Full program – Practice and Research in Psychotherapy
Bruno Van den Bosch
– Integration and Interaction in Psychotherapy
This presentation aims to investigate the added value in connecting the objective observability and subjective experience for psychotherapeutic practice. More specifically, I will focus on the importance of communication and interaction between both parties. A tango cannot be danced by oneself. It is in integration and interaction that ‘passion’ arises.Moreover, I wish to emphasize the importance of regarding psychotherapy as a part of a larger whole where the therapeutic field of work is attached to culture, society and ecology. Interdependence and mutual influence is the tango which can lead us to see and experience ‘the full story’.
Bruno Van den Bosch
Bruno Van den Bosch is founder and director at Educatieve Academie, a training institute for psychologists and therapists in Antwerp, Belgium. He is a therapist and teacher in Conceptual Interaction and president of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP).
– The Basis for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy
My talk will aim to return us to the question of the basis for a qualitatively-based approach to enquiry in the domain of psychotherapy. Whilst our culture places great emphasis on quantitative approaches to research in the general search for information, knowledge, and optimization, qualitatieve approaches bring us back to the fundamental experiences that are the basis for their possible measurement or quantification in the first place. Such a return is an opportunity to illuminate our lifeworlds, and the way in which we undergo experiences, so that we are able to deepen our understanding of the very phenomena that are central to our existence. In the realm of psychotherapy, then, such phenomena as empathy, relational depth, being challenged, trust, care, disclosure, change, and feeling conflicted, all invite deeper exploration and understanding for both the psychotherapist and client in the therapeutic relationship. In the course of the talk, some examples will be provided to further emphasize the central importance of qualitatively-based enquiry in psychotherapy.
Mo Mandic is an existential psychotherapist in private practice in London, UK. He is a faculty member of Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, at Regent’s University London, and also holds a Visiting Professorship at Union University, FLV, Novi Sad, Serbia, where he currently teaches research methodology, and ethics in psychotherapy on a regular basis. Mo’s doctoral studies focused on the psychotherapist’s experience of care in the therapeutic relationship.
Chantal Van Audenhove
– Implementation Research
The uptake of research findings into the routine of healthcare in clinical or organizational contexts and in policy is not self-evident. In recent times the awareness about this reality has lead to new approaches in research. In implementation Science the focus is not on the effectivity of practices, but on the factors that hinder or improve the uptake of so-called evidence based practices. In her presentation, Chantal Van Audenhove will explain the basic issues of implementation research and give some examples from the Belgian context.
Chantal Van Audenhove
Chantal Van Audenhove is Professor in Psychology and Communication in Healthcare at Catholic University Leuven. She is also director of Lucas Center for care research and consultancy at K.U.Leuven, a center for practice and policy oriented research and consultancy in the field of mental health care, social welfare, care for people with dementia, communication in care, innovations in care and mental health reform.
– Intertwining research and practice through relational-centred research
While knowledge of research contributes to therapy, I argue that therapy approaches/techniques can also be used for research. I present a way of doing research that mirrors relational-centred practice showing how research and practice can be intertwined as dance partners. In relational-centred research, the embodied dialogical encounter forms the basis for exploration, reflection and learning about what it means to be human. Practical examples of small-scale research will be presented revealing how doing research can be just a small step away from practice.
Linda Finlay is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor and in private practice in the UK. She also teaches psychology and counselling with the Open University. She has published widely including many papers and books on qualitative research. Her research interests include using phenomenology to explore the experience of disability and trauma. (www.lindafinlay.co.uk and www.relational-integrative-psychotherapy.uk)
– Interpersonal neurobiology: what can neuroscience add to our practice?
Latest discoveries in the development and plasticity of the brain emphasize the influence of experiences on neurophysiological processes and the growth of neural circuits. From the perspective of the interdisciplinary field of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) I will reflect on the key features of mental health, and of mental problems. What are the implications for the relationship with our clients? And, can we be more effective clinicians with this new knowledge?
Renate Geuzinge is registered mental health psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor/trainer in person centered experiential psychotherapy. She is researcher at the University for Humanistic Studies and founder of the Dutch Institute for Interpersonal Neurobiology. (www.ipnb.nl).
Vesna Petrovic is Prof. dr. at Faculty of Law and Business studies Dr. Lazar Vrkatic at Union University where she lectures courses in Mental Health, Psychological consulting and interventions in organisations, Integrative Psychotherapy and Contemporary schools in Psychotherapy. She is also a founder and director of the Serbian association for Integrative psychtotherapy an registered psychotherapist at the European Association of Psychotherapy.