Manchester BABCP conference: Jamie Pennebaker, expressive writing & emotional suppression (sixth post)
Last updated on 9th September 2010
Yesterday I wrote about David Clark's inspiring conference talk on "IAPT: achievements, lessons and the future". The lecture was followed by a rather poor conference lunch - I had an image of us all dipping our heads into the brown paper bags of sandwiches we were given, like feedbags for horses. A good conversation with neighbours over lunch, then wandering to a different building to get to the "Metaphors and stories in CBT" panel discussion with Richard Stott and Ann Hackmann. Paul Blenkiron had been billed to contribute too, but apparently his wife had had a baby this morning - I hope they're doing well.
It's the third and last day of this annual BABCP conference (although I'm posting this a day after writing it). I wrote yesterday about a symposium I went to on the second day. Today I was more settled - I got out for a pre-breakfast run and then had a chance to meditate. There's nothing that really grabs my attention in the first set of symposia this morning, so I'm taking the opportunity to review how the conference has been so far and what my plans are for the rest of the day.
This year's annual British CBT conference jamboree has been a bit unusual for me. I've been coming to these British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) conferences for years now, and routinely I would start with one of the full day pre-conference workshops before launching into the three days of conference proper. I was booked into Emily Holmes's "Mental imagery in cognitive-behaviour therapy: PTSD and beyond" workshop, but then poor Catero my wife hurt her back at the weekend and so plans were changed and I delayed coming down from Edinburgh. Recovery proceeds and here I am - a day & a half "late" and checking my mobile for news from home - but here for the first afternoon of the three day conference proper.
I wrote last week on "Barbara Fredrickson 'How positive emotions work, and why' (fifth post)" and the initial two key points she made in her talk - 1.) Positivity opens us, and 2.) Positivity transforms us. Today's post discusses the second half of her talk and her three further key points.
I blogged yesterday about the second full day of this "5th European conference on positive psychology". So how was the last morning of the conference? In order to catch my flight I only went in for the final two plenary presentations and then left at the coffee break - a pity, but I already have plenty new to chew over from this conference and I don't think I was missing anything too crucial - for the kind of work - I do by coming away a little early.
Yesterday was the first full day of the conference. I've already written about the first evening. The full day started fairly bright and early at 8.30am. First off was a talk by Corey Keyes, a sociologist from Emory University, Atlanta. I've liked his work, but at first glance at this conference he looked a bit too like Johnny Depp for me to take him seriously (prejudice or what!). The talk this morning soon put that right. Passionate, informed, insightful. Great stuff.