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Bridging Spirituality, creativity, and Mental Health for healing

Bridging Spirituality, Creativity, and Mental Health for Healing
7th May 2022, London

 

 

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About the conference

Bridging Spirituality, Creativity, and Mental Health for Healing

In this practical one-day conference, we will discuss the different ways spirituality, creativity, and mental health for healing intersect. Spiritual practices can have a positive impact on mental health. Despite empirical evidence that spirituality can contribute positively on mental health, it remains still challenging to integrate these findings into clinical practice. Our delegates are invited to practise some of the techniques offered at our event.

In the UK, 1 out of 4 people will experience a mental health problem a year and approximately 1 out of 8 adults receive treatment for mental health issues, with medication being the most common option. The impact is that people losing their jobs due to mental health reasons - at a cost not only to themselves but to our whole economy. Many people find that the medication is ineffective or can’t bear the side effects, and turn to spirituality as a complementary or alternative to mainstream treatment.

Alternative therapies range from down-to Earth techniques such as forest bathing and mindfulness practices to more esoteric such as energy work and reiki. The definition of spirituality is quite loose. Yoga comes from a spiritual practice, yet it is practiced as everything from a fitness routine to therapy for stress and trauma. The mindfulness that is practiced in the West is often disconnected from its Eastern and Buddhist roots. Prayer, chanting, and other spiritual practices have long predated the scientific era and are now being studied. Spiritual practices are a foundation in 12 Step support groups, which are still the most common recovery tools for addiction and substance abuse.

During this conference, we will learn, discuss, and consider topics such as spiritual practices in a scientific age, health benefits of dreams, benefits of social prescribing, mental health and spirituality coaching approaches and the benefits of nature in building and retrofitting resilience.

The conference is mental health care practitioners of all kinds (including psychologists, psychiatrists, clinicians, practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists, community mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and primary and behavioural health care professionals, alternative care providers and more), researchers in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, mental health care, and anyone who is interested in the intersection of spirituality, creativity and mental health.

 

Target audience

Health professionals working at all levels in primary, secondary or community mental health services
Psychologists
Psychiatrists
General Practitioners
Counsellors
Complementary Practitioners
Body-workers
Holistic Practitioners
Healers & Coaches
Faith, pastoral, spirituality and carer professionals
Educational Leaders
Researchers
Philosophers
Academics
Scientists
Students
Other professionals from related health and wellness disciplines

 


 
Registration space is limited to 80 delegates. We encourage guests to register asap!!

 

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

20% OFF Early bird registration discount Please note the deadline is: 31.03.2022

Organisationally-funded £165.00
Early bird registration £132.00

Self-funded £145.00
Early bird registration £116.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00
Early bird registration £100.00

 

 

Details

About the conference

Bridging Spirituality, Creativity, and Mental Health for Healing

In this practical one-day conference, we will discuss the different ways spirituality, creativity, and mental health for healing intersect. Spiritual practices can have a positive impact on mental health. Despite empirical evidence that spirituality can contribute positively on mental health, it remains still challenging to integrate these findings into clinical practice. Our delegates are invited to practise some of the techniques offered at our event.

In the UK, 1 out of 4 people will experience a mental health problem a year and approximately 1 out of 8 adults receive treatment for mental health issues, with medication being the most common option. The impact is that people losing their jobs due to mental health reasons - at a cost not only to themselves but to our whole economy. Many people find that the medication is ineffective or can’t bear the side effects, and turn to spirituality as a complementary or alternative to mainstream treatment.

Alternative therapies range from down-to Earth techniques such as forest bathing and mindfulness practices to more esoteric such as energy work and reiki. The definition of spirituality is quite loose. Yoga comes from a spiritual practice, yet it is practiced as everything from a fitness routine to therapy for stress and trauma. The mindfulness that is practiced in the West is often disconnected from its Eastern and Buddhist roots. Prayer, chanting, and other spiritual practices have long predated the scientific era and are now being studied. Spiritual practices are a foundation in 12 Step support groups, which are still the most common recovery tools for addiction and substance abuse.

During this conference, we will learn, discuss, and consider topics such as spiritual practices in a scientific age, health benefits of dreams, benefits of social prescribing, mental health and spirituality coaching approaches and the benefits of nature in building and retrofitting resilience.

The conference is mental health care practitioners of all kinds (including psychologists, psychiatrists, clinicians, practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists, community mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and primary and behavioural health care professionals, alternative care providers and more), researchers in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, mental health care, and anyone who is interested in the intersection of spirituality, creativity and mental health.

 

Target audience

Health professionals working at all levels in primary, secondary or community mental health services
Psychologists
Psychiatrists
General Practitioners
Counsellors
Complementary Practitioners
Body-workers
Holistic Practitioners
Healers & Coaches
Faith, pastoral, spirituality and carer professionals
Educational Leaders
Researchers
Philosophers
Academics
Scientists
Students
Other professionals from related health and wellness disciplines

 


 
Registration space is limited to 80 delegates. We encourage guests to register asap!!

 

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

20% OFF Early bird registration discount Please note the deadline is: 31.03.2022

Organisationally-funded £165.00
Early bird registration £132.00

Self-funded £145.00
Early bird registration £116.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00
Early bird registration £100.00

Programme

 

Programme -subject to change-
09.00 - 09:30
Registration and Coffee

09:30 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks - Alternatives to Talking Therapy
Dr. Audrey Tang

Author, Speaker, Psychological Consultant Northampton, UK

10:00 - 10:30
Putting Spirituality at the heart of health and wellbeing
Isabel Clarke

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

10:30 - 11:00
Conscious Architecture: The benefits of nature in building and retrofitting resilience
John Goldwyn

CMLI Senior Vice President, Director of Planning + Landscape, London WATG - designing destinations

11:00 - 11:15
Morning Coffee, Networking


11:45 - 12:15
Waking up to the Health Benefits of Dreams
Melinda Powell

Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, DRI Author of The Hidden Lives of Dreams & Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of the Soul in Lucid Dreaming DRI at CCPE

12:15 - 12:45
Nurturing my Self-Compassion
Dr Sarah Eagger

Chair of the Janki foundation (a UK based charity that promotes spirituality in healthcare)

12:45 - 13:30
Lunch, Networking

13:30 - 14:00
Wellbeing in the Performing Arts
Dr Sok-ho Trinh

Passionologist | Coach | Scientist | Performer, London, UK

14:00 - 14:30
Social prescribing - the surprising benefits of volunteering on health
Louise Bates

Volunteer and Community Action Manager

14:30 - 15:00
Mental health and spirituality – how working with clients using both understandings can bring about profound change
Donna-Marie Churchman,

Coaching professionals through mental and emotional blocks using psychological, spiritual and energetic understandings
What do we see as spirituality? What do we see as mental health? And what is the bridge between the two?
The self and the Self. How awareness of the Self can support the mental health of the self.
Levels of consciousness – what is known about them and how can they impact mental and emotional wellbeing?
Case studies of working with clients using psychological, spiritual and energetic understandings
Why becoming consciously aware of the Self can help heal the self.

15:00 - 15:15
Afternoon Coffee Break and Networking


15:45 - 16:15
Chinese Calligraphy Enhanced Therapy
Juan Du,

UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist & Mindfulness teacher

16:15 - 17:00
Moving & Being Moved - Trauma-Informed Yoga The intersection of Science, Mental Health & Spirituality
No yoga experience or equipment is necessary for this workshop. Just an interest in integrating the body in therapy. Seated variations given. All welcome
Lorna Evans

Founder of The Mind Movement. UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist & Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher

17:00 - 17:15
Panel Discussion and Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Registration space is limited to 80 delegates. We encourage guests to register asap!!

 

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

20% OFF Early bird registration discount Please note the deadline is: 31.03.2022

Organisationally-funded £165.00
Early bird registration £132.00

Self-funded £145.00
Early bird registration £116.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00
Early bird registration £100.00

Venue

 

VENUE INFO

 

 

The Nave, St Ethelburga's Centre

  • Address: 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG


The Nave is a stunning venue for workshops, talks, away-days, film-showing, concerts, party or music events, and is equipped with a laser projector, sound system & microphones, uplighters, and an upright piano. High ceilings, original arches, a stained glass window and fascinating history provide a wonderful atmosphere.

TUBE STATIONS

Liverpool Street underground station has connections to the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

For further information on London Underground Services https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/tube/

 


 

Registration space is limited to 80 delegates. We encourage guests to register asap!!

 

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

20% OFF Early bird registration discount Please note the deadline is: 31.03.2022

Organisationally-funded £165.00
Early bird registration £132.00

Self-funded £145.00
Early bird registration £116.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00
Early bird registration £100.00

Workshop

Workshop

No yoga experience or equipment is necessary for this workshop. Just an interest in integrating the body in therapy. Seated variations given. All welcome.

Trauma occurs when a choice is taken away from us. As humans, we need choice to self regulate, feel safe, create coping strategies and thrive. Self-regulation is essential for our sense of agency, positive self-esteem and wellbeing. We find equilibrium through the gentle rhythms of eye contact, smiling, crying, talking, laughing, hugging and unconsciously regulating the breath.

The pandemic, driven by a narrative of fear; isolated and silenced the human race. Our community is now working with the tsunami of mental and physical illness across all generations; children, young people, the elderly, caused by the dysregulation of a human race who had a primal need to feel safe.

Memory of trauma is housed and re-enacted in the body. Traditional Psychotherapy approaches trauma resolutions as something that needs to be worked through and understood. However, in this workshop, we will explore how various interventions can create change for trauma survivors.

We will explore the role that

Trauma-Informed Yoga
Vagus Nerve & Autonomic Nervous System
Fascia - Magical Connective Tissue - What it is and why it matters
Is somebody missing? Where did Spirit go?

 

Have as interventions to create state changes, using a framework of neuroscience. The workshop will give you practical tools to integrate the body into your client work both online and in person.

Objectives

Breath is the doorway to your nervous system. Understanding the power of connecting with the breath and the autonomic nervous system
Explore the wandering nerve and how polyvagal theory is relevant to your clinical practice
Demonstrate how rhythms, synchronicity, and movement are critical for normal functioning and their role in healing from trauma
Discuss the role of trauma-informed yoga to heal from trauma
Explore the neuroscience of yoga and understand why it works
Participants will be exposed to the potential role of both traditional and innovative techniques in the future of the field of traumatic stress



Why should people attend this workshop?
1.
The workshop will provide attendees with tools to integrate working with the body, breath and movement into their client work, both online and in person.
2.
Gain practical knowledge for the application of the vagus nerve and Autonomic Nervous System to make sense of reactions to danger, safety and life threat. Plus practical tools to share with clients.
3.
Neuroscience. Understanding the science of working with trauma-informed yoga, breath and movement and why these healing tools are helpful in treating trauma, anxiety, and depression. And why, post-pandemic, the need for such tools is essential.



Aims (Learning Outcomes) – ie What can people expect at the end of the workshop
1.
Understanding the scientific and clinical research findings supporting working with the body, breath & movement. Specifically, benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma, positive mental health and self-care.
2.
New techniques and practical tools to work with non-verbal phenomena in your clinical practice when working with anxiety, depression & trauma - Focus on Trauma-Informed Yoga
3.
A deeper understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System & Poly Vagal Theory and learn breathing and movement techniques to integrate into your clinical practice.
4.
A deeper understanding of body psychotherapy & Trauma theory

 

Registration space is limited to 80 delegates. We encourage guests to register asap!!

 

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

20% OFF Early bird registration discount Please note the deadline is: 31.03.2022

Organisationally-funded £165.00
Early bird registration £132.00

Self-funded £145.00
Early bird registration £116.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00
Early bird registration £100.00

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