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.