'I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.’ - Gilda Radner’s ‘Delicious Ambiguity’
The National FPOP conference 2017 will focus on the power of stories to create change and bring hope. The event is open to all those who want to explore the narratives that they and others bring to their work with older people, and the way this affects the psychological processes at play for those using and working with older people.
Whilst stories can be descriptions of what has happened the reality is that most stories are fiction, or at least present only one element of the various truths that can be told. Workshop leads will share stories of their own and provide the opportunity for people to understand their own narratives and script new ones that will help them move forward with hope and courage in their future work.
We are all shaping our own story. As psychologists we have the added responsibility of helping other people make sense of their own (or a relative’s /friend’s) story in a way that is ‘true enough’ and yet also helps stimulate change, whilst understanding and navigating the stories that are told about or projected onto us.
The classic beginning (learning the characters and the context), middle (identifying the problem which drives later changes) and end (where things reach a more or less satisfactory conclusion) are reflected in therapy, adjustment to life changing diagnoses, service change, and our development as psychologists.
Submissions are invited for the The National Faculty of Psychology of Older People (FPOP) 2017 Conference. If you are interested in presenting at the Conference then please make your submission via the online submissions system.
Oral presentation, workshop or symposia submissions are no longer being accepted. The deadline for these was 23:59 2nd April 2017.
If you are interested in making a poster submission, please make your submission by 23:59 30th April 2017.
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