Pre Congress Workshops Wednesday 24 August 2011

The Scientific Committee is happy to announce the following Pre-Congress Workshops. If you have not yet registered for a workshop, please email your request to the Congress Managers at

Workshop 1: Prof Harlene Anderson

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2011  Start time:0900   End Time:1200   Room:B102   Cost:$150

Collaborative Therapy: A Conversational Partnership

Collaborative therapy is based in postmodern philosophy and related assumptions that inform therapy as a conversational partnership process with focus on the way that the practitioner orients and positions themselves in the relationship and conversation with the client: to be a co-inquirer about the issues at hand and a co-creator of local practical possibilities. This orientation and position is referred to as the therapist’s philosophical stance: a way of being in which the therapist is spontaneously, responsively and participatively engaged from within and does not act from a formulaic step-fashioned method brought in from the outside.

Particular kinds of relationships and conversations naturally develop from this philosophical stance. This workshop will review the basic assumptions and the invitation they offer the therapist. The therapist’s way of being will be discussed, including its characteristics and how to engage in a conversational partnership relationship and process.

Workshop 2: Prof Helen Milroy

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2011  Start time:0900   End Time:1200   Room:B105   Cost:$150

Traditional Healing Workshop

Indigenous communities throughout Australia have had their own systems of Traditional Healers and healing methods for many thousand of years. This workshop will explore the role and work of Ngangkaris from Central Australia employed to provide traditional healing for their communities. There are many parallels with methods often employed in psychotherapy such as developing trust, being held in mind, developing shared understanding, meaning and use of metaphor. The workshop will utilise oral presentations, group discussion and a DVD to explore the way Ngangkaris work and allow participants to develop a shared understanding of the importance of traditional healing practices.

Workshop 3: Sir Mason Durie

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2011  Start time:1300   End Time:1600   Room:B102   Cost:$150

Eco-connectedness and Identity: land, territory, and psychotherapy

The workshop will focus on the significance of place as a determinant of identity and the implications for psychotherapy. It will explore the impacts of dislocation from accustomed environments, psychological stressors associated with climatic change and the relationship between the natural environment and wellbeing. Indigeneity will be a central theme and the use of eco-connections as adjuncts to therapy will be discussed. Participants will be invited to share stories of homelands, the nature of residual ties with place, and the potential for healing through reconciliation with natural environments.

Workshop 4: Prof Mary Target

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2011  Start time:1300   End Time:1600   Room:B105   Cost:$150

Attachment in the school years - Applications and findings using the Child Attachment Interview

The Child Attachment Interview was developed in the UK ad US by Target and colleagues based at University College London. The measure is a reliable and valid videotaped interview assessment of child-caregiver attachment in middle childhood. The interview protocol and its adaptations (e.g. to maltreated children now in foster care) will be described, together with some modifications in coding (e.g. for adolescents). Much work remains to be done and there are interesting conceptual issues to be tackled concerning the longitudinal development of attachment in the mind and life of the child growing through adolescence, what ‘disorganization’ looks like in school age children, and so on. Issues of culture and trauma are beginning to be seriously reflected on in relation to the interview’s style and findings, and this is an area which should especially benefit from dialogue in a workshop setting.

Workshop 5: "No Exit" by Crossbow Productions

This workshop will include a play performance as well as additional interactive discussions and activities with participants.

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2011  Start time:1300   End Time:1600   Room:B104   Cost:$100

No Exit: construction of the Other in theatre and in the psychotherapeutic relationship

This workshop will present a performance of John Paul Sartre's 1944 play No Exit and a theatrical workshop highlighting issues pertinent to relationship building in stage characters, particularly in preparing for this play, and in the psychotherapeutic relationship.
No Exit is a theatrical embodiment of the important theories of inter-personal relatedness Sartre expounded in his 1943 magnum opus Being and Nothingness. These theories include: problems of constructing a self in the presence of others; fear, shame and pride in the presence of others; love, desire and eroticism in the presence of others; and action and responsibility in the context of freedom. Particular reference will be made to 'the gaze' in theatre and in the psychotherapeutic relationship.
The performance and workshop activities will be run by Crossbow Productions which, for this production, includes actors with national and international professional credits. Techniques for relationship building, being wholly present, handling charged silences, responding authentically and emphatically, and containing preoccupation and strong emotional states will be considered in the broad framework of the Russian - New York acting and directing tradition, and application to clinical practice.
This workshop will consider drama as an art-form from which we may derive insights relevant to psychotherapeutic practice; it will not consider psychodrama or a psychodynamic approach to interpreting theatre. Delegates are invited to actively participate in some or all of the theatrical activities or gaze on as bystanders.