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The Power of Non-verbal Communication in the Talking Cure
2-day conference with
Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Bonnie Meekums, Paul Newham, Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Colwyn Trevarthen

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2013


FULL PROGRAMME
Friday 17 May 2013
09.00   Registration
09.30   Dr Dan Siegel Part I

The role of internal and interpersonal attunement in psychotherapeutic change
This presentation will explore the fundamental therapeutic role we play in catalyzing the process of change. When we bring therapeutic presence to the therapeutic relationship, we enable interpersonal attunement to catalyze a dyadic state of resonance between two individuals. This resonance makes "the whole greater than the sum of its parts" and reveals an integration of two previously separate systems into one that achieves a higher degree of complexity and harmony. It is in this meeting of two minds into one sense of "we" that the beginning of the transformative process of therapy is born.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Dr Dan Siegel Part II
13.00   Lunch break
14.00   Dr Amanda Jones

Tenderness: how emotional distress can thwart tender non-verbal communications
This presentation will explore what we can learn about non-verbal communication from working with parent's who are experiencing serious emotional suffering and how this affects their ability to touch and respond to their baby's bodily and emotional needs. Trauma and tension can be conveyed to the baby through fingertips, expression in a parent's eyes, muscular tension, and terse vocal sounds. How can we help a parent's feelings flow in a more gentle, curious and helpfully firm way? The approach described targets unconscious influences from a parent's history that unwittingly repetitively 'hit the wrong notes'. Case material will show how it is possible for a therapeutic intervention to foster a baby's urge to express and become a vibrant and inherently musical and sensual little person and how this can also liberate their parent.
15.00   Dr Colwyn Trevarthen

Intersubjective creativity with Infants: narrative and musicality shared in movement
A newborn responds to the dynamic impulses of another person, engaging sympathetic consciousness. Together they co-create proto-conversational 'narratives' as projects which are shared. These have the beat of human vitality in movement, like stories of language, or musical compositions. New evidence confirms that serial ordering and self-related emotional expression of body movements is innately adapted for intersubjective creativity. This motivates the syntax and declarative force of language, cultural learning, and all therapy and teaching.
16.00   Paul Newham

Talking Cure - Singing Cure: The Way Beyond Words
Our earliest memories and most primal experiences are enshrined in voice and movement. For in both the history of our species and the development of each individual, sound and motion precede language. Therefore, as therapists, we seek ways to illuminate this non-verbal and pre-verbal realm, so our clients may find freedom from the burden of the nameless shadows. Yet, the primary mode of communicating with our clients is verbal. We sit and we talk. How are we are to resolve this confounding conundrum? Paul Newham seeks to offer some answers to this question in a presentation combining theory, demonstration, and experiential participation.
17.30   End


Saturday 18 May 2013
09.00   Registration
09.30   Dr Jean Knox

Before, Beyond and Beneath Meaning: Developmental, neuroscientific and pragmatic perspectives on non-verbal aspects of intersubjectivity
This presentation will explore the multi-facetted nature of empathy- the neuroscientific and implicit behavioural interactions that together deepen the therapist's capacity to introject the traumatized patient's emotional experience, and so come to know that person 'from the inside out'. The role of mirror neurons in creating emotional connection, the importance of the collaborative turn-taking, and the rupture and repair that underpins non-verbal as well as verbal aspects of therapeutic interaction will be considered.
10.30   Dr Phil Mollon

Including the body in the psychotherapeutic conversation - the findings from 'energy psychology'
In some of the modalities of energy psychology (whereby the body's subtle energy system is addressed concurrently with the mind), the body is revealed to be the deeper source of information concerning the nature and origin of a person's distress or dysfunctional patterns of thought, emotion, and behaviour. Words alone do not reach or capture the fundamental organisers of these. Purely talk-based therapy merely stirs the surface. The body and its subtle energy systems are the deeper part of the mind. Muscle signaling can be used to engage the body in the psychotherapeutic conversation - and can also guide practitioner and client in the non-verbal resolution of distress. Paradoxically, words are crucial in accessing the non-verbal signaling. Word and body together form the therapeutic discourse.
11.30   Coffee
12.00   Dr Bonnie Meekums

Learning from the body in relationship
This keynote presentation will address key theoretical and practice issues related to the body in relationship, including research and writing about kinaesthetic empathy and 'movement metaphors'. We will explore some key theory behind kinaesthetic empathy and attunement, including concepts like the 'extended body'and a possible role of mirror neurones. We will be given the opportunity to observe our own kinaesthetic empathy in relation to video material, and to increase our sensitivity to the movement metaphors in others. We will consider how this learning can be applied to traditional talking therapies in group and individual settings.
13.00   Lunch break
14.00   Dr Iain McGilchrist Part I

The creative division of the brain
This presentation will explore what we can learn about non-verbal communication from working with parent's who are experiencing serious emotional suffering and how this affects their ability to touch and respond to their baby's bodily and emotional needs. Trauma and tension can be conveyed to the baby through fingertips, expression in a parent's eyes, muscular tension, and terse vocal sounds. How can we help a parent's feelings flow in a more gentle, curious and helpfully firm way? The approach described targets unconscious influences from a parent's history that unwittingly repetitively 'hit the wrong notes'. Case material will show how it is possible for a therapeutic intervention to foster a baby's urge to express and become a vibrant and inherently musical and sensual little person and how this can also liberate their parent.
15.00   Dr Colwyn Trevarthen

Intersubjective creativity with Infants: narrative and musicality shared in movement
A newborn responds to the dynamic impulses of another person, engaging sympathetic consciousness. Together they co-create proto-conversational 'narratives' as projects which are shared. These have the beat of human vitality in movement, like stories of language, or musical compositions. New evidence confirms that serial ordering and self-related emotional expression of body movements is innately adapted for intersubjective creativity. This motivates the syntax and declarative force of language, cultural learning, and all therapy and teaching.
15.15   Tea
15.45   Dr Iain McGilchrist Part II

The paradoxes of division and union
We will take a closer look at the paradoxical and interdependent nature of union - seeking connection and experiencing empathy on the one hand, while needing division, knowledge of the borders of the self and capacity to maintain the integrity of boundaries on the other. In particular we will explore the need for synergy of the right and left hemispheres in mental health, and its role in recovery from psychiatric or psychological disorders.
17.00   Paul Newham

The Singing Psyche
Paul leads the conference finale with a collective celebration of the human voice, to stimulate the brain and raise the spirits via our capacity for connection.
17.30   End
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  • Whole event: £300
  • Single days: £180 + VAT
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  • Whole event: £480
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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street
London
WC1H 0XG
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Schedule

09.30 Registration
10.00 Start
11.00 Coffee break
13.00 Lunch break
17.30 End
Refreshments

Tea, herbal drinks, coffee and biscuits will be served 3 times
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