee

Reaching and being reached
In this session, participants learn how the background of yielding with and pushing against supports the building of desire as one reaches for another. How close or how far away we experience each other in any moment and the meaning made from this process will be investigated through a kinesthetic awareness of reaching movements. Participants also learn how to explore the function of their reaching patterns and then to subtly alter the pattern, creating a shift of emotion and thought.
13.00   Lunch break

From theory to practice: therapy illustration and discussion
Ruella will work with a volunteer from the group to demonstrate how an enduring historic kinesthetic-kinetic relational theme constitutes and is constituted in the present of the therapy experience. Discussion will follow.
14.45   Tea

Completing the act: from intentionality to intention
In this session, Ruella will show how the final three fundamental movements - grasping onto, pulling toward and releasing from - complete the arc of intentionality. Emphasis will be placed on how interventions based on an understanding of these movement sequences can both diagnose and treat neurotic patterns.
16.00   End of conference

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Self-funded: £330 (SOLD OUT)
Organisationally-funded: £400 (SOLD OUT)

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road


09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
14:45 Tea
16:00 End