Tuesday 8 JULY 2014

10:00 – 10:30 Registration with coffee and tea being served


Gathering together to co-create open space dialogue, co– constructing / co-creating the next steps in the days ahead with the possibility to share working examples from practice. Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen will be joining us to co-create with us how we go on together.

12:00 – 12:45 LUNCH

12:45 – 14:30 Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen

Ken and Mary Gergen both have extensive work within the management and therapy arena. They would be delighted to co create with us a way of being in the world using what we might bring as a group of managers and therapists. They would also be sharing and talking with us on “beyond the linguistic turn in psychotherapy.” as well as inviting us into some performative work.

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee/Tea

14:45 – 16:15 Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen

16:45 – 17:00 Reflections on the day

19:00 Dinner with all who have booked this

Wednesday 9 JULY 2014

09:00 – 09:30 Coffee/Tea

09:30 – 12:30 Ken Gergen and Mary Gergen

12:30 – 13:15 LUNCH

13:15 – 14:30 Elspeth McAdam and Peter Lang

Creativity is born out of the shadows where the hidden creates possibilities:  working with schools, communities and organisations.

Elspeth and Peter will work with the members of the Systemic Gathering sharing how we all can grow through and the benefits of working in the shadowland.

The Shadow as we are using it is mystery and not knowing, exciting and often socially unacceptable, so we try to avoid to go into it. Entering it will allow you to discover things that you will never see unless you explore the possibilities of the shadow. It is the not knowing position.

Shadow is created by light. If you bring the light into a shadowy place, you light up a new place but create shadows in a different place. If we explore the dark , the shadows change, opening new doors and new ways of relating.

We work with stories which are contained in appreciative conversations looking at shadows where all the rich competent stories are hidden but are brought into the light through questioning and exploration.  As we shine the light on these shadows and stories, new shadows are formed hiding the abilities, skills and resources which are often unacknowledged and unseen. Shining explorative lights on these bring these alive and to awareness. Within the new shadows formed by this light many avenues open up to create multiple dreams and possibilities for the future.

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee/Tea

14:45 – 16:45 Elspeth McAdam and Peter Lang

16:45 – 17:15 Reflections on the day

19:00 Dinner with all who have booked this

Thursday 10 JULY 2014

09:00 – 09:30 Coffee/Tea

09:30 – 11:30 John Shotter

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee/Tea

11:45 – 12:15 John Shotter and Jim Wilson

No Diagnosis, No Therapy, Just Life-to-Life, Face-to-Face Engagement

Jim Wilson and John Shotter will share their belief that psychiatric diagnoses are ‘after the fact’ and ‘beside the point’. As Jim Wilson and John Shotter see it, therapeutic conversations do not involve any special techniques, or the use of any special models, theories, protocols, or (manualized) recipes. They do, however, require all participants to orient towards, and to stay oriented towards, exploring the question: “What is it like to be the X-kind of person you are, with the aim in mind of helping people to come to feel ‘more at home’ in their own lives, so to speak.

12:15 – 13:00 LUNCH

13:00 – 14:45 Cherrie Ravello

Working with Systemic theories/practices with young people and their families when the young person is diagnosed with ADHD; What happens in the LIVING MOMENT in dialogue?

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee/Tea

15:00 – 16:45 OPEN SPACE

With space for parallel seminars

Julie Wilkes – Carers who do and parents who don’t: accounting for choices and obligations in kinship care families.

Julie will invite us into a seminar about looking closely at how people actually talk, drawing on conversation analytic ideas about how social identities are managed in talk.

For new kinship carers there are no clear roles or guidelines on how to be, or what terms to use. Julie will invite us into questions such as, how do kinship carers talk about their choices and obligations.

More names that will be announced.

16:45 – 17:15 Reflections on the day

19:00 Dinner with all who have booked this

Friday 11 JULY 2014

09:00 – 09:30 Coffee/Tea

09:30 – 11:00 Christine Oliver and Martin Miksits

Living moments, imagining life

Christine Oliver and Martin Miksits would like to engage with frameworks and vocabulary for experiencing, making sense of and acting within, living moments, in ways that enrich practitioners’ and clients’ imagination for living.

Imagining is understood as a relational, discursive and dialogic activity and practice, and ways of making sense and relating reflexively to imaginative processes will be offered in these terms. Drawing on examples from clinical and organisational practice

  • Christine will combine systemic and contemporary psychoanalytic concepts to link emotion, reflection and action to conscious and unconscious narratives and part narratives, building CMM to incorporate meaningful vocabulary for the less ‘known’ and partially ‘known’ in communicative processes.
  • Martin will, drawing on CMM theory, positioning theory and discursive psychology, invite sensibilities for how ‘games of imagining’ are framed and played.
  • These different possibilities for reflexive imagining will be interrelated and their utility for practising explored through considering the opportunities and constraints that emerge for clients and practitioners in their ongoing living coordination.

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee/Tea

11:15 – 12:15 Christine Oliver and Martin Miksits

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:45 Kicki Oljemark

Values in action

Kicki’s seminar will invite us to reflect on how our morality will speak in our actions and on how we can meet individuals and groups as consultants, therapists and leaders in a never ending process of relational emergence. Based on her research and experiences from work in different contexts in Sweden and in Tanzania she will invite us into a meta-ethical and norm creative perspective. She will share experiences from her research and the idea of an ethical relational compass based on ideas inspired by a social constructionist perspective and relational responsibility.

14:45 – 15:00        Coffee/ Tea

15:00 – 16:30        OPEN SPACE

Elisabet Wollsen

LIFESTAGING® – supervision from an artistic and narrative approach

Supervision, counselling and psychotherapy often come in formats that confirm and reproduce the already taken-for-granted. Lifestaging® offers a challenge by being a (magic) dance, moving away from dominant ideas of knowing, in ways that will move and surprise you. Spooky? No, just a use of more right brain knowledge that always was there-but silenced. Scary? No, rather more fun and playful. (information and videos in English)

Plus further names that will be announced

19:00                    Dinner with all who have booked this

Saturday 12th of JULY 2014

09:00 – 09:15 Coffee/Tea

09:15 – 11:15 Helen Gibson

Capturing the successful moments in interaction

Helen Gibson will welcome in the world of living moment based on the research of Colwyn Travarthen, (Professor of Child Psychology) and the approach of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)

VIG is a strengths based approach and been found to be useful in the clinical context, the supervisory and organizational contexts.

By capturing the ‘successful’ moments on film of clients in communication with others and then rigorously exploring these moments in therapy/supervision, clients can begin to appreciate and celebrate their own unique styles of communicating and understand what they personally bring to co-create a successful interaction.

This appreciative stance in therapy/supervision can help clients to consider the more difficult or challenging contexts they find themselves in with others and feel more empowered to use their own unique skills effectively in the given situation.

Helen will also aim to open up group discussion around the use of video in our work contexts.

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee/Tea

11:30 – 12:30 John Shotter

12:30 – 13:30 Ending ceremony