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Expert Seminars Series

Forthcoming seminars:

 

'Cancer and the Inner Child' Speaker: Angus Landman
Sat 29 April 2006 Book Now

Many of us believe that we are �good� people, but have we ever wondered what happened to the �bad� part of our character? Despite our outward �good� appearance - the �bad� is often what we feel about ourselves.

This workshop will address the question of how important it might be for the healing process (given our awareness of the relationship between mind and body) to allow space for the �bad� to be expressed rather than repressed. In this experiential workshop we will look at the patterns of behaviour adopted by us in childhood and consider just how much of our lives are run by these historical patterns, �history repeating itself�. We will consider how adopting these patterns may have been necessary in order to �survive� our childhood but as adults, these learned patterns may not benefit us. Most importantly we will look at developing a personal practice of �Minding the Gap� - the �gap� between recognising the learned patterns which dictate our reactions and the possibility of choosing a different response.

Who should attend? Student counsellors, practising counsellors, psychotherapists, cancer nurse specialists, healthcare professionals, complementary therapists

About the expert: Angus Landman has a private practice in Bath, and began his career in the business world. His travels to India and South East Asia led to an interest in psychology and the various mystical traditions which have given rise to the theories of psychosynthesis and integral vision. Angus trained in psychosynthesis psychotherapy at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London, where he was awarded an MA in 1999. Alongside his private practice he works at Bristol Cancer Help Centre and presents workshops and lectures around the country.

How will I benefit?
- Gain an awareness of the role our childhood (our patterns) play in how we perceive the world, ourselves, and within this context, our ill-health

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Seminar details:
Date: Saturday 29th April 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6AL1
If you have any queries please contact us:
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'The Role of Music Therapy in Cancer Care' Speaker: Sarah Burns
Tues 2 May 2006 Book Now

We will explore the historical role of music as 'therapy' from preliterate societies through to the early 20th century. We will discuss the theoretical backgrounds that inform music therapy and the various therapy techniques. We will also look at their application and current research within the field of cancer care.
We will then experience for ourselves how music therapy works by participating in an experiential workshop.
This workshop will focus on self-awareness and self-healing and will use the music therapy techniques of listening to music for imagery and improvisation - the playing together of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.

Who should attend? All those who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of music therapy in cancer care including: nurses, healthcare professionals, complementary therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors.

About the expert: Sarah Burns, a professional musician and music teacher with personal experience of cancer, completed her music therapy training at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her work with cancer patients and her interest in research led Sarah to Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1998 where she conducted music therapy research. Sarah is currently in the UK conducting seminars and music therapy experiential workshops whilst writing up her PhD music therapy research with women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

How will I benefit?
- Increase your knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic power of music
- Experience two very different types of music therapy techniques

Best of all, you don't need to be musical in order to reap the benefits of music therapy - so be prepared to experience some fun and laughter along the way during this interesting and creative day!

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Seminar details:
Date: Tuesday 2nd May 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6SB1
If you have any queries please contact us:
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'Spirituality within Cancer Care' Speaker: Jane Warman
Sat 13th May 2006 Book Now

All of us live with the illusion of certainty. A cancer diagnosis cuts across this illusion and brings feelings and fears of the unknown to the fore. It touches our own feelings and this affects our ability to connect with others. A sense of presence can be profoundly healing to another - but how can we confront our own feelings and stay present? How can we go alongside those faced by serious life-threatening illness and be a companion on their journey? We talk of spirit and spirituality � yet what do we mean by this? Is there a difference between soul and spirit? How may a deep sense of spirit and the creating of a sacred space allow
connection with self, others and beyond? This workshop will offer a creative space to reflect on these
issues - to share with others and to explore ways of going alongside those who are living with and who may be facing death from cancer.

Who should attend? Senior student counsellors, psychotherapists, other practitioners in health and complementary health care

About the expert: Jane Warman is a transpersonal psychotherapist and has worked as a trainer, supervisor and therapist for 25 years both in the UK and abroad. She has worked in the field of life-threatening illness since the early 1980�s, coordinating a bereavement counselling service in Brixton, and working for organisations such as Macmillan and The Terence Higgins Trust. She researched training and support needs in the Voluntary Hospice Movement which led to the co-authoring of �Bereavement and Loss: A skills companion� ( NEC 1990). She was also responsible for training the volunteer counsellors at BACUP. Since training as an Interfaith Minister, Jane creates ceremonies for life transitions and is a member of the Ridhwan School - a meditative  and spiritual path. She has been involved with Bristol Cancer Help Centre for many years and is a facilitator on the residential programmes.

How will I benefit?
- Explore your own thoughts and feelings concerning spiritual care and the spiritual aspects to your work
- Explore ways of connecting with those who are living with cancer and with those who may be facing death

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Seminar details:
Date: Saturday 13th May 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6JW1
If you have any queries please contact us:
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'Homeopathy: Holistic Approach to Health and Wellbeing Expert' Speaker: Dr Moira Hamilton
Sat 16th Sept 2006 Book Now

The seminar will include an introduction to homeopathy, its history, research evidence, theory of how it works, and case studies to illustrate the benefits and balancing effects of the remedies. We will look at both �first aid�, useful in the home, as well as the individualised �constitutional� approach and explore
other therapeutic strategies used in the homeopathic consultation.

Who should attend? Nurses, other healthcare professionals, complementary therapists

About the expert: Moira Hamilton is a general practitioner who has been a partner in two practices in Bristol for 18 years. Her interest in homeopathy began as a medical student but it was in 1999 that she began the rigorous training in medical homeopathy leading to the postgraduate membership exam in 2004. She has used
homeopathy both in general practice and privately. In 2005 Moira took part in a successful national pilot study over six months evaluating the outcomes of homeopathic remedies used in general practice. She is passionate about the benefits that a homeopathic consultation and remedy can bring. Moira also uses
acupuncture in her practice. She is now part of Bristol Cancer Help Centre's therapy team.

How will I benefit?
- Explore concepts in homeopathy, and look at its appropriate use in the healing consultation
- Explore the plant kingdom and some of the most useful remedies, particularly for women�s health.

Prepare to learn some botany! For those whose appetite is stimulated we will discuss training for both medical and non-medical participants.

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Seminar details:
Date: Saturday 16th September 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6MH1
If you have any queries please contact us:
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'Psychological Aspects of Cancer Care' Expert Speaker: Marianne Fitzgerald-Klein PhD
Sat 30 Sept 2006 Book Now

This lecture will focus on the many different facets of the psychology of cancer care and will explore psychological challenges and opportunities for the person living with cancer
and their therapists. We will examine the idea that a certain personality type might predispose to cancer and discuss if and how these insights might be used in the treatment and prevention of cancer.
We will focus on psychological interventions like transpersonal psychotherapy and work with post-traumatic-stress. We will also explore the role of the therapist in the process. Music, poetry and story will underscore the teaching, discussions and casework.

Who should attend?Psychotherapists, counsellors, complementary therapists, healthcare professionals

About the expert:Dr. Marianne Fitzgerald-Klein has over 25 years of experience in working with people that are affected by chronic or severe illness. She has worked as a transpersonal psychotherapist, classical homeopath, healer and retreat guide. She brings a wide perspective and deep understanding of illness and its effect on the human body, psyche and soul. She has lectured internationally on complementary medicine and has led training courses worldwide, as well as facilitating transpersonal workshops and groups. Formerly in private practice and senior lecturer/ course leader at various homeopathic colleges and at Westminster University, she is now Senior Psychotherapist at Bristol Cancer Help Centre.

How will I benefit?
- Hear the current views of the psychology of cancer and of the psychological processes and interventions related to cancer and cancer care
- Experience a taste of transpersonal work.
- Explore the challenges and the opportunities that lie within a cancer diagnosis
This workshop will enable you to examine your clinical work and deepen it with an understanding of psychological and transpersonal issues involved in cancer care.

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Seminar details:
Date: Saturday 30th September 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6MFK1
If you have any queries please contact us:
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'Symptom as Symbol' Expert Speaker: Judith O'Hagan
Wed 8 Nov 2006 Book Now

When we are ill our bodies create a symptom. But why do we get one particular symptom instead of another, and how can this information be useful to us as therapists and healthcare professionals? In this workshop we will explore the language of symptoms, and listen to what the body might be trying to express by the
symbols and symptoms it has created. Symptoms are a message from our inner world to our outer world that adjustments are needed. We will work with case material from our clients, and reflect on our own experience of illness. From this perspective we will see that illness is part of the soul's journey.

Who should attend?Nurses, other healthcare professionals, complementary therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors

About the expert: Judith O�Hagan is a UKCP accredited transpersonal psychotherapist and healer who has been working in this field for many years. She is part of Bristol Cancer Help Centre's therapy team, and in private practice in South Somerset. She has an active interest in the relationship between body, emotions and soul. Myth, storytelling, arts and creativity are all important in her working and personal life.

How will I benefit?
- Learn to listen to the subtle voice of symptoms to understand what they are telling us
- Understand how to help your clients and patients make the adjustments needed to return to health and wholeness

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Seminar details:
Date: Wednesday 8th November 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6JOH1
If you have any queries please contact us: 
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'WHEE (Wholistic Hybrid derived from Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT))' Expert Speaker: Daniel J. Benor M.D.
Thurs 9 Nov 2006 Book Now

In this workshop you will learn WHEE* and related methods of self-healing that help release psychological and physical pains, stress and distress and also enhance confidence and self esteem. WHEE is very rapidly effective; it not only relieves stresses but also transforms attitudes towards stress. For example, annoyance and distress can be changed to gratitude - gratitude that one is offered further opportunities to clear the burden of feelings resulting from various traumas, and to reprogramme one's
negative beliefs. *WHEE stands for Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT. The techniques EMDR and EFT describe Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and the Emotional Freedom Technique respectively.

Who should attend? Those who seek potent healing interventions including: doctors, nurses, counsellors, complementary therapists, other practitioners, specialists in cancer care and other healthcare professionals, practitioners of Thought Field Therapy (TFT), EMDR, EFT

About the expert: Daniel J. Benor M.D. is an American wholistic psychiatric psychotherapist, residing in New Jersey, USA. Dr Benor includes bodymind approaches, spiritual awareness and healing in his practice. He is author of Healing Research, Volumes I - IV and appears internationally on radio and TV. He is a Founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, Editor of the International Journal of Healing and Caring and Coordinator of the Council for Healing (US).

How will I benefit?
- Learn a rapid, potent, easily learned, highly effective selfhealing technique that helps to reduce or eliminate physical and psychological pain
- Understand how you can help patients with acute, chronic and terminal illnesses (eg. cancer) to transform old, unconscious experiences and programmes (even from their childhood) that have left them with burdens of unhelpful beliefs about themselves and their relationships
- Learn how to teach the basics of these methods to others

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Seminar details:
Date: Thursday 9th November 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6DBE1
If you have any queries please contact us: 
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'Chiron, The Wounded Healer' Expert Speaker: Judith O'Hagan
Sat 18th Nov 2006 Book Now

Chiron's story is the archetypal wounded healer myth. It describes a fundamental challenge to therapists: how can we stay in touch with our own woundedness and vulnerability whilst at the same time offering to help others with their wounds? In this workshop we will explore what happens in the therapeutic relationship if we become split off from our own woundedness and the benefits to the client and ourselves when
we can understand and integrate our wounds. The day will include experiential work, a transpersonal inner journey and gestalt exercises. There will be plenty of time for reflection and integration of our own material.

Who should attend? Nurses, other healthcare professionals, complementary therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors

About the expert: Judith O�Hagan is a UKCP accredited transpersonal psychotherapist and healer who has been working in this field for many years. She is part of Bristol Cancer Help Centre's therapy team, and in private practice in South Somerset. She has an active interest in the relationship between body, emotions and soul. Myth, storytelling, arts and creativity are all important in her working and personal life.

How will I benefit?
- Learn to work more skillfully with your clients and patients by understanding how the wounded healer dynamic plays out unconsciously in the therapeutic relationship
- Learn how to give power and purpose to your healing work and obtain peace and integration for yourself

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Seminar details:
Date: Saturday 18th November 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6JOH1
If you have any queries please contact us: 
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

'The Treatment of Cancer with Traditional Chinese Medicine' Expert Speaker: Henry McGrath MA MBAcC MRCHM
Fri 24th Nov 2006 Book Now

In this seminar you will be given an insight into the theories of Chinese medicine. You will learn how Chinese medicine is an �holistic� system, which nourishes the physical body, the emotions and the spirit. You will learn how in China, acupuncture is used to complement conventional cancer treatments, reducing side effects and providing nourishment for the soul. You will be shown some of the latest research from China, showing the
tremendous benefits Chinese medicine has to offer in the management of cancer. You will learn the Chinese approach to dietary and lifestyle changes that can benefit those with cancer.

Who should attend? Complementary therapists, nurses, doctors, counsellors, psychotherapists

About the expert: Henry spent nine years studying Oriental medicine (shiatsu, acupuncture and Chinese herbs), including clinical placements in China. He has been in practice for over ten years. He is the Acupuncture Course Leader for the College of Naturopathic medicine and also works for the British Acupuncture Council. He runs mentoring groups for acupuncturists, has had many articles published in the professional journals and has written a book on the connections between Chinese and Western spirituality.

How will I benefit?
- Understand the psychological and emotional support acupuncture can provide to those with cancer
- See how Chinese medicine can be used to reduce the side effects of conventional cancer treatments, including nausea, gastrointestinal problems, hepatic and renal impairment, and blood cell loss
- Counsellors and psychotherapists will gain an insight into the profound psychological understanding of Chinese medicine, and learn how acupuncture can help induce powerful
psychological changes in those with cancer
- Other health professionals will learn when to refer patients for treatment by practitioners of Chinese medicine

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Seminar details:
Date: Friday 24th November 2006
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Cost: �75
Venue: Bristol Cancer Help Centre,
Grove House, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4PG
Ref: 6HM1
If you have any queries please contact us: 
education@bristolcancerhelp.org
Tel: 0117 980 9520
Fax: 0117 923 9184

 

Previous seminars in the series

"I welcome the important contribution that 
Bristol Cancer Help Centre has made to raising standards in complementary cancer care. Cancer patients are increasingly seeking out and benefiting from complementary therapies and self help approaches alongside their medical treatment."

Dr. Ian Gibson MP

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer