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The Power of Non-verbal Communication in the Talking Cure
2-day conference with
Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Jean Knox, Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Phil Mollon, Dr Bonnie Meekums, Paul Newham, Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Colwyn Trevarthen

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2013

Most psychotherapists are trained in the talking cure but we are now becoming increasingly aware that non-verbal communication is a central aspect of empathy, interpersonal attunement and thus therapeutic change. What is the basis for this new awareness, and how are we to assimilate such understanding into modes of practice that have traditionally relied on verbal interaction?

The psychotherapy and psychology fields are enjoying a fascinating era of theoretical development based on a deeper understanding of the mind that is based on neuroscience research. Extrapolating from such studies, neuropsychologists have become able to explain our emotional and interactive behaviour with far greater accuracy, providing psychotherapists with enormous insight into what works and why.

It is now suggested that, while all therapies must involve language and cognition, the deepest layers of transformation lie in making a profound connection with the patientís right-brain domain, where relationship, emotion, embodiment and nuances of experience are processed. It is furthermore proposed that this where the deep reorganisation of the unconscious takes place.

Drawing on developmental studies, neuroscience and insights from modalities that place non-verbal communication at the heart of practice, such as voice and movement therapy, this conference will consider how we can increase our capacity for therapeutic empathy and attunement in the talking cure via body-language, prosody and voice, gesture and movement.


Dr Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones PhD, is an Honorary Associate Professor of Warwick Medical School and head of North East London NHS Foundation Trust's Tier 3 Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. Read more...

Dr Jean Knox
Dr Jean Knox is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. She is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, a Senior Member and Training Therapist of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Consultant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. Read more...

Dr Iain McGilchrist
Dr Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. Read more...

Dr Phil Mollon
Phil Mollon PhD is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, with a background profession of clinical psychology. He has worked in the NHS for 35 years. Read more...

Dr Bonnie Meekums
Bonnie Meekums, PhD, UKCP reg. psychotherapist, RDMP, Hon Fellow ADMP UK is one of the pioneers of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK, and is also a UKCP registered verbal psychotherapist. Read more...

Paul Newham
Paul Newham began his career as a performing artist, which led him to develop Guided Meditation techniques that enhanced creative expression for singers and actors, during the mid-1980s. Read more...

Dr Dan Siegel
Dan Siegel is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several other honorary fellowships. Read more...

Professor Colwyn Trevarthen
Colwyn Trevarthen is Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology in the Department of Psychology of the University of Edinburgh. Read more...


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  • Whole event: £300
  • Single days: £180 + VAT
  • Whole event: £480
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street

09.30 Registration
10.00 Start
11.00 Coffee break
13.00 Lunch break
17.30 End

Tea, herbal drinks, coffee and biscuits will be served 3 times