Forum Meetings and Symposia
FORUM meetings are held twice a year over a weekend, hosted by one of the FORUM organisations.
FORUM members are required:
- To send a delegate to the FORUM meeting, or if this is not possible, to send an apology for absence. Members who have not attended for a year, nor sent apologies, are contacted and asked to rectify the situation. Continued non-attendance or non-payment of fees after two years results in the organisation forfeiting their FORUM membership, and also thereby any FORUM and EABP accreditation of their training, or endorsement of their professional activities.
- To attend one meeting in each calendar year.
The FORUM meetings decide upon issues relating to the training and accreditation of body psychotherapy training institutes. Topics that are discussed at the meetings include membership matters, the implementation of EABP Training Standards, accreditation procedures, relationships with the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) and National organisations (NUO/NAO), codes of ethics, research programmes in body psychotherapy, continuing professional education, eventual joint projects in the future and refining any relevant regulations.
The FORUM elects its own Chairperson, who is a full voting member of the EABP
Board. S/he represents the interests of the FORUM there and informs the FORUM about issues that affect it. The EABP General Assembly ratifies this nomination to the EABP Board.
Currently a three-person Executive committee (PDF) heads the FORUM and one of these, Stefan Bischof is the FORUM representative to the EABP board.
The FORUM also sends an independent representative to meetings of the EAP.
The EABP Treasurer maintains FORUM income and costs separately from EABP central funds and presents accounts and budgets to the FORUM annually.
Meeting costs, circulation of minutes, payment for printing of FORUM booklets and information, postage and secretariat costs and small contributions to other EABP costs (website, Training Standards Committee) directly relating to the FORUM are paid for by FORUM membership fees.
Decisions about other expenditure from FORUM fees are a matter for the FORUM meetings, and subject to a vote.
The FORUM membership fees do not include travel, accommodation and meals for participants. Only the FORUM Secretary is compensated for attending the meetings. Arrangements are usually made to keep these costs as low as possible.
FORUM Voting Procedure
All fully paid-up member organisations of the FORUM have one vote at FORUM meetings, which they may also assign to another organisation's representative (proxy voting).
Professional Associations do not have a vote on the accreditation and re-accreditation of Training Institutes.
Motions or resolutions passed by a simple majority vote at these FORUM meetings are taken directly to the Board of EABP, which is advised to take cognisance of these opinions and to respond suitably by the next FORUM meeting.
In the first six years of the FORUM's existence the participants developed a greater openness to each other and a wish to share how each works and what theories lie behind the many different approaches and viewpoints.
For this reason the twice-yearly political and organizational meetings were expanded from two to three days so that one whole day is dedicated to showing, presenting, sharing and dialoguing about different methods and approaches.
One or two institutes present their work followed by discussion on theory and method, providing excellent opportunities for in-depth professional exchange. As institutes come from many European countries, their teachers have very varied backgrounds, languages and cultures, and combined with different body psychotherapy modalities, this often brings quite opposing views. However there is an atmosphere of inquiry, a vigorous exchange of theory and methodology and the institutes are slowly become familiar with each other's approaches and are moving towards more common ground.
Michael Heller, from the Ethics Committee, repeated his Ethics workshop, at this Joint Forum and Council meeting. The workshop was, again, well received. He has also given the workshop at the University of Utrecht and is available for further bookings (email@example.com).
Ethics - Michel Heller (extract, PDF)
Frederique Benoiton talked about her Biodynamic Therapy and Bio-release programme with elderly patients with dementia in a hospital with 120 patients. Dominique trains the nurse aides and medical staff to use a biodynamic approach.
She stressed the importance of knowing a patient’s life story and how a repetitive seemingly illogical behaviour may be caused by an unresolved life problem. An elderly man kept crawling out of bed during the night and lying under the table which upset the staff who continued to try to get him back into bed. Understanding the patient’s wartime experience led her into encouraging the staff to cover him up and look after him under the table. Another patient kept screaming all day. Frederique's team worked to encourage her to scream and express what she needed to. She finally stopped screaming.
Dominique Gutierrez talked about her work giving Biodynamic psychotherapy with horses. She showed a beautiful film with two young children – one of them who couldn’t talk or walk and had no friends and was teased at school. The child blossomed and found that her schoolmates instead of avoiding her came to her for friendship. Dominique is making an application to work with one of the local prisons.
View a presentation of Dominique's work
Read her article
Michael Heller from the Ethics Committee gave an excellent presentation inspiring those present to think of Ethics as a way of life rather than as the application of rules of behaviour. This presentation has been a long time in the planning. The Ethics Committee continues to be concerned about ethical behaviour of members and stresses the lack of attention given to Ethics matters throughout the Association. He pointed out that Ethics should be an important subject on the Training curriculum of all Institutes.
Ditte Marcher (Bodynamic International)
Presentation of a project for an association to support traumatised soldiers and their families. Workshop on body-psychotherapy treatment for trauma disorders in Bodynamics.
Claude Vaux, Eliane Fliegans (IFCC, Institut de Formation en Communication et Thérapie Psycho-Corporelle)
Workshop on Touching in Psychotherapeutic Postural Integration: theoretical concepts, teaching structure, relationship between the different stages, reading of the body and contact with the animal nature.
Zaharina Savova, (IBPT Bulgaria): Research: Socio-economic Assessment of Treatment and Rehabilitation of Breast Cancer & Psychodynamic Aspects in the Development of Eating Disorders.
Gino Ferri (SIAR, Italy): Supervision in Reichian Analysis on a case brought in by Madlen (IBPT)
2013 Tel Aviv
Luisa Barbato (SIAR, Italy): Reichian body language: the correlation between evolutionary phases, character traits and bodily levels
Amir Leibman (Reidman College, Israel): The competency of body psychotherapy; Body psychotherapist Reichian and post-Reichian; Bioenergy, biosynthesis, biodynamic etc work with their unique approach. At the same time, all body psychotherapists have common ground with other modalities. In body psychotherapy we work mainly with contact, movement breathing, mindfulness and relationship. Each modality might emphasis different aspects but will integrate with all of the aspects.
Elisabeth Grubenmannn, (IKP Zürich)
Thomas Riepenhausen (Asas e Ra’zes, Portugal) and Charlotte van Molen (Nederlands Instituut voor Biodynamische Psychologie): Biodynamics
Genovino Ferri (SIAR, Italy) with translation from Luisa Barbato: The Scientific Model of SIAR >
Previous presentations included
Jerome Liss (SIB, Italy): Vertical Brain Mechanisms for Understanding Conscious, Unconscious and Non-Conscious Knowledge. How Neuropysiological Maps Justify the Different Schools of Psychotherapy
Irit Peleg (Reidman College, Israel): Research study with some hospital patients.
Bettina Schroeter (Aus- und Fortbildungszentrum Transformative Koerperpsychotherapie, Germany): Death and Dying and how we deal with this in our body psychotherapy practice
Thomas Riepenhausen (Asas e Ra’zes, Portugal): Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Dimension
Markku Valimakki (Finnish Institute of Character Analytic Vegetotherapy, Finland): Ethical guidelines on Touch
Bettina Schroeter (Aus- und Fortbildungszentrum Transformative Koerperpsychotherapie, Germany): What works really in our therapeutic work? Beyond the books, the advertising brochures etc., with all our decades of experience in therapeutic work and training ... what do we still believe in, what are we disappointed at, tired of, resigned about?
Members are all finding this an extremely important way of getting to know how the different institutes actually work, what they are 'standing' for specifically and what inspires and provokes the foundation of each institute. This is definitely a way to expand our view about body psychotherapy, and to increase the understanding of and the respect for each other. It is greatly appreciated by all who participate.
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- 12-13 October: Athens
(Before the next Congress)
- April: Frankfurt
Host: ZIKP - Ilse Schmidt Zimmermann
- Autumn Joint Meeting
Host: PESOPS, Greece
- 27-29 April: Nürnberg, Germany Host: The HAKOMI Institute of Europe
- Autumn Berlin
(before the Congress)
Michel Heller Ethics workshop at the Joint FORUM and COUNCIL meeting, Sofia, 30th April 2016
Host: Bulgarian Institute for Body Psychotherapy
FORUM meeting, Lyon 9-11 October 2015
Host: École Biodynamique
- FORUM Meeting 26-28 April Tel Aviv, Israel
FORUM Meeting 4-6 October 2013 Rome
Joint COUNCIL / FORUM / Board Meeting Strasburg, France 25-27 April 2014