Diaspora stories: then & now

july, 2016

26jul8:00 pm10:00 pmDiaspora stories: then & nowSpeakers: Roz Carroll and Jon Blend

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For many of us, our transgenerational roots are shaped by the effects and experience of diaspora. How evocative it is then to witness now the current mass displacement of peoples across continents. The evolution of psychotherapy is in part a response to diaspora. And the conscious and unconscious experience of diaspora may be played out in the consulting room. The aim of this evening will be to feel into the experience of being displaced, becoming a refugee and travelling with uncertainty. This will be an experiential evening organised in the form of an improvised diaspora journey. We will be working with movement, poetry & music. We will end as a group with a short reflection on the process.

Roz Carroll is a Chiron-trained body psychotherapist. She teaches ‘Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy’ on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Minster Centre. She is a regular speaker for Confer and author of numerous articles and chapters, including: ‘The Blood-dimmed Tide: Witnessing war and working with the collective body in Authentic Movement’ in Psychotherapy and Politics International. She and Jon have been exploring the themes of war and intergenerational trauma in a series of workshops. Roz is part of the Irish diaspora.

Jon Blend is a relational gestalt /integrative psychotherapist and Lifemusic practitioner who has worked extensively in social work and psychiatry. He works in private practice and teaches at The Gestalt and Minster Centers and internationally. Jon’s publications include a chapter in Relational Child, Relational Brain (2011, eds. Harris and Lee) and an article on use of music in therapy ‘I Got Rhythm’ (International Gestalt J, 2010 32,2.) He has performed with Playback South Theatre Company, a ‘communitas’ oriented extempore troupe since 2001. Jon is the son of a Viennese Kindertransportee whose solo diaspora journey began at age nine. www.gestaltartstherapy.co.uk


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