MULTI-LINGUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY CENTRE
ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
OUTSIDERS: NEGOTIATING IDENTITY
SATURDAY 26 February, 2005
The “Outsider” represented by the “Other” or more stereotypically by the migrant or refugee has been a theme throughout history. It touches on notions of nationality and identity, fear and paranoia but also freedom and the opportunity to discover fresh inner and outer perspectives. In the modern world the themes of identity and power have become urgent issues which affect our daily lives and our clinical work.
This Conference will explore the theme of becoming an outsider and how one negotiates one’s identity in this complex psychological journey. The day will involve looking at a case study of a refugee who leaves his/her own country followed by a thirty minute Play of an Immigration Interview including an interpreter. This will be followed by small group work and a large group discussion. In the afternoon the Conference will divide into a number of Personal Narrative Workshops where the experience of being an outsider can be explored through memories and stories. The afternoon will end with a plenary and discussion.