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Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People @ NCVO
Jan 28 all-day
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People @ NCVO

With Dr Kim Brown, Kelvin Hall, Ella Jones, Mike Delaney

Saturday 27 January 2018 – London


09.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Kelvin Hall

Coming Home to Eden: The Significance of Animal Assisted Therapy
There is growing testimony to the ability of a variety of creatures to respond to human suffering with empathic sensitivity and ingenuity, which can exceed that of a human therapist. What opportunities and challenges does this capacity offer to practitioners, whether or not they work indoors in a conventional consulting room? What does it tell us about neglected aspects of the human psyche, and about the responses which the living world warrants from us? How do we integrate this into practice? In essaying answers to these questions I will quote examples involving dogs, birds, insects, foxes, horses and other animals.

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Mike Delaney and Ella Jones – PART I

Holding Horses: Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for the Traumatised Body and Mind
It isn’t enough to call it MAGIC!
How does Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) help people to release trauma long held in the body and mind? Mike Delaney and Ella Jones answer this question through clinical examples, and by drawing on contemporary trauma theory including Intersubjective Systems Theory and the work of Peter Levine, as well as body psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation of the brain, all of which individually contribute to the conversation of why EFP is an effective means of working with trauma. They will also discuss how the horse is central to this process, and not simply an assistant to the therapist or a tool. Without the horse there would be no trauma resolution. They will explain how they successfully work with complex PTSD without the need for the client to cognitively describe or discuss the trauma.

13.00 Lunch (optional extra)

14.15 Mike Delaney and Ella Jones – PART II

In the second session Mike and Ella will introduce new body-oriented, trauma resolution protocols, which bring together contemporary theory and the deep connection between horse and human.

15.15 Tea

15.30 Dr Kim Brown

Wolves in animal assisted psychotherapy: real, archetypal and mythical
The wolf is a symbol of strength and protection, qualities we all need frequently in our lives, especially following trauma. Wolves symbolise self-direction and agency. They walk their own path, using the gift of super senses and an ability to survive in extreme circumstances. Wolf Medicine is a form of animal assisted psychotherapy that helps participants to explore the connection between their outer and inner landscapes. We work with a process called super-sensing – like the wolf – to help participants to develop their own power to walk their unique path through life with strength and ownership. This involves ancient knowledge and metaphor from eclectic sources such as the medicine wheel, Celtic standing stones and barrows, pre-Christian labyrinths – and spending time with live wolves. We will discuss this innovative combining of contemporary and ancient approaches to healing in relation to both traumatised and highly sensitive people.

17.00 End

Soil: Ground of Existence @ Emerson College
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day

Encountering the Science, Art, & Sacredness of Soil

Join us for these three days when we will encounter soil through
different practical activities, presentations, art and contemplation.

Presenters/facilitators will include:

Thur 15th March: The Science of Soil

Fri 16th March: The Art of Soil

Sat 17th March: The Sacredness of Soil

How to book:

Touchstone Meeting, May 2018 @ Stroud, Gloucestershire
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Touchstone Meeting, May 2018 @ Stroud, Gloucestershire

Touchstone Meetings are cross-centre meetings held every 6 months, to which IQAs, Heads of Centres, Programme Managers are invited. At the meetings we review assessment and IQA work, share good practice, offer training and updates and identify any issues or new developments.

In the past two years we have offered the opportunity to attend a meeting on our virtual learning environment, rather than travelling to Stroud or another location.

Tuesday May 15th May 2018 1-4pm (UK time) a face to face meeting, probably held in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

To find out more, please contact Alison Richards or Debbie Horseman.

The Poetics of Leadership: Creativity, art and story in enabling meaningful change @ University of Cumbria
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm
The Poetics of Leadership: Creativity, art and story in enabling meaningful change @ University of Cumbria

An international conference in the heart of the Lake District

Decision-makers need to be bold and agile to help their organisations and communities respond to rapid changes in their environments. Actions based on existing patterns of thought and behaviour will not suffice. What stimulates the necessary creativity to think afresh about contexts and choices? In this two-day event, we will explore methods available for leadership development.

Topics will include: Creative writing as a method for personal leadership development, poetry as an aid for exploring emotions, the visual and performing arts as a means of enabling new ideas, storytelling as a method for leadership communications, physical play as a means of reducing inhibitions, and outdoor activities as opportunities for deepening insight. We will experience such methods and discuss them in the context of both classical and contemporary theories on the role of creativity and arts in personal and social change. For inspiration we will draw on the creative heritage of the cultural landscape of the English Lake District, now recognised by UNESCO.

The conference is intended for academics, practitioners, postgraduate students and anyone else interested in the conference theme. The aim is to host contributions that break narrow disciplinary boundaries. Alongside conventional presentation formats, such as keynotes, paper and poster sessions and workshops, there will be contributions that take a more embodied and interactive approach. An optional outdoor activity will also be offered. We anticipate lively debate about the structure and form of academic learning, and the responsibility of higher education to widen horizons rather than narrow them.

The conference takes place in a historic campus in the heart of a National Park and UNESCO world heritage site, nestled in amongst beautiful hills and lakes that have attracted hikers and writers to the Lake District for centuries. On the Saturday, a selection of short activities outside the conference venue will be offered.

Find out more…