BAATN Autumn Seminars

Therapeutic Practice That Speaks Across Cultures

3 weekday seminars in November 2018, 6:30 pm, 5 Mins from London Bridge.

Each seminar will be presented by an expert in their field followed by discussion and questions with plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded individuals.

These Seminars are open to Everyone


Wed, 07th November 2018Stories of Healing and Reconciliation using the Systemic Constellations Method – Sonya Welch-Moring and Tanja Meyburgh

Thur, 22nd November 2018 – The Philosophy of Alienation: Working Radically and Relationally – Karen Minikin

Mon, 26th November 2018 (This event unfortunately has been cancelled) – Survival or therapy? Sexual and Gender based violence in conflict and post conflict regions –  Gurcharan Virdee

Cost: Individuals £20, BAATN Members £15, Student £15, BAATN Student member £10 – email ?? for 20% discount for booking allseminars.

Venue: The Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH
Times: 6:30 – Doors open (tea coffee and networking) 7:15 – Presentation by main speaker 8:00 – Break 8:15 – Discussion and questions 9:00 – Drinks and networking

Who should attend these seminars? Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, holistic therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and individuals involved in the mental health field or caring professions. Also anyone who is interested in self-exploration to help them with work and personal relationships. 

Sonya Welch-Moring and Tanja Meyburgh

Sonya Welch-Moring and Tanja Meyburgh

Stories of Healing and Reconciliation using the Systemic Constellations Method

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Sonya is a systemic constellations facilitator and coach based in London, UK. Tanja is a systemic constellations facilitator and trainer based in Cape Town, South Africa. This seminar is about constellations work from the perspective of working together as a Caribbean woman of African heritage and South African woman of European heritage.

Constellations is a transgenerational approach to family and community life which has an integrated European/African philosophy, that speaks to multiple identities and conversations on difference.  Sonya and Tanja will get curious about how this embodied visual mapping process can support healing and reconciliation. There will be demos of the method using issues drawn from the group in the emerging process.

The hope is that the evening will be inclusive and is open to all.  It will be an opportunity to come together as therapists and mental health professionals and delve into how to find non-blaming and non-shaming ways to heal together across our differences.

Sonya Welch-Moring

Sonya was born in London, UK and raised by South American Caribbean parents.  She has expensive experience as a trainer and coach, developing professionals in the social and healthcare field and is a qualified mental health nurse.

Sonya began systemic constellations training in 2011 and is currently developing a systemic constellations practice, offering workshops and coaching with a focus on social justice, family and community issues.  She is researching into how constellations can be used as a healing process to support the resolution of trauma that is passed down the generations in African and Caribbean Diaspora communities. 

Tanja Meyburgh

Tanja Meyburgh is a highly trained and experienced counselling psychologist and is one of the founders of Systems Constellations training in South Africa, she has immersed herself and specialised in this field since 2003. 

Tanja’s personal and professional journey in therapy has evolved her interest in process-oriented art, narrative and story-telling, wilderness experience and learning about lineage wisdom based in Southern African traditions. Tanja’s is the current chairperson of the Systems Constellations Association of South Africa and is particularly interested in embodied practice and soul work with the people that seek her assistance and is committed to practising with integrity and authenticity.

Karen Minikin

Karen Minikin

The Philosophy of Alienation: Working Radically and Relationally

Thursday, 22 November 2018

The radical psychiatry movement of the 1960s and 1970s challenged the medical model of psychotherapy, positioning alienation as the root cause of all mental and social distress. Both cause and solution was seen as residing in social relationships. Currently we are seeing a rise in a validation of political tyranny in many quarters of the globe. This has inspired political engagement because of polarizing positions. In society this encourages passion for values, as well as hatred and intolerance of otherness. I propose that intolerance feeds defenses such as projection and splitting and I explore these in relation to the philosophy of alienation. In search of a contemporary perspective, I offer a goal of social, political and psychological pluralism.

Karen Minikin BA (Hons) Counselling MSc (Psychotherapy) Dip in Supervision

Hellingly, East Sussex, UK

Karen Minikin is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst with a clinical and supervision practice in East Sussex, UK. She teaches counselling and psychotherapy at a number of training institutes within the UK and has presented workshops at national and international conferences. She is interested in the conscious and unconscious dynamics of power, politics and relational dynamics in counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and teaching. Previously, she edited the race and culture column for the BACP journal (the “CPJ”) and she has contributed articles to journals and chapters in books, which have drawn from radical psychiatry, particularly the political and psychodynamic implications of alienation.

Gurcharan Virdee

Gurcharan Virdee

Survival or therapy? Sexual and Gender based violence in conflict and post conflict regions

Monday, 26 November 2018

Working in countries of conflicts is a daily struggle related to security to negotiate and coordinate access to affected communities, displaced populations on the move and vulnerable groups of women and girls. Additional challenges to providing therapeutic interventions are due to language, illiteracy, no or weak infrastructures (i.e. health), limited resources, rapidly changing situation on the ground, restrictions on women and girls movements, and the capacity to train national staff. Models of therapy such as one-stop referrals centres, mental health and crisis interventions imported from the West are difficult to indigenize, thus implement programmes at national and local levels. Yet the West continues to fund and support such models, spending millions of dollars, and at worst, placing women and girls at further risk including reputational risks of stigma and shame. Exploring Afghanistan and Somalia as case studies, whilst the contexts are different there are similarities on interventions to support the healing of women and girls who have experienced sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during humanitarian crisis and post conflict. Asking women and girls what kind of support they wanted to heal from SGBV – their response was not what the humanitarian international community predicted. This seminar will reflect and explore therapeutic and experimental approaches to therapy and healing for women and girls on SGBV that demonstrates sustainable impact. What are the opportunities for therapeutic practitioners in the UK to learn from the lived realities and coping strategies of women and girls living in countries of conflict?

Gurcharan Virdee: BA (Hons), CQSW, MA (Anthropology – South Asia) Senior Gender, SGBV, Child Protection and Good Governance Expert

Gurcharan was a founder member of Southall Black Sisters in 1979. She worked as a child protection co-ordinator in London and as a senior lecturer at the University of East London teaching the professional Diploma and MA on social work and undergraduate degree on Social Anthropology of South Asia. For the last twenty years, Gurcharan has had an international career working for different UN agencies, donors, INGO/NGOs and national governments as a senior gender and social development specialist. My experiences spans gender equality and gender mainstreaming, SGBV, human rights, the rule of law (both formal and informal) and child protection in transitional, conflict and fragile regions. My country experiences include Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Russian Federation, Central Asia, the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, Jordon, Somalia, Kenya and Mongolia. My published work is based on my experiences and research with different international organisations i.e. the Swiss Development Co-operation. I am currently undertaking ethnographic research on Gender and Policing in Punjab, India. I am writing two books: one based on my experiences in Afghanistan focusing on Violence Against Women and Girls and the second book is on my family history exploring themes on migration to East Africa and later the UK, identity politics, gender and being the ‘other’ in one’s own family and community.

Wed, 07 November 2018Stories of Healing and Reconciliation using the Systemic Constellations Method – Sonya Welch-Moring and Tanja Meyburgh

Thur, 22 November 2018 – The Philosophy of Alienation: Working Radically and Relationally –  Karen Minikin

Mon, 26 November 2018 (This event unfortunately has been cancelled) – Survival or therapy? Sexual and Gender based violence in conflict and post conflict regions – Gurcharan Virdee

6:30 PM till 9:30 PM

Individuals £20, BAATN Members £15, Student £15, BAATN Student member £10 [email ?? for 20% discount for all 3 seminars.


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