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LIVE: Body Image Conference: Skin, Identity, and the Gaze in Psychotherapy


Saturday 6th February 2021
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£110 – £125


City Coast Centre
City Coast Centre, North St
Portslade, BN41 1DG United Kingdom
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Venue: The Auditorium, City Coast Centre, North Street, Portslade (Brighton & Hove), BN41 1DG

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm (Registration at 9.45am)

Course Fee: early bird £110 (before 16th January 2021; £125 thereafter). CPD certificate provided.

Payment: Payment is via Paypal or bank transfer only. We are NOT accepting payment by cheque at this time. Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. ALL BANK TRANSFER PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BY 11AM ON THURSDAY 4th FEBRUARY IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR PLACE!

This workshop will take place LIVE with our speakers Linda Cundy, Dr Nicole Schnackenberg and Jeff Lane on Saturday 6th February. Also available ONLINE via simultaneous live stream (see separate event page to book the online event).

COVID COMPLIANCE – Please be aware that the following may change according to Government legislation and guidance: In light of CoVid19 legislation we are restricting workshop numbers to a maximum of 20 (at the time of writing) and will be holding the workshop in an over-sized space to allow for physical distancing. Under current Government legislation and guidance this is a permitted educational event, as long as delegates do not attend or gather in groups of more than 6. As most delegates attend individually this will be unlikely. If you wish to attend you will be required to wear a face mask, visor or covering throughout the day, and will be required to maintain a physical distance from others of 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (mask, being outside, etc). Despite these restrictions we believe this will be a great opportunity to experience small group teaching with a line-up of amazing speakers. Before booking your ticket please read our Terms and Conditions for this event. Booking a ticket will be deemed acceptance of these T&Cs.

Body Image Conference: Skin, Identity, and the Gaze in Psychotherapy

We live in the same body all our lives, yet over time our bodies change, through the growing up and ageing process, through the impact of ill-health or mishap, sometimes deliberately and by design. Our relationship with our bodies, our skin, our appearance, can be complex and challenging. In this one-day conference our three expert speakers will consider the many ways we experience the skin we live in, how shame of our bodies influences our sense of self and identity, how men experience their bodies and the meaning of ‘the gaze’.  

Session One 

Linda Cundy – “Attachment, Bodies and Skin”

Early relationships embody us, and skin defines what is inside – “me” – from what is outside – “others.” Skin contains our inner states, protects us from intrusion, and is the sensual interface between two bodies. This talk will explore the ways we experience skin, adorn it, attack it; but also, how our skin can “attack” us through eczema, psoriasis, acne, odour, and aging. What are the implications for relationships with other people and with ourselves?

Session Two 

Dr Nicole Schnackenberg – “Shame, Identity and the Embodied True Self”

We all have a body, and we all have a relationship with that body. Our sense of self, including any embodied shame, impacts on this relationship; both on the felt physicality of the body and the perception of how it looks.

In this workshop we will consider how and why shame impacts on human identity and can come to be pinned onto the physical appearance; and the distress this can cause. We will explore the developmental and neurobiological underpinnings of shame and identity formation and consider how mindfulness-based practices can support the journey through experiences of appearance-focused distress.

Session Three 

Jeff Lane: “Are you looking at me”?

In this session will explore how men see themselves and other men, how they get a sense of their identity as men and how this might play out in therapy with both men, women, and couples. He will explore how men and women are portrayed in the media, art, comedy, music, and advertising and will talk about the concepts of the male and female gaze.

Followed by Panel Q&A with all 3 speakers.


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Reserve List

Bookings will close when this course is fully booked. You can add you name to the Reserve List by sending an email to info@brightontherapypartnership.org.uk . You will then be notified if a place becomes available for you.


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LIVE: Body Image Conference - Early Bird
£ 110.00