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


Saturday 6th February 2021
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£80 – £95


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Venue: ONLINE via simultaneous live stream and on CATCH-UP for 6 days

This workshop will be delivered ONLINE via YouTube. There will be live Q&A opportunities with our speakers Linda Cundy, Dr Nicole Schnackenberg and Jeff Lane throughout the day. Also available LIVE and in-person on the same day (see separate event page to book the live event).

How It Will Work: Delegates will be sent all the details they need to attend this event online via email a few days before the event takes place. It is therefore vital that we have your correct email address. Please make a note of the email address you used to book your ticket as all correspondence will be sent to that email address. Please be aware that btinternet and btopenworld servers regularly reject our emails, often without providing a bounce back message to let us know. We would advise anyone with a btinternet or btopenworld email to provide an alternative email address for the purposes of attending this course.

On the day of the conference you will be able to watch the live event as it happens, as well as having opportunities for your questions and comments to be put to our speakers at the live event. The content will stay online for 6 days after the event so you can carry on viewing. You do not need any special equipment to join this course online, other than an internet connection and a suitable device (computer, laptop, tablet, enabled TV or smartphone) on which you can watch material via YouTube. If you wish to take part in the on-the-day group chat or to put questions to the speakers you will need access to a keyboard (either an actual keyboard or via voice input).

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates within 10 days of the date of the conference.

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm (approximately, eventual timings may differ slightly).

Course Fee:

£95 (standard ticket price before 11am on Thursday 4th February when bookings close – pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold).

£80 (discounted ticket – pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income because of CoVid19, or you are a student counsellor/psychotherapist, or you are a newly qualified therapist (2019 or later graduation). Proof of student/graduate status will be required. Limited ticket numbers until 16th January only.

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!

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 aging 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.


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ONLINE: Body Image Conference - Standard
£ 95.00
ONLINE: Body Image Conference - Discounted
£ 80.00