We are pleased to give you an update of plans for the 10th International IIPA conference in London 2021.
The chosen venue is the British Library, close to Kings Cross Station, which has great transport links. It will house us all in a building called The Knowledge Centre. This venue offers a large lecture theatre and 4 smaller breakout rooms and a lovely tiered lobby space for us to mingle together in the breaks.
At this conference, there will be an opportunity for you to attend a pre-conference one-day event on Wednesday 17th March from 9.00-16.00. This will be seen as an extra additional event to the main conference that can be booked separately.
This pre conference day is called Through the Keyhole: An Introduction to Developmentally-based, Relationally-focused Integrative Psychotherapy.
The trainers are confirmed as Richard Erskine (Canada), Carl Nassar (USA), Karen Cesarano (UK).
This 5-hour dynamic course provides an overview of salient concepts of the theory and methods of Integrative Psychotherapy. It is an excellent introduction for those new to the models of Integrative Psychotherapy, as well as a valuable review for those already familiar with the theories and methods of a relationally focused, developmentally based psychotherapy — a psychotherapy that leads to our clients’ integration of affect, physiology, and cognition so that behaviour is by choice in the current situation and not stimulated by fear, conditioning, or compliance. Topics that may be covered include: the History and Philosophy of Integrative Psychotherapy; the Theory of Motivation; Models of Personality; and the Relational Methods of Inquiry, Attunement, and Involvement.
If you are planning to attend the future trainers workshop or presenting yourself for evaluation as a counsellor, psychotherapist or trainer and supervisors, these evaluation processes will also occur on Wednesday 17th March. If you are willing to help as an evaluator or observer then you will also need to hold this pre-conference date in mind.
The main conference has a challenging theme and is called Silence, Solitude, and Loneliness: Perspectives from Relational Integrative Psychotherapy. It will begin on Thursday 18th March and will last for 3 days until the afternoon of Saturday 20th March. There will be no event on the Saturday evening so you can arrange to travel home later on this day. Richard has been working hard to draft out the program and as soon as it is complete we will publish it for you all. Already, there are some really interesting and exciting presentations for everyone to attend.
We have booked a welcome evening on Thursday 18th March in the Kings Gallery Terrace of the main library. This space holds a large collection of historical books. Drinks and nibbles and the celebration of candidates who have completed their evaluations will all happen here.
There will not be a Gala dinner this year but instead a social event on the Friday 19th March in the evening. At the moment, we are researching for a suitable venue to provide a traditional pub experience. We expect to have food, music, dancing, a quiz, and some unexpected surprises. We hope that this will be an informal but a sociable event for everyone to enjoy together.
Sally Openshaw (Conference Co-ordinator)