Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Davies

Speaker :

Rebecca Davies

Keynote Title : 

“The false dichotomy: mind, body and other in a modern world.”

About the keynote :

Rene Descartes famously stated ‘I think, therefore I am’. Behind this statement was the belief that the mind and body are separate entities. This type of dualism disconnected human beings from the bodies that they lived in.

In recent years, the West has begun to regain its connection to the body, and see that the mind and body intrinsically influence one another.

In this keynote speech, Rebecca will invite you to go one step further. Rather than seeing the mind and body has separate elements which are albeit deeply affected by one another, she will put forward a case to argue that the mind is the body. In other words, that the experience of being conscious is an entirely embodied one.

Through all, she will be inviting you to reflect and experience being your own body.

About the speaker :

Rebecca is a PTSTA in the field of psychotherapy. She is a core tutor at the training institute The Link Centre, as well as running the exam prep group for the college. Rebecca is also the Chair of the UKATA exam committee and the CTA Written Exam Coordinator. As well as TA, Rebecca has further training in Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and other trauma informed therapies. 

She runs her own certificate through The Link Centre in Interpersonal Neurobiology and has a passion for combining up to date scientific findings with talking therapies, resulting in an embodied approach to TA.

Rebecca Davies PTSA

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Speaker: Dr Mark Widdowson

Speaker :

Dr Mark Widdowson

Workshop Title : 

Harnessing neuroplasticity for therapeutic change.

About the workshop :

And last, but by no means least…. we announce a workshop from Dr Mark Widdowson entitled “Harnessing neuroplasticity for therapeutic change.”

From the moment they are born, brain cells within a baby’s brain are connecting to other brain cells to create an unimaginably complex series of interconnected networks which form the brain. This process continues right up until death, with new brain circuitry being created, with ones which are no longer useful being discarded as our brain continually rewires itself. This process of self-rewiring is known as neuroplasticity. New experiences, thoughts, emotional states and so on create specific circuits of neurons. Over time, many of these become well-trodden paths of characteristic thought patterns, emotions responses and associated memories. As therapists, much of our work is helping clients to identify the neural patterns which are limiting or problematic to them in some way, and helping them to find more flexible, growthful ways of being. 

Over the past thirty years, neuroscientists have identified a number of specific ways that the process of neuroplasticity can be enhanced, accelerated and used to promote targeted change and improved wellbeing. The implications for this in psychotherapy and counselling (as well as in coaching and educational settings) are immense, as we can harness the brain’s inbuilt mechanisms to rewire itself to help our clients live better, happier lives. 

In this workshop, Mark will be presenting some basic neuroscience findings that are of specific relevance to therapy, as well as specific techniques and general principles which can be used to support and deepen the process of change. 

About the speaker :

Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, CTA, TSTA, FHEA

Mark is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, teaching and supervising transactional analyst and EMDR Europe accredited practitioner. He is passionate about integrating neuroscience into psychotherapy and in finding ways for therapists to make use of research findings in their practice. He is the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques and  Transactional Analysis for Depression: A step-by-step treatment manual. He has received two international awards for his research on the effectiveness of TA for depression and is a TEDx speaker. He has a private practice in central Manchester and is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford. 

Speaker: Dr Mark Widdowson and Nicola Newton

Speaker :

Mark Widdowson and Nicola Newton

Workshop Title : 

Promoting brain health and wellbeing through nutrition and lifestyle

About the workshop :

Counselling and Psychotherapy are known to have powerful beneficial effects on the brain structure and functioning. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle has an effect on all aspects of the body, including the brain, and by extension, mental health and brain functioning. Research developments in neuroscience, psychology and mental health have identified numerous simple and clear, scientifically-based ways of supporting mood, cognitive functioning and mental wellbeing, many of which will be covered in this workshop

Are you looking for safe and effective ways of enhancing your mood? Are you wondering if there are simple and  practical steps you can take, activities you can engage in, or adjustments you can make to your lifestyle which will contribute towards positive mental health? Are you looking for simple, safe and practice advice you can pass on to clients to support their therapy process and promote positive wellbeing?  

In this workshop we will be exploring practical ways of improving brain health and well-being through nutrition and lifestyle. The workshop is open to everyone- no prior knowledge is needed.

About the speaker :

Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, CTA, TSTA, FHEA

Mark is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, teaching and supervising transactional analyst and EMDR Europe accredited practitioner. He is passionate about integrating neuroscience into psychotherapy and in finding ways for therapists to make use of research findings in their practice. He is the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques and  Transactional Analysis for Depression: A step-by-step treatment manual. He has received two international awards for his research on the effectiveness of TA for depression and is a TEDx speaker. He has a private practice in central Manchester and is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford. 

Nicola Newton, DipCNM, Dip IIN, MBANT, RCNHC,

Nicola is a qualified Nutritional therapist and health coach with a passion for nutrition stemming from her own health journey, witnessing the huge effect simple dietary and lifestyle changes made to her health ignited a deep desire to help others achieve optimum health through nutrition. She has a private practice in Sheffield and also works with people online. 

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Speaker: Hasan Kurtarıci 

Speaker :

Hasan Kurtarıci 

Workshop Title : 

What? Say that again…?

About the workshop :Up to 60% of the D/deaf community experience mental health struggles, yet access to therapy is difficult. How do we make therapy more accessible? 
This experiential workshop aims to support discussions around the impact of D/deafness, D/deaf mental health, hearing loss and working with the Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs) whilst demystifying D/deafness in a hearing world. 

About the speaker :

Hasan, also know as Volkan, is a Sign Language Interpreter, TA Trainee at The Link Centre, and member of the Deaf community.

Speaker: Matthew Elton

Speaker :

Matthew Elton

Workshop Title : 

When “just do it” just doesn’t do it…

About the workshop :

The “just do it” move can fail when our clients use it on themselves and when people in our clients’ lives use it on them. And things can go badly when we, as therapists, say something like “just do it” to our clients, whether intentionally or inadvertently. We’ll explore why the “just do it” move can be so unhelpful while, at the same time, it can seem so compelling. And, having given it a hard time, I’ll argue that there are times when the “just do it” move really is helpful. The workshop will include client case studies, practical techniques, and accessible theory. There will be opportunities to try out techniques and discuss the themes of the workshop in small groups.

About the speaker :

Matthew Elton is a psychotherapist and supervisor based in Edinburgh and has been in private practice since 2005 (www.extra-help.org.uk). He works with a wide range of clients and has a special interest in writers and artists. His formative training was in Transactional Analysis and he has since developed a strong interest in Narrative Therapy. Matthew regularly runs workshops for counsellors and therapists in Scotland, across the UK, and online.

His practical book for counsellors and therapists, Talking It Better: From Insight to Change in the Therapy Room, was published in 2021 by PCCS. It’s also available as an audiobook on Audible and elsewhere.

Speaker: Lisa Marris

Speaker :

Lisa Marris

Workshop Title : 

From Beyond the Computer Screens: Re-connecting with our Bodies.

About the workshop :

Psychodrama is a spontaneous and creative therapy, created and developed by Jacob L Moreno. Action methods, role play, drama, imagination and creativity are all parts of the method which are used effectively and safely re-connecting us to our bodies and minds. Creating new and emerging possibilities. 

This 90 min workshop will be a participatory experience open to anyone who has a willingness to get involved. A classical psychodrama format will be facilitated – this will consist of 3 parts: 

1 – Group Warm up stage

2 – Moving into Action and 

3 – Ending/Group sharing

This is a group experiential workshop with the aim to explore, support and be curious. Creating a sense of group embodiment, cohesion, integration, personal growth, insight and creativity. All Welcome!

About the speaker :

I have worked with individuals, families and groups therapeutically for over 20 years in Hull in several roles from counsellor, manger, supervisor to resilience coach and youth worker. I have worked in various settings in different roles primarily within the third sector. I qualified as a counsellor in 2002 and developed a passion using creative action methods and drama working with disadvantaged and marginalised groups including children and young people. 

I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the British Psychodrama Association. I use the psychodrama method creatively and flexibly within my 1:1 sessions and also within my group work. The spontaneity, connectedness, sensitivity and power of the psychodramatic method and working with people in action (and not) …….continues to educate and amaze me.   

Speaker: Nicole Addis

Speaker :

Nicole Addis

Workshop Title : 

Letting the Body Speak, So the Mind Truly Hears.

About the workshop :

“It is through my body that I understand others”

The therapeutic relationship involves an embodied encounter, where our presence and that of the client inhabits an intersubjective space. Within this space, unconscious yet bodily aware, the therapist and client speak in silent tongues. Field (1989) described this phenomenon as embodied countertransference. To sit with the other, we need to be able to sit with the self. Understanding countertransference, we let the body speak so that the mind truly hears.

In this workshop we will explore:

·       The phenomena of embodied countertransference

·       The different ways we can work with the past in the here and now

·       The MENT element of the ENGAGEMENT model: –

o   Moment by moment

o   Empassioned

o   Now in response to the past

o   the Therapist as the vessel for change.

About the speaker :

Nicole Addis is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with extensive clinical experience in both NHS and private settings. Nicole set up Peel Psychological Consultancy in 2012, a trauma informed private counselling organisation and training centre.  

If you would like further information, contact: nicole.addis@peeluk.com

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Speaker: Martin Loughna

Workshop Title : 

Learning from Babies.

About the workshop :

When working with a new client, psychotherapy typically focusses on what happened to this client which led them to be in room with us. The importance of childhood cannot be overstated, in this respect. That said, less attention is given to understanding the abilities and ways of understanding the world before speech has developed. The first part of this workshop will explore aspects of how new-borns make sense of the world they find themselves in. We will draw on Transactional Analysis theory, especially the concept of protocol; which describes the nature of learning in the preverbal baby. 

Working at a more practical level we will then share our knowledge of polyvagal theory to further enrich our understanding and thinking. Finally, we pull together the concepts explored with a view to identifying practical steps for helping our clients.

About the speaker :

Martin Loughna (CTA-P & PTSTA-P) – Martin is a TA psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. In addition to his private practice, he works for Refugee Council as an adult psychotherapist providing therapy to refugees. He has a keen interest in early learning, genetic traits and trauma.  In keeping with the latter, he is qualified to provide EMDR.