Counseling and Psychology Conference

"Ties that Heal"

Webster University Geneva’s Counseling and Psychology department convened top international scholars and practitioners to explore the current state of existential, interpersonal, and neurobiological pathways to healing.

We broached the following themes:

Wednesday, 2nd of October - Caring for Ourselves
Thursday, 3rd of October - Existential Approaches
Friday, 4th of October - Interpersonal Neurobiological Approaches

Download the PowerPoint presentations from the Conference 
Description of the workshops
Opening evening program - Wednesday at Webster University Geneva
Conference Program - Thursday & Friday at the CICG
Speakers' Biographies

For Wednesday, October 2: How to reach Webster University Geneva
For Thursday 3 & Friday 4 October: How to reach the Conference Center - CICG

October 3rd Keynote Address:
Existential Therapy: Exploring the Challenges of the Human Condition

Emmy van Deurzen, PhD, is a philosopher, existential psychotherapist and counselling psychologist. She has published several books, including Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (2009) and Everyday Mysteries (2010), and has lectured worldwide in more than thirty countries. Dr van Deurzen established existential therapy in the United Kingdom and Europe by founding the Society for Existential Analysis. She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. She is currently visiting Professor of Psychotherapy with Middlesex University.

October 3rd Keynote Address:
Post-Conflict Healing: A Community Resilience Perspective

Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. He regularly advises United Nation agencies, governments, and donors on issues of child protection and psychosocial support, including in communities and schools. Throughout Africa and Asia he helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programs that assist people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters. He has conducted extensive research on the holistic impacts of war and political violence on children. He is the author of Child soldiers: From violence to protection (2006).

October 4th Keynote Address:
The Way Forward: Embracing insights from neurobiology in clinical practice.

Margaret Wilkinson is a Jungian analyst. She leads neuroscience research reading and clinical seminars for The Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Leeds and in Cambridge, and at The Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of numerous papers and two books, Coming into mind. The mind-brain relationship: a Jungian clinical perspective (2006), and Changing Minds in Therapy (2010).

October 4th Keynote Address:
The Love Connection: Changing your brain, healing your heart

Amy Banks, M.D., is Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College in the USA. A renowned published author on integrating emerging neuroscience information with relational-cultural theory, Dr Banks has spoken throughout the United States on “The Neurobiology of Relationship.” She has an ongoing passion to spread the message that we are “hard-wired for connection”.

02 Oct - 04 Oct