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Colwyn Trevarthen

Harlene Anderson, Maggie Carey, Jaakko Seikkula, John Shotter

”Life is not psychology but dialogical music”

Dialogical and narrative conceptions of man focus on understanding human life as living in respon-
sive relational systems. We are born into dialogical relations; it is our first experience in life and
becomes the basic constructive element of our subjectivity – intersubjectivity. Being present in the
moment in responsive position to each other becomes the main focus in psychotherapy and consul-

Professionals working in the fields of psychotherapy, social work and education.


9.-11.6.2011, Hotel Rantasipi Aulanko, Hämeenlinna, Finland. Opening on Thursday 9.6.
At 10.30 am (registration from 9.00 am) and closing on Saturday 11.6. at 3.30 pm.

Colwyn Trevarthen is one of the most prominent researchers of intersubjectivity starting
analysing mother – baby and father – baby relation at early 70’s. In his boundary braking
research he has helped us to understand the dialogical basic quality of human life and now
he says, “In these studies I have realized that human life is not psychology, it’s music”.
Now Colwyn Trevarthen is for the first time in Finland giving his presentation in the fourth
Aulanko meeting together with our regular quests. Harlene Anderson (USA) is recognized
internationally as a leader in development of a postmodern collaborative approach to psy-
chotherapy and consultation. Maggie Carey (Australia) is an Associate of Narrative Prac-
tices Adelaide. She has been involved in the practice and teaching of narrative therapy since
1990’s with Michael White. John Shotter (GB) is considered the most central developer of
the theory of social constructionism, broadening his thinking continuously. Jaakko Seik-
kula (Finland) is known as the generator and researcher of Open Dialogue Approach to
therapeutic processes.
Pekka Holm and Markku Sutela host the seminar – as usual.


During the first day we concentrate on hearing Colwyn Trevarthen’s ideas on Intersubjectiv-
ity and on reflections of the other presenters. On the following days participants will be as-
signed to three groups. All groups will attend to Harlene Anderson’s, Maggie Carey’s and
John Shotter’s workshops.
The language of the seminar is English. The presentations and workshops are translated in
Finnish, except for joint reflections and discussions.

330 € + 75,90 € (VAT 23%) = 405,90 euros. The fee includes 3 x lunch, 5 x coffee and
evening buffet on Friday.
The fee must be paid at the latest at 31.05.2011 to account: Dialogic Partner Oy,
Bank of Nordea, IBAN: FI2810993000426092 and SWIFT CODE: NDEAFIHH
Please, mention the name of the participant.
The seminar will be filled in order of registration.

Singel room 105 € / night, Double room 70 € / person / night. Room reservations directly
from the hotel. While booking, mention the name of the seminar to have the conference
price. Rantasipi Aulanko: tel.. +35836588100 or


Thursday 9.6.2011
09.00-10.30 Registration and welcoming coffee
10.30-12.30 Opening and Colwyn Trevarthen’s presentation
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Reflections from Harlene Anderson, Maggie Carey, John
Shotter and Jaakko Seikula
15.30-17.30 Colwyn Trevarthen and Jaakko Seikkula proceed

Friday 10.6.2011
09.00-10.30 Workshop I a – in three groups
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Workshop I b
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Workshop II a
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.30 Workshop II b
19.30- Evening buffet

Saturday 11.6.2011
09.00-10.30 Workshop III a
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Workshop III b
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Dialogue of Harlene Anderson, Maggie Carey, John Shot-
ter and Jaakko Seikkula and closing the seminar

At the workshops participants work in three groups:

Group 1: No translation
Group 2: Translation when needed
Group 3: Translation in Finnish

Dialogic Partner Oy