Friday October 4th 2019

Pre-Conference Advanced Practice Day – Master Classes

Pratt Institute, Broooklyn, NY

Stream 1 – Organisations in Transition

Exploring the Power of Arts and Creativity to Navigate Organisations Through Change and Transition’

| Mario Eugster | Jane Hannon | Stephen Sandford | North Hall 213

Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm

This practice day will explore the role of creative approaches to enable organisational change processes. We will look in depth at role of the arts in navigating organisations and institutions through transition and change

Introducing the Integral Approach as a theoretical map, the day will then explore how to activate creative potential and resources in institutions and organisations when faced with change or periods of uncertainty.

Further, we will investigate the relationships between organisational dynamics, cultural and social contexts and the inter-connectedness between individuals, teams and groups. We will also learn how we can share multi-perspective knowledge to generate meaningful responses that inform change.

In the second part of the day, we will learn about the cognitive, emotional and physical impact of creativity as an integral part of inquiring into the nature of the organisational challenge, assessing the level of response and creating scenarios that respond to the issues. ​Further, we will learn about the concept of organisations as living organisms. This will be facilitated through experiential exercises and workshops in order to explore solutions to organisational challenges. 

Whatever your role in an organisation, this day is relevant if you are interested in how to mobilise the role of the arts in organisational life to work towards positive change.  This practice day offers a unique combination of trainers with Jane Hannon, a managing director in the NHS (National Health Service) and Stephen Sandford and Mario Eugster, two highly experienced arts therapists with management experience.

Stream 2 – Communities in Transition

‘Mothers and Others: The Art and Drama of Connecting

An Arts-Based Developmental Approach to Intergenerational and Complex Trauma with Under-Resourced Communities

| Assoc. Prof. Linda Siegel | Marlize Swanepoel | North Hall 202

Time: 9:30am to 5.00pm

Linda Siegel and Marlize Swanepoel have both worked with marginalized communities that generally do not or cannot reach out for therapeutic help. These under-resourced communities  include people who have experienced severe traumas in different ways and for different reasons and who are from different cities with different cultural heritages. Yet, the stories are similar.

The theme of “Mothers and Others” refers to Sarah Hrdy’s seminal book of the same title, which inspired Linda and Marlize to utilize her hypothesis that states that

due to the uniquely long duration of human childhood, if human babies found themselves in an environment that is severely lacking in resources, they will need more than the care of a primary caregiver – their very survival is dependent on their community.

Linda and Marlize will explore how these universal concepts of the safety base of the original couple (‘Mother’) as a place of holding and repair, as well as the seeking of connection with community (‘Other’) to access resources and receive support, as is applied to their psychotherapeutic practices. As theoretical concepts in clinical practice, the one does not necessarily exclude the other, and the therapeutic process often fluctuates between the two.

In other words, in order to access the ‘other’ (community) as a resource, it is essential that the individual examine internal rhythms within (‘Mother’) as a source for utilizing or connecting with the external rhythms without.

Moving between an early infantile holding space and connecting with the world outside this space is a dynamic process which will be explored in theory, practice and experiential processes.

Furthermore, Linda and Marlize will share how their arts-based practices has supported them to work with the concepts of original couple and community in both a symbolic and practical way. This paradox comes from a necessity to develop innovative psychotherapeutic practices that meet the needs of the populations they work with. These include a lack of resources for long-term therapeutic work, stigma and cultural barriers to seeking psychotherapeutic support, as well as the prolonged nature of complex and intergenerational trauma.

The morning will offer presentations and talks helping to consider important questions regarding intergenerational trauma and marginalized voices. In the afternoon you will have a practice-based master class on effective working with a range of different communities that will be explored experientially.

The morning will offer presentations and talks helping to consider important questions regarding intergenerational trauma and marginalized voices. In the afternoon you will have a practice based master class on effective working with a range of different communities that will be explored experientially.

5.30pm – Registration for Main Conference | Higgins Hall

6.30-7.30pm – Welcome and Introduction to Conference – Dance and Music Performances Choreographed by Prof. Vicky Karkou at Edge Hill University, UK | Prof. Thomas Betteridge | Jane Hannon | Prof. Dominik Havsteen-Franklin | Prof. Vicky Karkou | Assoc. Prof. Linda Siegel | Auditorium

7.00pm – ‘The Poetic of Otherness’ | Higgins 112

Opening of Art Exhibition

Download Conference Programme (PDF)