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Iron Mill College Conference, Saturday 8th July 2017

Connecting through Creativity: Facilitating relationship, healing and wellbeing in the therapeutic and helping professions

  • A 1 day conference at Iron Mill College, Exeter, for anyone working and training in helping professions.
  • Includes fascinating lectures with Dr Margot Sunderland (Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London) and Karen Huckvale (Co-Director of independent Arts & Health training provider, Insider Art), lively workshops / seminars and valuable networking opportunities, such as at our cheese and wine reception and exhibition. A light buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided, as well as a certificate for 8 hours of CPD for attendees. 
  • Particularly beneficial to all those offering, or training in, therapeutic work and who are seeking an inspirational experience to refresh and update their practice and skills.

Course Details

"Creativity has always been the essence of the human race, and has emerged as a way of expressing ourselves, interacting with our environment, decorating ourselves, communicating with each other, attracting one another, communicating with spirits, visualisations, imagery, drama, poetry, explaining the cycles of life and death, exploring ideas, passing on history, storytelling, marking events, accessing our unconscious and the collective unconscious, art, music, dance, sculpture, architecture, healing, learning, celebrating... and more!" - Rose Bedford, Principal, Iron Mill College.

  • In the helping professions, creative approaches offer innovative ways of forming meaningful and transformational relationships with clients, and a way of expressing and processing the feelings and experiences that can be beyond words, or beyond the ‘standard’ ways of working.
  • There are many ways of working creatively, from use of metaphor and writing therapy, to art, storytelling, music, outdoor therapies and animal assisted therapies; however creative work is also about being able to be spontaneous in creating a new connection with each client that is responsive to their needs in the moment, and therefore can be understood as a ‘way of being’ as well as a ‘way of working’.
  • Engaging in creativity is also enjoyable and potent for personal self-care of practitioners within the therapeutic and helping professions. The day will be lively, experiential and inspirational, with plenty of time for relaxation, meeting and greeting.

Our conference is open to anyone who is interested in the subject matter. It will be of particular relevance to those offering therapeutic work, such as counsellors and psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists and supervisors, and also those working or training within related helping professions such as education, mental health and learning disability services, CAMHS practitioners, health and social care professionals, social services and family centres and others.

How to apply:

Simply sign up using the booking form on this webpage - supplying the requested details and paying the applicable fee (please see the 'Fees' tab for further information and details of other ways to pay)You will need to pay the full relevant conference fee in order to reserve a place at the conference. There are limited places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to the conference, attendees will be invited to book onto the optional afternoon seminars / workshops (see 'Programme' tab for details) with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, as some workshops / seminars have limited spaces available. Attendees who have not booked onto optional afternoon seminars / workshops in advance of the conference will be invited to do so at registration on the morning of the conference (subject to remaining availability of places).


What our Students Say

"The balance of the skills and theory taught and what other students bring to the group provides a rich learning environment, which is great for all types of students!"
Antoinette Buisman - Advanced Transactional Analysis Student

What our Students Say

“A terrific learning experience and very enjoyable. You don't need to be an academic, plenty of hands-on practice.”
Ruth Cutts - Certificate & Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate
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