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(1985). Report from Michael Pokorny, Working Party Chairman. Brit. J. Psychother., 1(3):230-232.

(1985). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 1(3):230-232

Rugby Psychotherapy Conference 1985

Report from Michael Pokorny, Working Party Chairman

The fourth Rugby Psychotherapy conference was held at Herbert Gray College on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11th, 12th and 13th January. We began after dinner on the Friday with two personal statements of the essential ingredients of psychotherapy, one given by Elspeth Morley and one by John Davies.

Although I had to guillotine the discussion that followed, it was continued throughout the next day and on into the Sunday and meshed in very nicely with the Saturday morning clinical demonstrations which had been particularly asked for at the 1984 Conference. We offered a social work ease done as a fishbowl which was a supervision session, a guided fantasy and a video demonstration of sexual marital therapy.

After a coffee break, there was a session conducted by a humanistic psychotherapist, a demonstration of hypno-therapy and a repeat of a video demonstration. These produced a great deal of interest and lively discussion. There was a break from lunch until tea, and in that time a meeting of ‘psychodynamic organizations’ was held, which had been announced at lunchtime by its convenor, on whether or not they had a collective view about the question of a directory, an agenda item for discussion on Saturday evening. I did not go to that meeting, feeling that, as Chairman, I really had to look after the interests of all represented organisations and instead I had a well-earned nap. I understood at teatime that most of the Conference participants had, in fact, gone either to participate or to observe.

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