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South Africa as the Cradle of Gestalt Therapy – 70 years on From Ego, Hunger and Aggression to Professional Competencies of a Gestalt Therapist

South Africa as the Cradle of Gestalt Therapy – 70 years on From Ego, Hunger and Aggression to Professional Competencies of a Gestalt Therapist

With this presentation we want to highlight Gestalt therapists’ views on these specific competencies and how Gestalt therapy can contribute to the further advancement of these specific competences across different modalities. In this symposium we are not only aiming to present these Gestalt specific findings to a wider audience of psychotherapists but to encourage dialogue, contact and a wider discussion amongst colleagues of all kind of modalities.

For interested colleagues further reading material can be accessed on the EAGT website: http://www.eagt.org/

Speakers: Beatrix Wimmer
Areas of Interest / Categories: WCP 2014

WCP 2014

It cools the heart - An Investigation on the Psychotherapeutic Effects of Playing the Nkangala

Nkangala is the Chichewa word for mouth-bough or musical bow. This instrument is played by women in Malawi, south-east Africa. During a field research trip in July 2013, Christine Korischek, was able to get some basic instructions on how to play the Nkangala with two women, Cecilia and Elena Gatchepa, in southern Malawi. The personal experience of playing this instrument and the information given by her two teachers are the source of this attempt at exploring the psychotherapeutic effects that are operant when playing the musical bow. In the first part of the talk the Nkangala will be introduced. Brief information on the history of the mouth bow in southern Malawi, as well as how it is made and played will be given. The main part of the talk includes descriptions of experiences when playing the Nkangala and an attempt at investigating on the psychotherapeutic effects. Since the sound projected out is low, the mouth bow is usually played in solitude and not for a large audience.

The Epigenetics and Neurochemical Etiology of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are often misunderstood and rarely examined from a scientific viewpoint. This presentation explains the neurochemical, genetic and environmental etiology of eating disorders and the treatment implications. Participants will learn assessment tools, have a more complete understanding of these disorders and have proven methods to help their patients. There are neurochemical changes that occur in patients with eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa have different chemicals that promote the respective disorders. Studies are now showing that binge eating can alter brain functioning and promote addiction-like properties in response to some foods. 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy- Impact on Depressed Outpatients of State Hospital Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

This study investigates the impact of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - Impact on Depressed Outpatients of State Hospital Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The sample comprised of 32 men and women 18 years and above. The instrument used for screening was Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSS) while Beck Depression Inventory -II (BDI-II) was used for data collection. The research design adopted for this study was Pre­ Post Experimental Design. Four research hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 level of significance. Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) was the statistical tool employed for processing the data collected.

The use of clinging, distancing, and focusing on the object as defences in the Borderline disorder of self - a Mastersonian approach

Presenting Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – Treating Complex Developmental Trauma in Johannesburg’s Specialist Adult Psychotherapy Unit

Internationally, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is a well-established treatment modality for Borderline Personality Disorder and other affect deregulated disorders. However, it is very labour intensive, and is a huge demand on resources. Ward 4&5, the specialist psychotherapy unit at Tara hospital in Johannesburg offers a DBT based in-patient programme for patients who struggle with various personality disorders as well as mood and anxiety disorders.

From the Therapeutic Session to the Page: engaging the reader in Biblio-Therapy

There is no doubt that in the privacy of the therapeutic space we are confident in helping a person engage in the process of therapy. In the spoken language, words are fused together with gesture, facial expression, tone and posture. One has at hand various tools that can enable the therapeutic process, such as paints, toys, sand boxes, plasticine, paper and pens. There is a very real interaction between two people; an ability to be flexible and responsive to individual nuances as they arise. Reaching to someone beyond the therapeutic space using the written word challenges one to find other ways of engaging.

Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for HIV Patients

Literature shows that HIV infection is often related to mental distress also because psychological features, symptomatic or not, become clearly manifested, after diagnosis and beginning of HAART. In a previous work we evaluated that psychological approaches are important but they give only support, enhancing the relationships of patients. In many cases these relationships are dysfunctional too. A brief psychodynamic psychotherapy focused on supporting the psychological distress of patients but also on emerging unconscious valid elements as an important skill for self-maturation and independence.