Confer’s Annual Psychgeist Conference: Is Psychotherapy a Relationship or a Cure?
Saturday 21 September 2019 - London
With speakers Shoshi Asheri, Dr Richard Gipps, Professor Dany Nobus, Dr Jay Watts and Judy Yellin
Last year we asked the thought-provoking question What is Normal? as the topic for our think-tank conference to celebrate our 20 anniversary. Somewhat beyond our expectations, the question generated some brilliant, fresh and new perspectives about the therapy process. And so we have posed another challenging question for our speakers to answer: is psychotherapy a relationship or a treatment?READ MORE...
Our aim is to explore the dichotomy between the medical model of assessment, treatment, cure in contrast to its antithesis – a process of exploration between two people, one which focuses on the needs of one but in which each participant draws on their own subjectivities and histories.
Our starting point is that the solution-focused approach rests on the idea that someone enters therapy with a problem which can be assessed and for which a suitable treatment can be offered with specific goals leading, hopefully, to a cure. The latter suggests that the problem the client brings is only a starting point from which the therapeutic couple journey unfolds into a relationship of discovery about the patient’s inner life. These different stances come with quite different values, vocabularies and concepts about what makes therapy useful.
Each speaker will address the question through their own experiences of being in therapy, of being the therapist and of experiencing and witnessing change. We eagerly anticipate their thoughts and invite you to join the discussion.
This ticket type is for 2 people. Please specify the name of the second attendee where prompted on checkout.