The Pre-conference programme is available here 

Main conference

The main conference starts at 7 pm on the 28th August with a reception and key-note address by Professor Jonathan Moreno.

Each day will start with a plenary session in which international experts consider their response to the conference theme.

On the first morning the Brazilian socio-psychodramatist, Heloisa Fleury will discuss trans-cultural group work.

On Saturday Peter Fonagy, a psychoanalyst and the creator of Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), will consider Attachment and the Central Role of Communication in Therapy.

The following day Göran Högberg’s plenary will focus on Affecting Neuroscience, Memory Re-consolidation and Action Methods whilst on the last day family therapists Arlene Vertere & Rudi Dallos, bring us all back to the family with a presentation entitled The Use of Action Techniques in Systemic Family Therapy.

The book Empowering Therapeutic Practice: Integrating Psychodrama into other Therapies, created around our theme, will be launched at the conference.

Leading experts from other schools of therapy have been invited to present workshops that focus on five of the nine chapters in this exciting new book.

Dr Duncan McLean, a consultant psychiatrist and also a child and adult psychoanalyst, will look at the use of Mentalization Techniques to help individuals manage situations of high emotion. Such situations can occur in crisis circumstances and are often precipitated by individuals with personality difficulties.

Dr Steve Farnfield, an academic and play therapist and co-editor with Paul Holmes of the three volumes of the Routledge Handbooks of Attachment, will consider the effectiveness of current therapeutic approaches in changing child and adult attachment strategies and whether this is actually possible or even desirable.

Chris Holland, psychoanalyst in the Scottish Tradition, will discuss how our immediate impulses and instincts have to be modified to fit in with our own particular family and culture.