You are invited to attend the 11th GANZ Conference
THE AESTHETICS OF CARE
The Novotel Hotel / St Kilda Beach / Melbourne
24th to 27th August 2017
This will be the first conference of the re-newed GANZ, and an opportunity to enter meaningful conversations to support both the intentionality and the need of our diverse community of gestalt practitioners within Australia and New Zealand.
The focus for this conference is the exploration the theme of Care. As gestalt practitioners working in the roles of counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor, organisational consultant and theorists we will consider this intention to care. Exploring also the ways we enable care appreciating its bi-directional nature; caring for and being cared for by others.
During this conference, care will be the central organising figure not only underpinning gestalt practice but also as a unifying and healing intention for our community. Each day will support a meaningful engagement of our practice, our theory and our life with each other. As community we will gather and explore together the struggle, joy and complexity in the understanding of, and the offering and receiving of, care.
The concept of aesthetics is offered as a reminder to us of the defining gestalt idea of perception and centrality of the phenomenological method. During this conference we will explore the aesthetics of gestalt practice and re-privilege immediate experience in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of daily living and in our ever emergent intersubjective worlds.
In exploring The Aesthetics of Care we will enliven and support our work as gestalt practitioners by revisiting some of the dimensions of care that are so central to our theory and practice.
CREATIVE ATTUNED RELATIONAL EXPERIENTIAL
The gestalt focus on contact and awareness is a valuing of the Creative in its practice and intention. The therapist works with each new client to create the unique conditions for energised expression and action, and the client moves towards the health and spontaneity of moment-to-moment choicefulness.
This re-newed creativity is supported by the Attuned presence of the gestalt practitioner. The therapist and client experience opportunities of both dignity and compassion in their suffering as they work dialogically to understand their emotional responses.
The gestalt therapist holds this Relational approach by respecting and being curious of the breadth and nuance of the client’s and the therapist’s worlds recognizing the complex field conditions that shape our experience and relationships. This relational contextualism supports the client into an experience of care and respect which in turn supports the ground for change.
Our gestalt theory and practice supports an ongoing process of awareness development and is thus always experimental and Experiential. Supported by the phenomenological method, with a focus on the embodiment of experience, practitioner and client work together to support emergent experience and hold a greater appreciation of a potentially expanded and transformational sense of what is possible.
The conference will explore The AESTHETICS of CARE under the following headings:
Day One: Care for Self
Clinical and Ethical Dimensions of Care
The Well-Resourced Therapist
Day Two: Community for Care
Organisational and System Dimensions of Care
Supporting the Gestalt Community
Social and Environmental Justice
Gestalt Work in Organisations
Day Three: Care of Others
Clinical Dimensions of Care
Welcoming the Suffering Stranger
Caring For Those Who Are Hard to Care For
On each of the three days of the conference, a keynote speaker will address one of the major themes of the gathering. We imagine a strong Australasian presence at the podium as we hear from some contemporary gestalt thinkers and leaders.
These speakers will be announced in due course.
CLINICAL PRESENTATIONS AND EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS
The call for abstracts will be forthcoming for Clinical Conversation Presentations and Experiential Workshops. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
Saturday 26th August 2017
Your invitation to the GANZ Conference Celebration will be included in your registration pack. Dress to Impress. Extra tickets will also be available for purchase.
Workshops and Clinical Conversations
Thanks to all those who have submitted to present at the Conference. We have had an unprecedented response and have a splendid range of submissions for the Workshops, Clinical Conversations, and Research Conversations.
We will be welcoming a number of new presenters representing a new generation of Gestalt thinkers and some established thinkers who have taken up the invitation to present on this theme with gusto.
The Committee will meet soon to review all submissions and a list of presenters and topics will be posted on the website in June.
Exploring the Theme
On each day we will hear from a cross section of Gestalt Psychotherapists and Trainers — colleagues who will explore aspects of the theme and create an emerging, insightful and interactive community experience. They are:
Tony Jackson VIC; Claire Taubert VIC; Ashleigh Power NSW; Susanna Goodrich NSW; Gabe Phillips VIC; Brenda Levien NZ; Dave Mutton VIC; Greer White QLD; Leanne O’Shea VIC; Mary-Jo Duffy WA; David Conradson NZ.
Many others will present Clinical, Organisational, and Research Papers as well as Experiential Workshops.
Closing date for submissions to present 30th March, 2017
Included in your Conference Registration is a ticket to party at the heritage listed St Kilda Sports Club House on Saturday 26th August from 6.30 pm.
Soak up Melbourne’s Indy atmosphere and dance to the irrepressible Flares!
A complimentary drink will be offered upon arrival and a buffet style meal with vegetarian and gluten free options will be served. A cash bar will be available for party goers to purchase additional drinks.
We guarantee a great night with excellent food, sparkling company and a brilliant atmosphere!
Additional tickets are available from Trybooking for $85 each
The St Kilda Sports Club was established in 1865, and is the second oldest existing bowls club in Australia. The clubhouse was built in 1876 and is the oldest existing bowls clubhouse in Australia. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
St Kilda is a very busy area with a lot of nightlife especially on Friday and Saturday nights, so be sure to ask for quiet rooms if you need that.
THE NOVOTEL ST KILDA (Conference Venue)
We have negotiated a discount with The Novotel Hotel St Kilda. Please click this link to take you to the booking page. When using this link, type St Kilda (with a space) in the destination box and click search. This will take you to the hotel where you can complete your booking,
As a guide, the accommodation with The Novotel Hotel St Kilda will be priced approximately as follows, depending on when you do the booking.
Standard room – $190.00 room only
Double room – $240.00 room only
Executive Bayview rooms – $269.00 room only
Standard rates below are an indication only, they fluctuate over time, and will generally go up as the conference dates approach. Rates shown in brackets are the discounted the rates as applied to the standard rates at time of publication.
2-8 Carlisle St
6-minute walk to venue
Twin Room $145, ($130.5)
Executive Room $160, ($144)
Offering 10% discount on best available price at time of booking. Forward your conference booking confirmation to Reservations@cosmopolitanhotel.com.au to receive a discount booking code and instructions.
TOLARNO (arty retro style)
42 Fitzroy St
10 minute walk to venue
Standard room $120 (windows don’t open)
Superior room $130 (windows don’t open)
Standard with balcony $135 (windows are double glazed so nice quiet rooms)
ABODE – Easy Stay
63 Fitzroy St
8 minute walk to venue
Small but nice room with very basic kitchenette. Rates vary dramatically depending how you book, but the best deal available at time of research was $109, only if you call 1300 301 730.
QUEST, St Kilda Bayside
1 Eildon Rd
5 minute walk to venue
Each apartment has kitchenette, laundry and lounge space:
Studio $ 154, ($146) (Average per night for 3 nights)
Double $164 ($156) (Average per night for 3 nights)
Offering unlimited wifi included in the rate, plus 5% discount on best available price at time of booking for a 3 night minimum stay only. Call Quest direct to book and tell them you are attending the conference to receive the discount, or email GANZ conference organiser firstname.lastname@example.org your conference TRYBooking confirmation and you will be provided with a discount booking code and instructions.
135 Inkerman St
20 minute walk to venue
One bedroom standard $139, ($119) kitchen, laundry, balcony, living & bedroom
One bedroom deluxe $149, ($129) same as the standard but larger
Offering $20 off the standard rates above until end of March only. Forward your conference TRYBooking confirmation email to Laura McGill email@example.com who will make the reservation for you.
OTHER WAYS TO FIND ACCOMMODATION
The fee structure for attendees is as follows:
|All Fees Include One Dinner Party Ticket
|Full (June – August)
|Student (training in Gestalt Therapy)
|Traveller, (from Overseas or in excess of 3000 kms within Australia)
|Extra dinner party tickets
|Donation to support travellers (optional)
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Click here to view a copy of the program.