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Die Highlights der Internationalen Forschungstagung vom 8.-11. März 2017 in Heidelberg

Hier bekommen Sie detaillierte Informationen zu einzelnen Tagungsthemen der Konferenz, die in Kooperation mit der Systemischen Gesellschaft veranstaltet wird.

++ Multi Family Therapy Research in Europe @ISR 2017 +++

February 6, 2017

Multi-Family Therapy (MFT), already an important setting for applying family therapy concepts and techniques in the 1960s, has during recent years become gradually established in different parts of Europe and USA. The idea that families who share a similar suffering can help and consult to each other, with some assistance from systemic therapists, is becoming increasingly accepted, especially with complex difficulties and stigmatizing disorders. The MFT „toolkit“ contains many creative and playful ideas and techniques, the working atmosphere is lively and there is mounting scientific evidence for its effectiveness.

Facilitated by Eia Asen (London), who has popularized and disseminated MFT on his travels through Europe, up to date studies on the effectiveness of MFT will be presented at the conference. Zoe Gelin (Mons, Belgium) will give an overview on the state of effectiveness research on MFT. Ulrike Röttger (Magdeburg, Germany) will present an evaluation of MFT as a daytreatment module. Ivan Eisler (London) probably the world’s most eminent MFT researcher on eating disorders, will speak about process and outcome of MFT.

+++ Does Mindfulness Have Something to Do with Systems Therapy? And if Yes, What? +++

January 30, 2017

Mindfulness, a psychological process, which comprises awareness of the present moment without appraisal and with a friendly attitude to oneself, is becoming more and more important in a lot of domains in psychotherapy, counselling, social work and education. Commonalities between cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness are well known, documented and practised; not so well known are approaches, that try to incorporate mindfulness practices into couple and family therapy as well as into a systems theory context – and that incorporation is not only a temporary fashion, it’s a necessity!

Two experts on this topic will clarify this for us:

Diane Gehart, a Professor at the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the California State University wrote the book „Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy“, where she describes a mindfulness-informed therapy approach for working with couples and families, that include a comprehensive case conceptualization using mindfulness and acceptance principles. She will present the empirical foundations of that approach.

Corina Aguilar Raab, a researcher, family therapist and mindfulness practitioner for many years from the Heidelberg University Hospital will give some insights into a mindfulness- and compassion-based group intervention program for couples with the female partner suffering from depression.

+++ Violence in Families – a Challenge for Practitioners and Researchers +++

January 27, 2017

Empirical data show clearly: one thing humans are not made for is experiencing violence in close relationships, e.g. families. Correlations between experienced violence and mental disorders like depression, somatoform, anxiety or traumatic disorders are high. In addition, there is empirical evidence for an increase in violence in close relationships over the last decades.

Systems theory and Systemic therapy provide models to conceptualize and treat domestic / partner violence in social contexts while maintaining separate yet connected perspectives on perpetrators and victims. Consideration of the social contexts of violence opens some complementary treatment perspectives that take into account communication and interaction patterns between family members. Of course, that consideration challenges the scientific investigation of the already neuralgic research of that phenomenon.      

We are very proud that three of the best known international experts in the field of systemic approaches in understanding, researching and treating family, domestic and partner violence accepted our invitation to come to Heidelberg:

Sandra Stith, Distinguished Professor at the School of Family Studies and Human Services“ of Kansas State University has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the U.S. She will give an overview on systemic research on couple therapy for partner violence.

Justine Van Lawick and Margreet Visser from Haarlem/Netherlands are two extremely experienced family therapists regarding family violence. They will talk about their actual High Conflict Divorce project „No Kids in the Middle“. This project is a wonderful example how clinical practice and systemic research can go together and influence each other. Justine is also author of the excellent book “Intimate Warfare: Regarding the Fragility of Family Relations“.

+++ 10 ISR2017 Travel Awards of 300 Euros for young researchers from Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa or Latin America+++

December 20, 2016

We are cordially inviting young researchers, who would like to participate but are lacking the necessary funding, to apply for a travel award of 300 Euros.

Together with our low fees for participants from middle and low income countries and the possibility to apply for our local host program (stay for free at the home of a Heidelberg-based colleague), this should make it possible for young researchers from South and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America to attend – although budgets might be very small. 10 travel awards will be available (colleagues who have already registered are not eligible).

If you wish to apply, please register online and send the following documents to isr.2017[at]med.uni-heidelberg.de
(1) a brief informal letter about your motivation to participate on the ISR Conference an your current income situation
(b) a short CV of yours

You can still submit a proposal for a poster presentation, however this is not required for th application.

We are looking forward to your application!
– Your conference team

+++ Organizational Research @ISR2017: Emotions, Leadership, Change Management, Digitalization, Learning Cultures and Job Mental Health in Business +++

December 4, 2016

Emotions in Leadership and Family Business:
Lesley Greenberg, leading pioneer on Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy, will demonstrate in a keynote lecture the core process of emotion-focused interventions. Family business experts Helga Breuninger and Allmuth Sellshop along with Heidelberg-based Dilemma Management experts Julika Zwack and Ulrike Bossmann will apply those concepts to the role of emotions in leadership. Swedish scholar Ethel Brundin (Jönköping University) together with Family Business experts Arist von Schlippe and Audris Muraitis from Witten/Herdecke University, will focus on understanding emotions and emotion-related conflicts in family businesses and business families.

Change Management:
Thomas Schumacher and Oliver Haas, editors of the „Journal of Organization Development“ (Zeitschrift für Organisationsentwicklung – ZOE) will outline universal principles of Change Management and examine how start-ups change traditional organizations.

„How to Qualify Individuals and Systems by Building Learning Cultures in Organizations“ is the question that Bernd Schmid, one of Germany’s most experienced OD-experts, will tackle together with Anandan Geethan, managing director from Chennai, India.

The pathway from Charismatic to Postheroic Leadership in building a Corporate Leadership Brand will be jointly drawn in an interactional workshop by Vienna-based writer Joana Krizanits with Swisscom consultants Martina Eissing, Kurt Stettner (Bern/Switzerland) and Frankfurt-based Jens Peter Abresch. Joana Krizanits will also teach how to use organizational consultation for research purposes.

The challenges of Digitalization within „unfinished organizations“, including „organizational myths in a digital age“ will be highlighted by Dagmar Woetzel (Erlangen) and Hüseyin Özdemir (Berlin).

Staying Mentally Healthy in the Job:
How physicians and mid-level executives achieve resilience in the face of job overload and organizational dilemmas, and how psychosomatic consultation can be implemented in production companies, will be reported by Harald Gündel (Psychosomatic Medicine specialist), Julika Zwack and Ulrike Bossmann (Organizational Psychology in Medicine specialists).

+++  Refugee Aid, Resilience and Collective Trauma – a core topic at the ISR2017 +++

November 22, 2016

Many, if not most traumatic experiences are collectively shared experiences, and their healing requires collective effort. The ISR Conference will present and discuss research conducted worldwide on mechanisms of collective traumatization and on strengthening resilience in populations suffering from war and ecological disasters.

Michal Shamai, a social work professor from Haifa/Israel with long emergency consultation and research experience in Israel, Palestine, former Yugoslavia and Tsunami damaged South Asian areas, will discuss „Systemic Interventions For Collective And National Trauma“ with Greek refugee expert Kyriaki Polychroni and Canadian resilience expert Michael Ungar (Thursday morning).

Renos Papadopoulos, director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees at the University of Essex (UK) and a consultant to UN-HC Rrefugee camps worldwide, will hold a keynote speech on „Refugee Aid: Can Systemic Research Help?“ on Thursday evening.
As a transdisciplinary team of geographers, emergency rescue experts and social workers, Linda Theron (South Africa), Allyson Quinlan and Michael Ungar (Canada) will demonstrate „Systemic Perception Of Collective Trauma“ as exemplified by the effects of climate change on indigenous populations and on how they can survive these threatening changes as acollective (Friday morning).

+++  Relational Neurobiology @ISR2017 – The benefits and use of neuroscience for couples and families +++

November 5, 2016

Brains are not mostly made for thinking – they are primary social organs. Of course, this is a simplified statement, but it describes quite well the major findings of a scientific discipline dealing with the associations of human relationships and neurobiological processes such as the release of neurotransmitter, the stimulation of neuroplasticity or changes in brain activity: Relational Neurobiology.

We are very proud that two female colleagues with a lot of expertise in this field have accepted our invitation to join us for the ISR2017:

Prof. Dr. Beate Ditzen, director of the Institute for Medical Psychology at the Heidelberg University Hospital, investigates stress hormones in couples as well as oxytocin and vasopressin in stress and anxiety in men and women.

Dr. Mona Fishbane, director of the Couple Therapy Training Program at the Chicago Center for Family Health, integrates „news from neuroscience“ with a systemic approach to therapy. (We recommend her wonderful book „Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology & Couple Therapy“!)

Both will present their findings in a symposium at the conference, and will also discuss them in a panel („Is RelationalNeurobiology Of Any Use For Psychotherapists?”) along with two other brilliant minds:

Dr. Diane R. Gehart, professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Northridge, is an expert in the field of mindfulness in couple and family therapy. She will discuss the neurobiology of mindfulness and its implications for relational/systemic therapists, including its links to interpersonal neurobiology.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fuchs, Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, questions the Zeitgeist dominance of neuroscience and reminds us, that without philosophical-humanistic perspectives, such as phenomenology and existentialism, neuroscience can be misleading, “undercomplex“ and even dangerous in its biological determinism extremes.

Neurobiology and Neuroscience are “hip” – let’s see in which ways serious researchers approach their advantages and disadvantages for Systemic Therapy!

Jochen Schweitzer and Matthias Ochs (Conference Presidents)

Antonia Drews (Conference Secretary

For more information about the conference see www.isr2017.com

Letzte Aktualisierung: 23.03.2017