Taunton association for psychotherapy conference - 'we are all body psychotherapists...'
Spring conference - Sat. 14th April 2018, 09.00am- 4.15pm
We are thrilled to welcome Nick Totton as our speaker for 2018.
‘We are all body psychotherapists…’
Taunton Association for Psychotherapy - www.taplimited.org.uk
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. He has been chair of both Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union.
“Embodiment and relationship are inseparable, both in human existence and in psychotherapy. If we explore embodiment, we encounter relationship; if we explore relationship, we encounter embodiment. Therapy is more powerful when the practitioner is able to recognise the constant interplay between these two aspects of being human, and to follow and support the shifts of change from one to the other”. Nick Totton Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy (2015)
Nick says, “At this conference 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.”
In a break from tradition, and because of his reputation as a speaker, we are offering a whole day’s conference with Nick. Be prepared for him to challenge you, to work with you in a practical way and to improvise as the nature of the day reveals itself through interaction with the audience.
During the day the following topics will be discussed:
- What is embodiment?
- Why does it matter?
- Embodiment in a social and political context.
- How does embodiment fit in with the more familiar themes of psychotherapy and counselling?
- What is the minimum requirement for working in an embodied way with clients?
- An embodied approach to trauma.
- Therapy as play.
9:00: Registration and coffee
9.30: Introduction by TAP Vice-Chair Andrew Wilcox
9:45: Session 1
11:30: Session 2
12:45: Lunch (included)
14.00: Session 3
15:30: Session 4
16:15: Farewell & closing comments – TAP Chair Helena Trump
Venue: Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7BL
Fee: £98 for the full day, £90 to TAP Members and £65 to students. Lunch included.
Certificate of Attendance provided as evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
There will be a bookstall offering 10% discount on usual prices, and attendees can book a free stand or share a table to display leaflets, business cards etc.
Contact for enquiries and the return of booking forms:
Suzie Grogan, TAP Administrator, 13 Holyoake Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8LD
Tel: 01823 661601 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Travelling by Road: Taunton Racecourse is on the B3170 road from Taunton to Corfe & Honiton, approx. 2 miles south of Taunton Town Centre. Leave the M5 at Junction 25, and travel towards Taunton, following the signs for Racecourse.
If you are travelling on the A303 from the West e.g. Honiton/Exeter direction turn left onto B3170 which will bring you directly to the racecourse.
If you are travelling on the A303 from the East e.g. Chard/Ilminster direction then turn right at the Eagle Cross Tavern and continue until you reach the crossroads. Turn right and follow the B3170 to the racecourse.
There is no public bus service from Taunton to the Racecourse.