Other Workshops & Events

Somatic Symptom Disorder / ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ in Primary Care

The Health Foundation East London NHS Foundation Trust

A one day state of the art symposium for primary and secondary health care professionals. We will have presentations by international and local experts, including an introduction to research in an innovative care pathway.

Friday 6 May 2016, Morris Lecture Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital,  West Smithfield London EC1A 7BE

(Attendance free of charge / Lunch and CPD certificate will be provided)


Conference Chair: Professor Frank Röhricht, East London NHS Foundation Trust

9.00-10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.05-10.20 Opening remarks from National Director IAPT Programme Long-Term-Conditions – The National Mental Health Integrated Care Strategy / Mental Health; Task Force  Kevin Mullins, Head of Mental Health NHS England

10.20-11.00 Chronic Somatic Complaints with Inadequate Organic Explanation – State of the art classification systems  Professor Peter Henningsen, University of Munich / Germany

11.00 -11.40 Medically Unexplained Symptoms – results from the DoH/IAPT  national pathfinder project Professor Rona Moss-Morris, Professor of Health Psychology  National Advisor, MUS – IAPT, King’s College London

11.40-12.00 Q&A / Discussion

12.00 -13.00 Lunch Break


Conference  Chair : Professor Stefan Priebe,  WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development; Queen Mary University of London

Welcome and Introduction

13.00 – 13.40 Body Oriented Psychological Therapies for the Treatment of Somatoform Disorder – an overview Professor Claas Lahmann,  Professor of Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Munich/ Germany

13.40 – 14.20 The Treatment of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms in Primary Care: a review of the literature Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro,  Family Doctor, Waltham Forest, London UK, Visiting Professor Population Health, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal, President  World Federation for Mental Health

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee / Tea Break

15.00 – 15.40 Evaluating Outcomes of a Novel Primary Care Pathway for Patients with Functional Distress Disorder/ MUS Professor Frank Röhricht, East London NHS Foundation Trust, University of Essex

15.40 – 16.30 Body Oriented Psychological Therapy delivered as “Strategies for Better Living” group – therapist’s perspective Nina Papadopoulos (Psychologist and Senior DMP practitioner and lecturer); Layla Smith, Claire Burrell (DMP practitioners) & Dr Ivan Zammit (Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry)

16.30 – 17.00 Treatment of Patients with Functional Distress Disorder in Primary Care– a General Practitioners and Commissioners perspective Dr Phillip Moore, Chair Mental Health Commissioners Network (MHCN); General Practitioner and Deputy Chair of Kingston CCG

17.00 – 17.30 Plenum Open Discussion and closure

Please reserve your place / register at RSVP: MUS@elft.nhs.uk


Continuing Professional Development workshops at the University of Derby

Staff members of the University of Derby’s Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA program are offering a series of Continuing Professional Development workshops promoting the development of skills for professionals in education, health and social care.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Semiotics

Vicarious Trauma

07/05/16 10:00 – 16:00
Meghan Slade R-DMP, BC-DMT

This workshop will focus on the definition, symptoms, and long-term effects of carers who support survivors of trauma. Time will be provided for personal exploration, expression, and recuperative exercises. Also included are techniques and guidance for self-care and wellness management for those who support survivors of trauma.

Meghan Slade is registered to practice Dance Movement Psychotherapy in both the UK and US. She has experience working with several populations including survivors of trauma, substance misuse, adults with disabilities and mental health problems, as well as children with special needs and/or behavioural difficulties.

Location: Derby University, K007, Kedlestone Road, Derby DE221GB
Spaces are limited.
To book your reservation, please send an email to meghan.slade@gmail.com by 23/04/2016.
Payment collected on day of workshop
No walk-ins please
Lunch not provided

£50 – Full-time professionals
£30 – Part-time professionals
£20 - Non-practicing professionals
£15 – Students
Mindfulness for Children
Youth Wellness Through Embodied Anti-bullying and Anti-violence Techniques

21/05/16 10:00-13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00
Talia Padilla R-DMP
Meghan Slade R-DMP, BC-DMT

Mindfulness for Children

In order to be able to teach children to regulate their attention and emotions, we must first learn to do so ourselves.
Participants in this workshop will experience mindfulness for stress management and for cultivating attention and emotional balance, for themselves and for the children they work with/attend to.
Participants will also learn specific techniques to begin a mindfulness practise with school-aged children.
Talia Padilla is a registered dance movement psychotherapist and has practised mindfulness and yoga for many years. She works in a primary school where she uses mindfulness as a basic tool for developing emotional intelligence, self-control, and inner growth in children.

Youth Wellness Through Embodied: Anti-bullying and Anti-violence Techniques

This workshop will incorporate structure and techniques as presented in Rena Kornblum’s program, Disarming the Playground. Interventions will be introduced and practiced to encourage awareness, impulse control, empathy, and self-esteem. Instruction of specific techniques to decrease aggression and impulsivity will also be presented.

Location: Derby University, K007, Kedlestone Road, Derby DE221GB
Spaces are limited.
To book your reservation, please send an email to t.padilla@derby.ac.uk by 07/05/2016.
Payment collected on day of workshop
No walk-ins please
Lunch not provided

Cost – Per session
£30 – Full-time practicing professionals
£20– Part-time professionals
£15 - Non-practicing professionals
£10 – Students
**Book both of the days’ sessions and save £5



Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, York

Two days of presentations, workshops, discussion and opportunities for networking and sharing for all arts therapists (Drama, Dance Movement, Music and Art) working in the Yorkshire and Northumbria regions

Cost for two day conference: £80 - includes lunch, refreshments and access to the Spa and National Trust gardens
Shared b&b accommodation in twin room: £70/person/night
Single b&b accommodation: £116/person/night

please book by Monday 21st March
only 60 places available

For bookings please contact Dr Allison Singer: allison.singer@btinternet.com

Goldsmiths, University of London

Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring social and cultural space in contemporary Art Therapy practice.

Wednesday 13-Saturday 16 April 2016

New Cross, London SE 14 6NW, UK

This conference continues the exploration of contemporary art therapy practice initiated in our first conference here at Goldsmiths in 2013. Art therapists are of necessity engaged in making spaces, creating both physical and imagined spaces. Finding places relates to both the physical setting and the place of the art therapist in organisations where they work. We are wanting delegates to bring their own questions and insights in relation to space in art therapy to the conference, finding a place there for discussion and exploration, in workshops and in paper and panel presentations.
We will be making further announcements soon in relation to Keynote Speakers and morning Panel presenters. We shall also send out announcements in relation to our programme, and a call for afternoon papers. In the meantime we suggest a visit to ATOL Art Therapy OnLine Vol 5 Issue 1 to explore the work of our previous conference. Go to - http://journals.gold.ac.uk/atol/backissues.html#6
Please email arttherapyconference2016@gold.ac.uk.
Please find further information about this upcoming Conference on our link: http://www.gold.ac.uk/stacs/art-therapy-conference-2016/

Saturday 16th April - Introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy

This course is for anyone interested in learning about the principles and practice of Dance Movement Therapy.


Saturday 7th May - An introduction to Authentic Movement - Developing your inner witness

Authentic Movement is a form of moving meditation based on the relationship between the mover and the witness. This one-day workshop introduces the concept of the inner witness, one of the basic elements of this practice.


Saturday 11th June - Non-verbal communication: The art of conversation through body language

This course if for practitioners in health, education, community and social care interested in developing ways of relating to clients who depend on non-verbal communication.


Saturday 2nd July - Self-care for practitioners working in the helping professions

This course of for practitioners in the helping professions, for example therapists, care workers, teachers, teaching assistants, social workers, who are interested in self-care and re-discovering the vitality and passion in the work.


Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September - An introduction to Ecopsychology: a body-based approach.

This introductory course is for anyone in the helping professions who is interested in a body-based approach to ecopsychology. Ecopsychology brings a psychotherapeutic lens on the causes and impacts of climate chaos, supporting an understanding of individual and collective distress within an earth-based context


All courses run from 10 to 5pm

For more information, please check our website or contact Michela Goddard (m.goddard@gold.ac.uk)

British Association for Music Therapy

Re-Visioning our Voice: Resourcing music therapy for contemporary needs
April 2016, Glasgow

For full details: http://www.bamt.org/about-british-association-for-music-therapy/bamt-conference-2016.html

Roehampton University

Introduction Days.

November 26th : http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Short-Courses-Futures/Psychology-Short-Courses/Introduction-to-Dance-Movement-Psychotherapy---November/

The Summer School information is available here: August 9th -13th 2016 : http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Short-Courses-Futures/Psychology-Short-Courses/Arts-and-Play-Therapies-Summer-Schools-2016/

Foundation Course October 29th 2016 – March 25th 2017 (Link available shortly).

‘Embodying Social Justice’- Contemporary Perspectives across the Arts and Psychological Therapies.

10th June 2016 – 11th June 2016

Futher details:Embodying Social Justice

And  http://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=164&catid=191&prodid=237

The University of Hertfordshire

offers doctoral programmes (3 years full time, 4-5 years part time) in dance movement psychotherapy to national and international students with relevant maters level qualifications. European students pay the same fees as UK based students. There have been in excess of 7 doctorates in DMP awarded by this University with principal supervisor Professor Helen Payne, the first was in 1997. All these successful candidates have gone on to further their careers in practice, training and education in higher education, or in post-doctoral research in higher education.
If you are interested in applying or to hear more please contract Professor Payne directly on H.L.Payne@herts.ac.uk

Laban Movement Studies

Shanghai, China

February, August, October 2016

For details: LMA



Kestenberg Movement Profile Level I Certification Training

The First Certification Training in the UK, at Edge Hill University!

For more info, please visit:
Or email: a4w@edgehill.ac.uk

Professor Susan Loman, world leading scholar on this system and Professor at Antioch University, USA and

Melanie Johnson, experienced KMP analyst, expressive therapies PhD student at Lesley University, and an outpatient psychotherapist and dance movement therapist in Boston, USA.

• Module 2: 9-12 April 2016
• Module 3: 18-21 June 2016

The arts for wellbeing working group at Edge Hill University is continuing with this year's public lectures and intensive workshops with invitations from internationally renown people such as:

Professor Susan Loman, Antioch University, US
Professor Helen Payne, University of Hertfordshire
Professor Andrew Samuels, University of Essex
Professor Raymond MacDonald, Edinburgh University

Workshops will include engagement in embodiment tools, developmental movement and somatic practice.
Note that all the public lectures are free of charge while the intensive workshops are free for dance movement psychotherapy students.

For further information see:



The Professional Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.

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