For the last ten years this one day conference has focused on how qualitative research gives voice to experience and thereby informs the practice of psychotherapy as provides us with a deeper understanding of our shared human existence. Over the years we have had presentations on many different topics such as critical moments in psychotherapy, therapists’ experience of wonder, the experience of being an Afghan immigrant to the United States, and our relationship to money in everyday life. We have also featured presentations on how to carry out qualitative and phenomenological research. The conference title implicitly points to an overlap between qualitative research and the humanities, and accordingly we have invited musicians and artists to present their work and discuss their creative process. The relative small size of the conference—around 30 attendees--has been conducive to sustained and meaningful discussions. For the eleventh annual conference the theme will be “Giving Voice to Psychological Distress.” We invite submissions of abstracts by December 31, 2017. Details are given below.
Andy Liotta got his start in the late 80s performing with popular Bay Area power trios Smokin’ Rhythm Prawns and Walrus, shmoving to Seattle in 2000, he's made music on his own, releasing four albums since 2005, two as the Billie Burke Estate and two under his own name. In 2008 he launched the music blog mondaysongs.com, subtitled "the best songwriting you’ve never heard”; to date he's released over a hundred smart pop songs there. In 2016, he released the double-album "up, up, and away," which told the story of his hospitalization for a manic episode in 1999. He has since made a feature-length video to accompany the album, taking scenes from favorite movies to accompany the songs in an effort to capture the experience of bipolar disorder. He is also co-author of The Family Recovery Guide (2000) and co-writer of the black comedy Delivered (1998). He lives in Seattle with his two teenagers and his wife Kristin Beck, a graduate of the Seattle University Graduate Psychology program.
All submissions will be evaluated by the conference planning committee (Marie McNabb, Helena Soholm, and Steen Halling). The abstracts should be about 200 words in length and include a brief biographical sketch of the author(s).Criteria for selection:
For further information about the conference, please contact Professor Steen Halling: email@example.com