Fee: Until January 31st 2018 – Early bird offer: £85 to members, £90 non-members 1st February 2018 onwards - £90 to members and £98 non-members Students - £65 flat fee
Nick Totton is a therapist and trainer with nearly 35 years’ experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, he has explored widely in a number of therapy modalities, and now practices and teaches Embodied- Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy. He has written several books, including Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction; Wild Therapy; Not A Tame Lion; Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy; and Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems. The political aspects of therapy, the power relations which it uncovers but also sometimes conceals, have always been of central importance in Nick’s work.
Nick recently gave the Marianne Fry Lecture in Bristol. He has been Chair of both Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union. He lives in Cornwall with his partner and has a grown up daughter. Find out more about Nick and his work on his website: www.nicktotton.net
He says of this day: “In this talk and workshop we will be exploring the idea that embodied relationship is the ground of psychotherapy - not the essence, or the core, but the ground, from which everything grows, and on which all our theories are erected. It is our bodies which sense and are changed by the state of other bodies, as a result of which we experience feelings and thoughts and impulses. As infants and children our bodies seek sustainable ways of reacting to the bodies that care for us, and these develop into patterns of embodied activation - what I call 'engrams', which shape our ways of relating to others, and which we explore in therapy under titles like 'transference', 'counter transference' and 'projection'.
I find that it helps enormously in our work to stay aware that these phenomena occur first of all in our bodies. Like everyone, therapists track and respond to the information our bodies are giving us about other people; but this often happens unconsciously, and conscious awareness of the process enables us to use it more skilfully. We are all already body psychotherapists - but we can gain a lot from knowing that we are!”
The morning of the day will consist of an interactive talk and in the afternoon Nick will offer some accessible experiential work to explore the concept discussed.
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Our 2017 Conference took place on 18th MARCH 2017.
Called 'Cutting Edge Connections Between Spirituality and Psychotherapy' it featured two eminent speakers, Melody Cranbourne-Rosser and Larry Culliford who gave interesting presentations and took workshops with more than 70 attendees
A full report will be available on the blog shortly, but int he meantime the speakers have made their presentations available for download on this website.
Melody Cranbourne-Rosser - Spiritual competence and psychotherapeutic practice: necessity or nonsense? Download HERE
Larry Culliford - The Psychology of Spirituality. Download HERE
TAP Conference 2016
We are sorry to announce that the TAP Conference 2016 due to take place on 21st May has had to be cancelled.
This is a great disappointment to the Council as a lot of hard work had gone into the organisation of what is usually a very popular event.
2017 Conference planning is already underway, so do keep checking , or send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you on our mailing list.
Annual Conference 2015 another great success!
The annual TAP Conference took place on Saturday 16th May 2015 and it was a huge success, drawing more than 80 delegate to hear Zoe Lodrick (left) and Fay Maxted (right) talk on the theme of 'Healing the Trauma of Sexual Abuse. Both were introduced by former TAP Council member Angela McCormack (centre), herself an expert on the subject.
To read the full report of the day visit our blog HERE. The official Conference Feedback Report can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
We would like to thank Fay, Zoe and Angela for making it such a memorable day.
Spring Conference 2014
Sat. 3rd May 2014 9.15am-4.45pm
Loss and Significant Change
John Bowlby introduced Attachment Theory to the world of psychotherapy in the 1950’s, and it has never left ‘centre stage’. By combining the innovative methodology of Mary Salter Ainsworth, it has been able to withstand the test of time, leading to the quote by Martin Seager (a recent TAP conference speaker) that, ‘Attachment Theory is probably the best attested concept in psychology’. However the developmental work has never stood still, and as John Bowlby wished, the theory should be regarded as a concept on which to build. New perspectives and research are influencing the current direction of the theory, which will increasingly affect the work we do as therapists.
Our speakers at the conference were;
Sir Richard Bowlby: - who gave us a unique insight into his Father’s work. Dr Una McCluskey: - who presented clinical applications to demonstrate how modern Attachment Theory is being used today.
You can access Dr McCluskey's presentation HERE and additional information on the Theory of Interaction HERE
Dialogues Around Depression Concerns, Critiques and Solutions
Depression continues to blight the lives of millions. In recent years CBT has become the 'treatment of choice' by NICE and is now integral to the IAPT programme. But is it the only way? How does it compare with other modes of therapy? Is treatment more about the therapeutic relationship or the technique? How do you decide what is best for your clients or patients?
Depression: from a medicalised to a psychologically minded approach.
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