Science & Research Committee SYMPOSIUM

Saturday 15th October, 9:30 – 13:00


In our clinical practice we discover more than once, that we are dealing with uncertainty. We often creatively identify new solutions and wonder if they can be fully understood and generalized.

Research can help us to ask important questions in a way that we can learn about complex systems. There is however a lively debate as to how we can best approach research from a perspective of Body Psychotherapy and how this compares with research conducted in other psychotherapy modalities.

This symposium combines the expertise of practitioner-based research, empirical research, case studies and a reflection on research methods.

The main theme of the symposium will be ‘Thinking outside the box’, the main subject will be ‘Embodiment’, and the main focus will be asking questions such as ‘how does research inform our clinical practice and vice versa’.

SRC Symposium Programme EABP Athens

9:30 – 11:00

25 years of research in Psychotherapy and Body Psychotherapy

9.30 – 9.40:
Introduction of the Symposium and the Committee and also a short introduction of the audience
9.40 – 9.50:
Overview of 25 years of psychotherapy research – “landscape”
9.50 – 10.00:
Overview of 25 years of Body Psychotherapy research – “landscape”
10.00 – 11.00:
Embodiment and research: thinking “outside the box”
A Round Table with short presentations from three different perspectives:
Three presenters will provide snapshots (10 mins each) on the theme with a focus on the question how change processes can be described from a perspective of embodiment; followed by 30 mins moderated round table.

11:00 – 11:30 break

11:30 – 13:00

Embodiment in practice-case studies

This part will be dedicated to Case Studies around the theme ‘Embodiment in practice’, specially addressing specific contributions to working with disembodiment. Case studies are an invaluable record of the clinical practice. While case studies cannot provide specific guidance for the management of patients, they are a record of clinical interactions, which help us to frame questions for more rigorously designed clinical studies. Case studies also provide valuable teaching material, demonstrating both typical and unusual presentations that may confront the practitioner.
Three presenters will present their studies. Each will have 20 minutes. After that 30 minutes will be left for dialogue with the audience.