Creative Transformation SIPE XVIII International Congress
6th - 9th September 2006, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Main venue: Europa Hotel, central Belfast.
Hosted by the Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy (NIGAT) and
the School of Education, Queens University Belfast - in association with SIPE.
At the XVII SIPE International Congress in Athens (October 2003),
Caryl Sibbett, Eileen McCourt and Ruth Leitch represented the Northern
Ireland Group for Art as Therapy (NIGAT) and the School of Education, Queens University Belfast,
and were successful in their bid to host the next SIPE International Congress in Belfast in 2006!
This was especially gratifying because 2006 was NIGATs 30th anniversary!
We thank all those who attended this Congress. The Congress was attended by:
- arts therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, healthcare practitioners, artists, teachers, allied health professionals, probation officers, social workers, and other related professions.
It was organised by several members of NIGAT and the School of Education, Queens University Belfast, in association with SIPE.
SIPE is an international pluri- and interdisciplinary Society and its aims "are to establish and maintain links between the various specialists interested in the relationships between expression, creation and art and current national and international research in the field of psychiatry and art therapy, psychoanalysis, psychology and sociology." SIPE holds an international Congress every three years.
The Congress began with a Welcome Reception and entertainment on the evening of Wednesday 6th September and continued with two and a half days of keynote presentations; parallel papers, panels and workshops; posters and social opportunities. A Gala Dinner was held on the Friday evening in the Europa Hotel (attendance optional). The Congress closed after lunchtime on Saturday 9th September 2006.
Details of the whole programme and abstracts can be viewed online at
The SIPE conference was reviewed: Conference review in ISPS Newsletter, Newsletter of the ISPS UK International Symposium for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia and other Psychoses, October 2006.
Keynote presentations were by:
Professor Diane Waller. President of BAAT. Art Therapist (HPC Reg.). Professor of Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Group Psychotherapist. Registrant member of the Health Professions Council.
Professor Paul Williams. Psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychotherapist in the Centre for Psychotherapy, South & East Belfast Health & Social Services Trust. Training and Supervising Analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.
The main venue for the XVIII SIPE International Congress in 2006 was the
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, BT2 7AP.
Telephone: 0044 2890 271066. Fax: 0044 2890 327800.
The Europa Hotel is situated in the heart of Belfasts 'Golden Mile', ideally located for exploring the many delights of the city. It is within easy walking distance of the city centre, Grand Opera House, entertainment and shopping districts.
The second venue was St Malachys Parish Hall, Alfred Street, Belfast.
The deadline for receiving abstracts was 30th April 2006. We aimed to be as inclusive as possible of any abstract received after the deadline. Abstracts were for papers, workshops, performances and posters.
The rationale for the Congress being held in Northern Ireland and for the themes included: "Northern Ireland is undergoing a regeneration as it emerges from a prolonged period of conflict. After thirty years of the 'Troubles' the peace process has been developing since 1998. The vacuum after 'war' has created opportunities to replace the previous disorder with creative and inclusive processes. Northern Ireland is thus engaged in a process of promoting a multi-cultural ethos where people can embrace multiple cultural identities. The arts therapies and other therapeutic professions have played a valuable part in healing splits and in Northern Irelands process of transformation." (excerpt from Congress bid in Athens).
CONGRESS CONTACT ADDRESS
SIPE Creative Transformation -
contact Dr Sibbett via NIGAT Website
Registration Fees were
Express: postmarked before the 30th of April 2006: £275
Early bird: postmarked from the 1st of May to the 31st of July 2006: £300
Regular: after the 1st of August 2006: £350
Day rate (for each of Thursday and/or Friday): £135
Half day rate (for each of Thursday [morning/afternoon], Friday [morning/afternoon] and/or Saturday [morning]): £75
Students: 40% discount on each above fee (copy of student ID required)
Written notification of cancellations should be sent to the Congress organizers. Substitutions can be made at any time. If you have been invoiced but not paid the fees, you are still liable to pay the cancellation charges below. Before 21 April, the accommodation and registration fee will be refunded less £35 administration fee. After 21st April, the accommodation fee will be refunded only if the room can be resold. The fee will be refunded less £35 administration fee. After 7th July, no refunds on accommodation or registration fees will be made. No-shows will not be refunded and cancellation charges may be made by the venue or hotel for the total number of nights booked. If you fail to arrive at the Congress you are still liable to pay the full amount. All cancellations must be received in writing.
Travel and guest house accommodation enquiries can be made at the Belfast Welcome Centre - the official visitor information & accommodation reservation website for Belfast. Tel. +44(0)28 9024 6609.
7.30pm Welcome Reception and entertainment: Ciara McGlade, harpist
Thursday 7th September 2006
Morning events: in Europa Hotel
9.30am Opening Ceremony - facilitated by Dr Caryl Sibbett - with welcoming words from:
Dr Guy Roux, neuropsychiatrist, SIPEs Chairman
Lord Alderdice, Consultant Psychotherapist, Centre for Psychotherapy, South & East Belfast Trust
Prof Tony Gallagher, Professor of Education, Head of School of Education, Queens University Belfast
Mrs Margaret Dunlop, Chair, NIGAT
10.00-11.00am Keynote Presentation: Prof Diane Waller. President of BAAT. Art Therapist (HPC Reg.). Professor of Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Group Psychotherapist. Registrant member of the Health Professions Council.
Evening events: in Europa Hotel and Queens University Belfast
6.00-7.30pm General Ordinary Meeting, SIPE members (in Europa Hotel)
8.00pm onwards Social event in Queens University Belfast: Buffet in Great Hall, plus tour of The Naughton Gallery (numbers permitting for tour).
Friday 8th September 2006
Morning events: NB. in St. Malachys Parish Hall, Albert Street, Belfast (near Europa Hotel)
9.30-9.40am Opening address
9.40-10.00am Volmat Awards
10.00-11.00am Keynote Presentation: Prof Paul Williams. Consultant Psychotherapist in the Centre for Psychotherapy, South & East Belfast Health & Social Services Trust. Training and Supervising Analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.
Other specialist clinical / research professionals as required.
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The School of Education, Queens University Belfast, provides courses
for educational professionals in a wide range of contexts, both full-time and
part-time. Each of our courses has its place in the life long professional
development of educational professionals.
interested in using art-making to maintain and/or promote well-being;
interested in pursuing Art Therapy as a profession or within their existing work;
interested in exploring art-making for personal development;
generally wishing to gain / extend their awareness of the nature of art therapy.
The founding of the Group was inspired by Rita Simon, Art Therapist, who is now President of NIGAT. Rita is also a founding member of the British Association of Art Therapists. She is now Honorary President of BAAT. Rita Simon has published three books on art therapy.
SIPE is an international pluri- and interdisciplinary Society created by Pr Robert Volmat in 1959. The "Society is especially interested in personal creativity and in the awakening of the basic potentialities, sometimes spontaneously underlying singular art and usually involved in expressive activities, which allow the psychotherapeutic management of patients in an institutional care environment or in free expression workshops." "The field of interest of SIPE goes well beyond the area of plastic expression itself, extending to all forms of expression: musical, gestural (dancing and miming), theatrical and literary, cinematographic, photographic, etc. and to the psychotherapeutic implications derived therefrom." The Societys aims "are to establish and maintain links between the various specialists interested in the relationships between expression, creation and art and current national and international research in the field of psychiatry and art therapy, psychoanalysis, psychology and sociology."
SIPEs website is: SIPE.
The Creative Transformation Congress Organizing Committee wishes to express its grateful thanks to the following for their kind and generous support:
Dr Raman Kapur, Director of Threshold, and his staff: Loretta Strong, Bernie Ross, Debbie McGirr and Avril Hunter.
Margaret Rea, Olive Getty, Judith Cardwell and Alastair Edwards, School of Education, and the staff of the Great Hall, Queens University Belfast.
Rocwell Water - 'the best water in town' - for sponsorship.
Belfast City Council - for sponsorship.
All our volunteer helpers - too numerous to mention, but especially Esther, Mari, Annie, Nicola, Fiona.
Gabrielle and the staff of St Malachys Parish Hall.
the staff of the Europa Hotel who gave dedicated and efficient assistance.
Dr Guy Roux, Chair of SIPE, and the SIPE committee for their guidance and to SIPE in general for bringing the congress to Belfast.
Prof Diane Waller for her invaluable support and guidance and for her excellent and stimulating keynote presentation.
Prof Paul Williams for his excellent and inspiring keynote presentation.
Dr Guy Roux, The Lord Alderdice, Prof Tony Gallagher and Mrs Margaret Dunlop for opening the Congress.
all the arts performers who contributed to the Congress and its social events.
the members of the organising team including Caryl Sibbett, Eileen McCourt, Peter Clough, Alice Graham, Ruth Leitch.
and, of course, a special thank you to to all the presenters and delegates who travelled from far and near and who contributed so much to the success of the congress and to the warmth of the atmosphere.
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