An interesting conference on Embodiment and Psychopathology is going to take place in Siracuse (Italy) on June 8 and 9, 2018.

Read the program here! It’s going to be a fruitful exchange concerning the new theories and methods for psychotherapy research.
the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Siracuse, Palermo, Milan)
presentsEmbodiment and Psychopathology Gestalt Therapy and New Developments on the Therapeutic Alliance
International seminar with
JUNE 8-9, 2018Archeological Museum – Conference HallSiracuse – Italy

Recent international researches have studied non verbal processes which characterize the good therapeutic alliance. They have found that psychotherapy works well when it supports tendency of the partners to synchronize their languages (words, gestures, bodily movements, voice tone, etc.). Attention to synchronization becomes even more important in treatment of seriously disturbed patients (personality disorders, psychosis, etc.), when verbal language is not sufficient to mediate the therapeutic relationship. The seminar will deal with synchronization in primary relationships,healthy and suffering development, and therapeutic relationship.

The seminar will include clinical dialogues in the mornings and experiential moments in the afternoons.
Wolfgang Tschacher (University Hospital of Psychiatry, Bern University, Switzerland)
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Pietro A. Cavaleri, Michele Cannavò, Valeria Rubino and Giuseppe
Sampognaro (Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy)
Antonio Narzisi (Gestalt therapist, Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy , IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris)
Santo Di Nuovo (Catania University, Italy)


Friday, June 8th, hrs 9.00-17.30  – Embodiment and Psychopathology

Wolfgang Tschacher: “Embodiment and psychotherapy: the therapeutic presence seen from a new perspective”
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb: “Embodiment and psychopathology: the Gestalt of the experience of the world”
Pietro Cavaleri: “Synchrony in human relationships: the phenomenology of perception, neuroscience and Gestalt therapy”
Michele Cannavò: “Clinical experiences of bodily synchronization through the use of images”
Valeria Rubino: “Body and psychosis: extra-verbal languages between therapist and severe patients”

In the afternoon, experiential and clinical moments based on therapeutic synchrony
Saturday, June 9th, hrs 9.00-17.30  – New Scientific Developments on the Therapeutic SynchronyWolfgang Tschacher: “Therapeutic presence as improvised co-creation: synchronization in clinical practice”
Santo Di Nuovo:“The time of therapy, and in therapy”
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb: “Caregivers/child synchrony: Research Results”
Antonio Narzisi: “Parents’ synchrony and development of social initiative in pre-school children affetcted by an autistic spectrum disturbance”
Giuseppe Sampognaro: “To meet at the contact boundary: therapeutic experience as a lived synchrony”
In the afternoon, experiential and clinical moments based on therapeutic synchrony
Classical performances at the Greek Theater
The universal themes proposed by the 54th Year of Classical Plays at the Greek Theater in Syracuse will serve as a background for this Conference.
At the end of each day, it will be possible to go to the Greek Theater with a discount on the ticket (

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