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Nick is a therapist and trainer with well over 30 years experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, he has explored widely in a number of therapy modalities, and now practices and teaches two forms he has developed himself, Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy. Nick has a grown up daughter. He has written several books, including Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction; Wild Therapy; Not A Tame Lion; Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy; and Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems. He has for many years been involved with the intersection of psychotherapy and politics, for example as founding editor of the journal Psychotherapy and Politics International; as a past Chair of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility; and as current Chair of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union. Nick lives in Cornwall with his partner and grows vegetables. There is a website at www.nicktotton.net.
Peer Stoop is a facilitator, coach and consultant. His fields of expertise are diversity management, inclusiveness, cross cultural communication and international management.
He is the founder of Ikarus Training and Consultancy; a company that works together with several international governmental, non-governmental and commercial companies. Next to this he works as a program manager of several programs at two universities of applied sciences in Amsterdam, being the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Team Academy, were he leads a group of over 700 students, 50 lecturers and staff members.
His contribution to the field of cross-cultural communication, diversity management and inclusiveness is his focus on the transformative potential of increased awareness in these fields and the many fields connected to these subjects. His background is in working with the application of Process Oriented Psychology to collective processes and his ongoing studies in Buddhism.
He is the author of several articles about diversity and inclusiveness and co-author on several books on education in relation to diversity, inclusiveness and Buddhism.
Gina Clayton is interested in wholeness in the interactions between refugees and long term residents especially in the UK, and in using refugee law to support recognition of trauma and discrimination. She has worked in this field as an academic lawyer, a group facilitator, and is currently chair of two grassroots organisations in South Yorkshire supporting destitute refused asylum seekers. She has worked on a project with Employability Forum to improve asylum decision-making by creating space for refugee voices to be heard, and for Asylum Aid she writes the UK’s contribution to the Asylum Information Database, produced by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. She is qualified as an asylum adviser with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, and works in South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice with asylum seekers who are outside the legal aid system.
David Clark – After graduating with a degree in English literature, David moved to London where he worked freelance first as a potter and teacher, then interior decorator and designer and eventually also as a building project manager. He later trained and worked as a psychotherapist and for several years was the co-ordinator of Process Oriented Psychology in the UK. He has as an adopted daughter, who is on the autistic spectrum and a son, both of whom are now adult.
Jean-Claude Audergon (lic.phil. I)
Jean-Claude Audergon (lic.phil. I) is a conflict resolution facilitator and teaches Process Work internationally. He is a co-founder of Process Work Training Programs in Zurich, Portland Oregon and the UK. He works with the creativity locked within apparent blocks or apparently intractable issues within organizations, and teaches leaders in teams and organizations to do the same.
He also has a long-term interest in violence prevention, has supervised and trained teams and organizations within social services, prisons and schools. He has also led a long-term program working with mental health issues in psychiatric hospitals and community mental health forums.
Jean-Claude is co-founder of CFOR, facilitating forums for communities in conflict and to support creative collaboration and community building. He has also trained as a filmmaker and coaches performers. He has written various articles and a chapter contribution in New Horizons in Body Psychotherapies, N. Totton (Ed.) Open University Press 2005.
Arlene Audergon (Ph.D.)
Co-founder of CFOR
Arlene Audergon (Ph.D.), co-founder of CFOR, is interested in the role of awareness and consciousness in individual and collective change, such that individuals, organisations and whole communities can access their innate capacity to go beneath polarities, support diversity and find creative solutions to societal problems, and for post-war conflict resolution and violence prevention.
Arlene is author of The War Hotel: Psychological Dynamics in Violent Conflict, Wiley -Blackwell 2005; ‘Daring to Dream’, in Hart B (Ed.) Trauma and Peace-building, University Press of America 2007; ‘Transforming Conflict into Community, chapter in Psychotherapy and Politics, Totton, (Ed.), Open University Press 2005; and has also published several articles in the areas of Collective Trauma, Conflict Resolution, Process Work, Mental Health, and Theatre. Arlene has also developed methods of applying Process Work to theatre. She co-directed and co-devised SPIRIT with Improbable Theatre, (Royal Court theatre and festivals internationally), and has worked with actors, musicians, opera singers, improvisers, puppeteers, directors and writers in LA and London. Arlene teaches Process Work in the UK (RSPOPUK) and internationally, supervises faculty and students, and enjoys a private practice in London.
Sharon is a facilitator, entrepreneur and writer, and the founder of Coaching Nation, a boutique training company working with businesses and entrepreneurs. Prior to setting up her own company she was the director of a national charity working within criminal justice. Her global programmes have helped enhance the performance of many sectors including science, disruptive technology, finance and the creative industries. She trained at the University of London/Birkbeck in Conflict Prevention and has been involved with CFOR for many years with the development of the Europe Matters’ programme and as company secretary.