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Conference: Touch in Counselling and Spiritual Care

Touching hands

The School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality

of the Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University,

in collaboration with

The Society for Pastoral Counselling Research and

The Northeast Region of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care


Touch in Counselling and Spiritual Care

 May 22-23-24, 2014

 Saint Paul University


 Pre-Conference Workshop (2 days) with Dr. Stan Tatkin

Introduction to the Psycho-biological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

Author of Love and War in Intimate Relationships and Wired for Love

Thursday, May 22 – Friday, May 23  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop fee $150.00 ($80 for students)

PACT introductory workshop gives an overview of the principles of the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy. Clinicians will be introduced to the three domains of PACT: Attachment Theory, Arousal Regulation, and Neurobiological Development through lecture, experiential, and videos. Dr. Tatkin also focuses on therapeutic enactment, as well as the therapeutic frame and stance necessary to apply PACT in clinical practice. This approach illuminates how and why adult primary relationships succeed and why they fail. More info...

The pre-conference workshop is intended for marriage and family therapists, professional counsellors, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Register for the pre-conferece workshop today!


Society for Pastoral Counselling Research Annual Conference

Touch in Counselling and Spiritual Care

Friday May 23 – Saturday May 24

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stan Tatkin 

This conference explores the subject of touch as expressed in the helping relationship encounter. What is touch and how can it be a part of the practice of counselling, spiritual care, teaching, and other professions? In fact, touch has always been part of the helping relationship practitioner’s toolbox, for better or for worse, but there are too few writings that outline the theory of touch and how it can be brought into the practice. More often than not, the writings on touch have been about its prohibition. This conference seeks to treat critically and comprehensively the area of human touch: its psychology, physiology, emotional meanings, and concrete and symbolic significance in relationships. It wants to expand what is positive and possible in terms of touch in the helping relationships.

Call for papers and posters: click here

Dr. Stan Tatkin biography: click here

Conference fee: $80 ($40 for students)

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For more information: contact Dr. Martin Rovers mrovers@ustpaul.ca

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