Keynote Speakers

Gustl Marlock The Structural Changes of The Soul in Postmodernity

The theories of Psychoanalysis and Body-Psychotherapy are in their foundation deeply rooted in the cultural context of the last century. The older “culture of obedience” found its expression for example in notions of character as systems of inhibition, bearing expressive and impulse favoring methods. In the last decades western societies underwent huge changes.
In postmodern cultures of consumerism Freud´s notion, that freedom should be traded for the structural security of culture is reversed. Henceforth symptomatically we see a rise of diffuse, amorphous anxieties, growing structural deficits and chronic dependency, like in narcissistic and borderline dynamics and widespread inclinations towards regression.
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Gustl Marlock

Gustl Marlock, studied educational science and is a certified psychological psychotherapist and child and adolescence psychotherapist. He codirects the german training program in Unitive Body-Psychotherapy. He ids an advisory board member of two Training academies for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and works as a lecturer, supervisor and training therapist in that field. Co-editor of the “Handbook of Body-Psychotherapy”

Prof. Maurizio Stupiggia The pain in the virtual world: a new challenge for Body Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy requires a reformulation of new paradigms.
Social crisis and modernization have significantly modified psychopathology; psychotherapists often deal with diseases, which are not proper mental disorders, but abnormal reactions to adverse life events.
Classic syndromes, such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, are considered in light of recent psychopathological changes.
An increase of borderline personality disorders and new forms of psychopathologies, such as those related to dysfunctional use of the Internet and behavioural addictions are likely to modify clinical practice.
Analyzing the transformation generated by the digital era, Dissociation, and particularly Somatoform Dissociation, is a crucial core of the problem.
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Prof. Maurizio Stupiggia

Maurizio Stupiggia, body-psychotherapist.
He works as a trainer in some European countries, in Japan and Latin America.
Professor of General Psychology at the University of Genoa (Faculty of Medicine). Founder, with Jerome Liss, of International School of Biosystemic.
Beside many articles, he wrote two books, which were translated in other languages, “La terapia biosistemica” and “Il corpo violato”. In collaboration with other authors he published “Il benessere nelle emozioni” (2009), and “Biosistemica, la scienza che unisce” (2015).

Lidy Evertsen Making inner and outer connection

Much has changed in Western society in the last 70 years. Globalisation has taken over from contact on a more human scale, life is faster than ever before and people live under the pressure of success and a need to combine many roles. (To mention only a few)
Some complaints which clients bring to the consulting rooms are related to these changes. Others are not so new, but receive more attention nowadays. Currently we are frequently presented with burn-out, ADHD, Borderline behaviour and fear related problems e.g. In this lecture I would like to talk about a clinical approach based on a view of the underlying dynamics in humans, such as dissociation, which cause challenges in meeting today’s world. I understand today’s world as current times as well as in opposition to people’s own life history.
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Lidy Evertsen

Lidy Evertsen, Body Psychotherapy practitioner in her own practice since 1993; modalities - Unitive Psychotherapy, Bodynamic Analysis; specialised in working with dissociation and DID; Bodynamic trauma therapist; trainer, supervisor and therapist for Body Psychotherapy students and practitioners; EABP president 2010-2016; active in the development of the profession of Body Psychotherapy in EABP Think Tank, Continuous Congress Content Committee and CPD committee.

Rae Johnson Navigating Gender in Body Psychotherapy

Body psychotherapists are uniquely positioned to address issues of gender and sexuality in authentic and empowering ways.  As clinicians, we bring a finely-tuned set of observational skills and relational perspectives that permit a creative exploration of how gender is experienced in and through the body.  However, gender has been a relatively neglected territory within body psychotherapy theory and professional discourse. The presenter will discuss how body psychotherapy practitioners might bring themselves into an experience of fuller contact with gender and sexual diversity, become more aware of the complex territory that these topics illuminate in themselves and their clients, and feel more confident and skilled in navigating that territory.
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Rae Johnson

Rae Johnson, PhD, RSMT is a scholar activist working at the intersection of somatics and social justice.  Dr. Johnson is the author of Embodied Social Justice and several articles and book chapters on gender in psychotherapy.

Carmen Joanne Ablack Towards intercultural working - pitfalls and possibilities for Bodypsychotherapy

Exploring wider cultural dynamics and contemporary existence leads to considering embodied-relational and intercultural dynamics. Reflecting on explorations in performance arts and other creative endeavours allows recognition of reciprocal relating and social bonding with human and other living beings. However intercultural dynamics bring us to tensions, conflicts and potential mis-attunements that we must address through considering processes of identifying, senses of identification and what these may mean for us today. My on-going developing awareness of “Embodied Intercultural Ground” includes deepened understanding of the centrality of differentiated and inclusive dialogical dynamics to the vitality of wider social bonding and embodied relational meeting.
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Carmen Joanne Ablack

Carmen Joanne Ablack MSc, has a particular interest in mental health, social responsibility and educational matters, particularly access to professions. She is current President of EABP and  former chair of the Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapy (CABP). She is also a member of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) Leadership Group in the UK. She has been published on a wide range of areas including clinical contemporary practice in psychotherapy, intercultural communications, diversity dilemmas, trauma, access and regulation.

Alan Fogel States of Self-Awareness and the Therapeutic Vitality of the State of Embodied Self-Awareness

States of self-awareness can include little or no awareness of self (dissociation), functional and dysfunctional self-image and self-concept, and dysfunctional somatization and rumination including pain, fatigue and anxiety/depression. The state of Embodied Self-Awareness (ESA) runs along unique nervous system pathways linked directly to psychophysiological processes that promote reduction of pain, rumination, and anxiety; feelings of ease, relaxation and self-acceptance; feelings of closeness and connection to others; and improvements in stress regulation, immune, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory function. This presentation explores the experiential and physiological markers of ESA, in both client and therapist, and they are not what you think.
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Alan Fogel

Alan Fogel, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Utah, USA
Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Senior Teacher
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
fogel.alan@gmail.com

Manfred Thielen Body psychotherapy and the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Important pioneers of BPT are Wilhelm Reich and Elsa Gindler. BPT has its roots in psychodynamic psychology but has developed since the sixties into the direction of Humanistic Psychotherapy and represents in Germany one of its approaches. BPT received a deepening and widening by the research findings of pre-; peri- and postnatal psychology, infant and attachment studies, brain research and gender studies as well as observations from clinical practice. Thus BPT is well aquainted for the sociopolitical, cultural and clinical challenges of our time. The neoliberal narcicisstic imprints of the modern society has caused an increase of narcicisstic and Borderline personality disorders which are able to be treated appropriately by modern BPT.
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Manfred Thielen

Manfred Thielen, Dr. phil., Dipl.-Psych., Psychological Psychotherapist, Body Psychotherapist, trainer, training therapist, supervisor, Director of Institute for Body Psychotherapy Berlin, Lecturer at the Institut für Psychotherapie Potsdam, at Berliner Fortbildungs-Akademie and Akademie für angewandte Psychologie und Psychotherapie in Cologne, Lecturer at Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal, Member of Editorial Board of Psychotherapeutenjournal, Delegate of Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists and National Chamber of Psychotherapists, Chair of DGK, Chair of AGHPT. Author of numerous publications to Bodypsychotherapy, last: Thomas Harms& Manfred Thielen (Hg.): Körperpsychotherapie und Sexualität. Grundlagen, Perspektiven und Praxis.
Gießen 2017, Psychosozial-Verlag