WHAT DO WE MEAN BY RELATIONAL?  A Relational Study Day with Michael Soth

10.00pm – 4.30pm on Sunday 17th September at Stillpoint Spaces: 23 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AA

Michael is a TRS member and has drawn from Martha Stark’s seminal 1999 book ‘Modes of Therapeutic Action’, Lavinia Gomez’s work on object relations and the tension between humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions as well as Petruska Clarkson’s 5 modalities of therapeutic relating to develop a broad-spectrum integration of therapeutic traditions as part of the relational project. For this study day Michael will present and explore with us his particular journey since his own experience of a ‘relational turn’ in the mid-1990’s. Further details of the event and how to book are available here

2017-18 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 What is it that contributes to transformation relationally?

We will be exploring the pragmatics and the mystery of personal, social and political transformation through a series of dialogues via a range of sources: film, papers, presentations and discussion. There will be an opportunity for us to explore these themes in the context of relational transformation in and outside of the clinical setting. We have planned dates ahead so that you have plenty of notice and can put them in your diary.  Further details are available here

SUNDAY OCTOBER 1st 2017 2 – 5.30pm.

To start us off in October we will be watching I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck’s 2017 documentary that explores the legacy of James Baldwin. We will be exploring how his ideas are relevant to current times in our thought and clinical practice. There will also be a presentation of a paper on white fragility within the therapist as a frame in which we can explore transformation with regard to notions of race and racism. (White fragility being the term that Robin DiAngelo uses to describe “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves”).

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3rd 2017 2 – 5.30pm.
Dec 3rd: A screening of Hidden Figures (Dir. Theodore Melfi 2016) – intersectionality – where race and gender come into play in the story of a team of African-American women who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program as mathematicians.
Sally Berry and Sue Cowen Jenssen from TRS exec will be discussing the film and its resonance before opening up the discussion.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11TH 2018 2 – 5.30pm.
Personal Transformations – further details to follow.

SUNDAY APRIL 29TH 2018 2 – 5.30pm.
There will be a screening followed by reflections and discussion of the documentary Disturbing the Peace, a film by Reconsider (2016) which addresses directly the theme of transformation and the costs of choosing change over belonging.

“Disturbing the peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. Disturbing the peace follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” the film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of combatants for peace”. (http://disturbingthepeacefilm.com/about/).

The AGM will follow this event – 5-5.30pm.

SUNDAY JULY 1st 2018 2 – 5.30pm. Details to follow.

OFFERINGS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP:
Some TRS members have offered other events which we will be in touch with you about shortly as we schedule them. Do feel free to approach us with your ideas of something you would like to offer alone or in collaboration with others. (rjdownes@mac.com)