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Wide open spaces: Working creatively and staying connected

14 - 16 September 2017,  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro

Together with Scotland AFT

Speakers

Dr Reenee Singh

 

Reenee Singh is the Director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre and Editor of the Journal of Family Therapy.  She is also the co-director of the Tavistock Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre and visiting Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

 

Reenee is a  UKCP accredited systemic psychotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience, currently Consultant Family and Couple Systemic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.  She is the author of two text books and many academic papers in the areas of “race”, culture and qualitative research.

 

Reenee presents her work at international conferences and teaches cross-cultural therapy and research at universities and training institutions all over the world.

 

 

Keynote Presentation

'Systemic Connections for a Divided World: the Intercultural Exeter Couples Model.'

Dr Reenee Singh and Prof Janet Reibstein

 

The Intercultural Exeter Model for Couples combines the work Prof Janet Reibstein developed with Hannah Sherbersky on manualised systemic work that combines behaviourally based techniques specifically recommended by NICE and, additionally, specifically systemic techniques agreed upon by an Expert Reference Group, with Dr Reenee Singh’s work bringing clinical focus upon the cultural differences within couples.  The new model gives manualised techniques for keeping our, and the couple’s, attention on the impact of differing cultural backgrounds upon their behavioural, cognitive, and emotional interactions.  It does so by using these alongside the original interventions the Exeter Model has isolated as evidence-based, validated  and endorsed ‘best practice’ within current systemic practice.  The Intercultural Exeter Model expands the lens of the original model, ‘globalizing’ it, so that it encompasses and works with cultural differences. It keeps to the original Exeter Model goal to make systemic work more empirically sound, verifiable, and for systemic practice to resonate with the third wave trend in the practice of CBT to fuse various behavioural techniques with those that develop empathy. The new version of the Exeter Model “the Intercultural One” helps intercultural couples develop intercultural empathy and behaviours that help maintain this.

 

The presentation will discuss training in this model, while showing some of its work in action, in clips of work with intercultural couples.

Professor Alan Carr

 

Alan Carr is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. He is also a couple and family therapist at Clanwilliam Institute, Ireland. He has practiced in Canada, the UK and Ireland. He has written over 20 books and 200 papers and presentations in the fields of clinical psychology and family therapy. His work has been translated into a number of languages including Portuguese, Polish, Korean and Chinese. His bestselling family therapy textbook – Family Therapy: Concepts Process and Practice – in now in its third edition. He has received a number of honours including a special award for his contribution to family therapy research from the European Family Therapy Association.

 

 

Keynote Presentation

Research Informed Systemic Therapy

 

A challenge for busy practicing family therapists is to integrate research results into day-to-day practice. There is now incontrovertible evidence from treatment outcome research that ‘family therapy works’. It is effective for a very wide range of child and adult-focused problems. There is also growing evidence that certain processes underpin effective family therapy. This research has identified effective practices for engaging families in therapy, establishing a therapeutic alliance, and using specific techniques to address particular problems. In this address, key research findings on family, couple and systemic therapy will be presented, and their implications for practice outlined.

Professor Peter Rober

 

Professor Peter Rober, PhD is clinical psychologist, family therapist and family therapy trainer at Context -Centre for marital and family therapy (UPC KU Leuven, Belgium). He is a Senior Faculty member at the Institute for Dialogic Practice.

 

He teaches family therapy at the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies (medical school of K.U. Leuven, Belgium). His research interest areas focus on the practice of family therapy and on the therapy process, including especially the use of self of the therapist and the therapist’s inner conversation.

 

Peter Rober published several articles in international family therapy journals. Since 1992, he has presented international workshops on family therapy with children and adolescents. Every year in August he has organised the European Summer School in Family Therapy in Leuven (Belgium), together with Jaakko Seikkula, the late John Shotter, Justine van Lawick and Jim Wilson.

 

 

Keynote Presentation:

Peter Rober, Ben Furman with Jim Wilson as facilitator

 

With the theme of Wide Open Spaces: working creatively and staying connected firmly at heart here we connect 2 therapists from different parts of the world Belgium and Finland who have a shared interest in finding ways to work collaboratively with children young people and families.  They will each present an aspect of their work Peter will look at the challenge of opening dialogical space in a family session whilst Ben will look at solution-focused approaches to making families happy: opening space for hope and possibilities.  Jim Wilson originally from Scotland will help facilitate a creative space that will allow Ben and Peter to consider the connections, to be curious as to the differences and ultimately create a unique presentation that has never been seen before.

Professor Arlene Vetere

 

Arlene Vetere is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Surrey University and Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway.  She is registered with the UKCP as a Systemic Psychotherapist.

 

She works therapeutically with individuals, couples and families and offers systemic and psychological consultation to teams, services and agencies.

 

Arlene has written extensively about working systemically with families, including renowned work on Domestic Violence and Family Safety and supervision and consultation practice with practitioners who work with domestic violence.  She presents her work at conferences all over the world.

 

 

Keynote Presentation:

'Looking after Ourselves and Each Other: An attachment narrative approach to supervision practice'

 

Keynote presentation abstract:  This presentation will explore the contribution that modern attachment theory and narrative theory can make to systemic supervision practice. In particular we shall focus on empathy, trust and compassion, non conscious relational responding and interactive emotion regulation in the development of working alliances and safe inter-subjective spaces. We shall address healing and repair when supervision falters and breaks down. During the presentation we shall look at some activities that both integrate theory and link to supervision practice. The presentation will draw on 'Interacting Selves: Systemic solutions for personal and professional development in counselling and psychotherapy'. co-edited with Peter Stratton, Routledge (2016).

Dr Ben Furman

 

Dr Ben Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of solution-focused therapy, coaching and organisational development. He is an author and In Finland he is a national celebrity having hosted his own TV and Radio programmes.

 

He developed the renowned resource Kids Skills which is now available in book and online format. This solution focused approach helps kids, parents to overcome everyday difficulties, and provides resources for those of us who work with children and families.

 

In 1984 he went to study systemic family therapy in Italy with Luigi Boscolo and Gianfranco Ceccin. He started to apply family therapy ideas in his work, attended congresses and workshops, participated in a family therapy training course in Finland (1984-1986) and became the founding editor of the Finnish journal of Family Therapy (1984-1988) which is published by the NGO, Finnish Association of Mental Health.

 

Ben has worked across Finland from Lapland to Helsinki giving him a unique insight into contexts that we share in Scotland. Working across great distances, remote communities, where previously family therapy was unknown and unfamiliar.

 

 

Keynote Presentation:

Peter Rober, Ben Furman with Jim Wilson as facilitator

 

With the theme of Wide Open Spaces: working creatively and staying connected firmly at heart here we connect 2 therapists from different parts of the world Belgium and Finland who have a shared interest in finding ways to work collaboratively with children young people and families.  They will each present an aspect of their work Peter will look at the challenge of opening dialogical space in a family session whilst Ben will look at solution-focused approaches to making families happy: opening space for hope and possibilities.  Jim Wilson originally from Scotland will help facilitate a creative space that will allow Ben and Peter to consider the connections, to be curious as to the differences and ultimately create a unique presentation that has never been seen before.

Jackie Kay MBE FRSE

 

Jackie Kay MBE FRSE is a Scottish poet and novelist. She is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate. We are delighted that she has agreed to attend as our after dinner speaker on Thursday and share some of her poetry with us.

 

Prof Janet Reibstein

 

Professor Janet Reibstein is a psychologist, individual psychotherapist , and family therapist.  Currently working in private practice in London, Professor Reibstein is also a Clinical Consultant to One plus One, the Relationship charity, and on the Advisory Board on Clinical Practice (CAG) to Relate.  She has also written the UK Parenting Plan, the online Listening to the Voice of the Child  information and leaflet,  and a number of other programmes adopted by the UK courts for separated and divorcing parents.

 

Professor Reibstein is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter (having retired as a Professor in the School of Psychology a few years ago) where she formerly ran postgraduate training programmes in family therapy and systemic practice for The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She was formerly Affiliated Lecturer in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge where she was also Psychological Consultant to Kings College, Cambridge.

 

In collaboration with Hannah Sherbersky, she developed The Exeter Model, a behavioural/systemic model, developed according to NICE Guidelines for couples work for depression.  Professor Reibstein was advisor to the Expert Reference Group on couples therapy, and a member of the Expert Reference Group on Systemic Therapy.  She is the author of six books and numerous articles covering her research on various aspects of relationships; couples and families; divorce and separation; and the psychological and emotional effects of illness on families and couples. Professor Reibstein has also contributed documentary series for television and Radio 4.

 

 

Keynote Presentation

'Systemic Connections for a Divided World: the Intercultural Exeter Couples Model.'

Dr Reenee Singh and Prof Janet Reibstein

 

The Intercultural Exeter Model for Couples combines the work Prof Janet Reibstein developed with Hannah Sherbersky on manualised systemic work that combines behaviourally based techniques specifically recommended by NICE and, additionally, specifically systemic techniques agreed upon by an Expert Reference Group, with Dr Reenee Singh’s work bringing clinical focus upon the cultural differences within couples.  The new model gives manualised techniques for keeping our, and the couple’s, attention on the impact of differing cultural backgrounds upon their behavioural, cognitive, and emotional interactions.  It does so by using these alongside the original interventions the Exeter Model has isolated as evidence-based, validated  and endorsed ‘best practice’ within current systemic practice. The Intercultural Exeter Model expands the lens of the original model, ‘globalizing’ it, so that it encompasses and works with cultural differences. It keeps to the original Exeter Model goal to make systemic work more empirically sound, verifiable, and for systemic practice to resonate with the third wave trend in the practice of CBT to fuse various behavioural techniques with those that develop empathy. The new version of the Exeter Model “the Intercultural One” helps intercultural couples develop intercultural empathy and behaviours that help maintain this.

 

The presentation will discuss training in this model, while showing some of its work in action, in clips of work with intercultural couples.

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