Confer - continuing professional development, seminars and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists
Intimacy
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VENUE
The Old Cinema
University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Located on the West side of Regent Street, north of Oxford Street. Nearest tube Oxford Circus.
SCHEDULE
FRIDAY 19 JUNE 2009
17.30 Registration, tea & bookstall
18.30 Presentation
19.30 Presentation
21.00 Drinks reception
SATURDAY 20 JUNE 2009
09.00 Registration & coffee
09.30 Presentation
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Presentation
12.05 Presentation
13.00 Lunch break - NB tea/coffee only will be served
14.15 Conference symposium
15.00 Presentation
16.00 Tea
16.30 Presentation
17.30 End of conference
FEES
Both days
  • Self-funded £160
  • Organisationally-funded £350

The fee includes VAT, and extensive materials and handouts. Tea and coffee will be served at regular intervals; lunch is not included.

Invoicing
If your place is being funded by an organisation and you wish to request an invoice, please print out and complete the booking form above and post it to us, attaching the name of the person responsible for funding, their full address and phone number.
EXHIBITION SPACE
You may hire an exhibition space at this event for 100 per day + VAT. To do so please email info@confer.uk.com
CPD HOURS
Certificates of Attendance for 8.5 hours will be provided at the event.
BOOKING CONDITIONS
Regrettably, refunds cannot be given in any circumstances as these are impossible to administer fairly and render our budgets unviable. By booking you are entering into a contract with Confer to pay for your place whether you can attend or not. However, you may give your place to another person if you let us know that person's name at least 24 hours before the event begins. We reserve the right to change a speaker at one of our conferences. However, if a solo presenter cancels we will offer a refund or transfer.
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
CONFER takes its responsibility for environmental impact very seriously, and we welcome further suggestions.

THE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC CHALLENGE OF UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH INTIMACY
A multi-disciplinary conference
FRIDAY 19 & SATURDAY 20 JUNE 2009
ABOUT THIS EVENT

The concept of intimacy combines a number of human needs and capacities: openness, transparency, close proximity and safety, which when combined allow for a deepened connection with another person. The notion of intimacy is very positive, associated with secure attachment and a special type of closeness to and knowledge of the self and other; it assumes a basis of sympathy and capacity to care about the object of one's intimate attachments.

Intimacy, like all emotional positions, is underpinned by neurophysiology. Specific neuropeptides and hormones are released when the individual experiences a state of safe proximity to another such as vasopressin and oxytocin. These are hormones that play key roles in social behaviour and social understanding, helping to regulate sexual behaviour, mother-infant and adult-adult pair-bond formation and social memory/recognition.

The combining and sustaining of the psychological, social and biological properties required for ease with familiarity is not a small assignment. Intimacy can be easily distorted as we attempt closeness without feeling safe or without a deep capacity for connection Problems with intimacy will be a frequent issue in the consulting room for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists. So how are we to work with these? Do we need to begin by examining the individual's attachment patterns, working with their unconscious fears of other people, specific past traumas or with the body?

This conference is am ambitious attempt to explore the science and psychology of intimacy, how we can more easily open ourselves to the pleasures and safety which it provides, and what psychotherapeutic approaches are most able to resolve obstacles in experiencing this level of closeness.

CONFER'S SPRING/SUMMER 2009 BROCHURE
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