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Creativity And Embodiment... Keynote: Professor Frank Röhricht At Attachment & Arts Conference (2020)⁠

05 August 2020

Keynote: Professor Frank Röhricht presenting "Creativity and embodiment in experiential and relational body-psychotherapy" at the 2020 Attachment & the Arts conference on 14th November...⁠


Following the “decade of the brain” and a predominant paradigm of cognitive therapies, the last 10 years witnessed a radical shift of the theoretical underpinning and corresponding clinical practice in psychological therapies towards a notion of the “embodied and extended mind”. This was in part a result of emerging findings from affective neuroscience, emphasising the importance of feeling states and the closely intertwined nature of e-motions and movement behaviour. Other significant impulses that contributed to a paradigm shift include the revision of the ‘bio-psycho-social’ model from a perspective of embodied cognition (psychology) and enactivism (philosophy), both emphasising the relational nature of experience. Here arts therapies bring different levels of physicality, but also scope for imagination and representation of embodied and extended mind.

Body psychotherapy (also referred to with an overarching umbrella term of “Body Oriented Psychological Therapy” /BOPT to include Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Psychomotricity) developed accordingly from a predominantly psychoanalytically informed (neo-Reichian) approach into a modern, relational and experiential set of psychotherapeutic interventions. Within NHS settings in the UK and particularly for the treatment of severe mental illness, BOPT and creative arts therapies share some common intervention strategies. 

Professor Dr. med. Frank Röhricht, MD FRCPsych

Frank Röhricht is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Body psychotherapist working in the NHS, with 30 years of experience working with patients suffering from severe mental illness; he is Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine,
Queen Mary University London; and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, St. George's Medical School, Nicosia University / Cyprus. Medical Director for Research, Innovation and Medical Education East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Frank completed his training in Body Psychotherapy from 1984-1987; he studied Medicine from 1984 - 1989 in Germany (state examination 1989) and completed his Specialist training in psychiatry, neurology and psychosomatic medicine in Germany / Berlin from 1990 to 1997; MD
on the subject of body image psychopathology in schizophrenia. Since 1997 working as consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, UK / London.

Frank is Member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapy / EABP; since 2005 until today patron of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK; he is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.

Research focus: body image phenomenology / embodiment and evaluation of new psychotherapy interventions (especially body psychotherapy) for severe mental illnesses; other research: creativity and art therapies; Transcultural psychopathology; Community psychiatry
care models.

Frank developed the first international master programme for body psychotherapy and is CoDirector Master Program “Clinical Psychology with Body Psychotherapy Certificate” in Istanbul,
Maltepe University (from autumn 2019). 

The 2020 Attachment & the Arts conference will be held on Friday 14th November
 online as a zoom event. A film of the conference will also be accessible afterwards (A fee will also be charged for accessing the conference film as as BAAT relies on proceedings from this event to continue to provide its services to members).   

For more information and conference booking please click here

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You can also follow the conference live on 14th November 2020 on Twitter using #AttachmentArts