The conference is aimed for all health professionals including psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses and other mental health professionals to enable them to apply dream theory to clinical practice. All delegates will receive a certificate for five hours continual professional development.
This is a conference whereby delegates will be invited to share and work with their own dreams.
Speaker : Eric Parkins
‘Dreaming: Neurological Imperative and Psychological Necessity’
Why dreams are essential
The neurobiology and rhythm of the dreaming cycle (and day-dreaming cycle)
Dreaming as an interaction of brain systems (and relation to Freud’s model)
What are the various possible functions of dreams (schema updating, emotional catharsis, virtual reality rehearsal, problem solving, inspiration)
Dream Language: How information is represented and processing in dreams
The dream-making unconscious as a driver in our daily lives
Daydreaming as an opportunity not to be missed
Dreams, telepathy, and unconscious networking
We are delighted to have Neuropsychologist and ex–lecturer University of Nottingham and author of Total Brain Total Mind Eric Parkins: Since 1978 Eric has been employed variously as a science teacher (with some years in adolescent secure unit), an LEA educational psychologist, and a university psychology lecturer. In parallel, he spent the last 40 years working on an integrative theory of brain/mind. He trained originally as an engineer, and it was this background that informed his approach to psychology. In seeking to develop a brain based understanding of how homeostasis can be cognitively extended, he was led to the unavoidable conclusion that dreaming is essential to schema development, and therefore for effective psychological functioning. Eric is also an Integrative Psychotherapist.
Social Dreaming Conductor: Teresa von Sommaruga Howard
Teresa’s career was prefigured by many cultural influences. She was born in England of a German Jewish refugee father and British non-Jewish mother, with whom she immigrated to New Zealand as a child. She is a registered architect and trained as a systemic family therapist. She is a Group Analyst with specific expertise conducting median and large groups and social dreaming matrices. She has applied these disciplines, architecture, systemic practice and group analysis in larger settings, in various contexts, in various countries, over the years. She is an Executive Member and Treasurer of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP) and co editor of the journal Forum, which she also helped to design and publish.
Breakaway dream group Conductors
Kevin qualified as a group-analytic psychotherapist in 1984 with the London Centre for Psychotherapy and was awarded an M.A. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire & Guild of Psychotherapists in 1998, and the IGA’s Certificate in Group-analytic Supervision in 2003. He is registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists and a member of The Canterbury Consortium of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapists (CCOPPP).
Group Analyst and Drama Therapist, Mem IGA, HPC, UKCP. He spent many years working in Therapeutic Communities with young people.
UKCP Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, and mental health nurse. Assoc Mem IGA, Psychotherapist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Marcus is Vice Chair and News Letter Editor of CCOPPP. He also has a private psychotherapy practice in Dartford.
Teresa von Sommaruga Howard
Group Analyst and Architect
UKCP Reg Group Analyst Member IGA, Art Psychotherapist Dip.A.T.R.A.Th, Supervisor IGA