Keeping in Touch: an interprofessional conference considering the use of touch in therapy

  • Fri 14 Jun 19

    09:00 - 16:45

  • Colchester Campus

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To ‘keep in touch’ can literally mean to hold or guide someone and it can mean keeping in touch with inner processes so that unconscious communication can be felt and, when possible, put into words. Health care professional are often cautioned about the use of ‘touch’ with their clients, yet touch can be experienced as part of the healing process. In health and social care environments therapists consider that staying in touch with the clients’ emotional experience is a cornerstone of their therapeutic work. In the increasingly rushed and pressurised environments of health and social care delivery is ‘keeping in touch’, working with body and mind, becoming more difficult?

The aim of the event is to consider ‘touch’ from different professional and theoretical points of view; to deepen an understanding of ‘keeping in touch’; and develop skills relevant to effective and compassionate care in today’s modern health and social context. With presentations from international and interdisciplinary academic scholars alongside workshops that can develop skills of keeping and/or staying in touch, this CPD event at Essex is open to health and social care professionals, clinical therapists, academics, postgraduate students and educators.

Highlights include talks and workshops with:

  • Carolina Gibertoni (University of Milan)
  • Julie Cunningham (University of Milan)
  • Joan Healey (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Vikki-Jo Scott (Dean of Health and Social Care at Essex)
  • Caroline Barratt (University of Essex)
  • Penny Hodgkinson (University of Essex)

Following the event CPD certificates of attendance will be available, including an online reflection tool to assist participants in identifying their key learning for current or future professional roles.


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Keeping in Touch: an interprofessional conference considering the use of touch in therapy

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