NLPtCA 2019 AGM and Conference 

 Saturday 22nd June 2019


The Mechanics Centre

103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD 


This year’s theme is trauma.Whether experienced in childhood through abuse or neglect, or as an adult, trauma causes devastating psychological consequences. A recent study has found that one in 13 young people in England and Wales experiences post-traumatic stress disorder by the age of 18. But did you know that the continuous exposure to the trauma of others may lead trauma professionals to manifest the same or similar symptoms as the victims they work with. Between 40% and 85% of “helping professionals” develop vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and/or high rates of traumatic symptoms.

The NLPtCA’s annual conference will be led by three thought leaders from around the UK, from both outside and within our Association, and will address:

·       Working with the body to resolve trauma

·       Vicarious Traumatisation, the risks to therapists and how to prevent it

·       Working with non-specific illnesses


Your conference programme starts at 9.45 am and finishes at 5 pm


Working with the body to resolve trauma

Mary-Clare de Echevarria, Integrative Psychotherapist  

Mary-Clare will look at how trauma is held in the body and practical techniques to resolve physical and emotional states.

The objectives of this session are:

  • To give an overview of how trauma is held in the body (including polyvagal theory) and how it can be resolved.
  • To offer practical techniques and exercises that integrate many different trauma treatment modalities.
  • To offer an experience in the room of using the body in different ways to change physical and emotional states towards lightness, freedom, energy or calm.
Read more about Mary-Clare and what you will gain from this workshop here.


Vicarious traumatisation and Satir’s Intrapsychic model

Sharon Rook, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist 

Many therapists will have the experience of “carrying” clients with them, beyond the therapy room. That’s why we practice self-supervision and bring our clients to supervision. The risks to therapists working with clients who have experienced, and are living with the consequences of, trauma include vicarious traumatisation – experiencing the client’s trauma as if it were your own.

If good therapy is to take place then it is important that the therapist is aware that this is happening or has happened and is able to limit the impact on self.

Sharon Rooke will be introducing us to Satir’s intrapsychic model and talking about strategies to prevent personal burn-out from working with clients who hold trauma whilst still being able to connect with those clients.

Read more about Sharon Rooke and what you will gain from this workshop here.

Working with non-specific illnesses

Malcolm Bray, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist 

The workshop will describe a way of working with non-specific illnesses, particularly Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that is being developed at The Sanctuary of Healing in Langho, Lancashire. This approach has been formulated from mind-body philosophies and understandings and aims to.  offer participants an explanation for using these ideas and methods and interventions that are useful for individuals within this client group The aim is to enable users develop the skills needed to self-heal and build a life they want to live. The philosophy of the training can be summed up through the phrase “Your body is communicating, are you able to listen?”


The AGM will be held at 1.00pm when the Board will update members on the business of NLPtCA. The meeting will cover activities following last year's Member Event as well as the formal business of the Association. Attendance at Conference & AGM counts as CPD.

Book your place now!

The Conference promises to be an informative event, with expert opinion from UK thought leaders.  Places are limited, so book now to secure your place and we look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Conference.

Members: Simply email to book your place today! Please remember to state whether or not you are attending the AGM and provide any dietary requirements. You will then receive, via email, an invoice and once paid, a booking confirmation.

Non-Members: Complete the Booking Form, follow the payment instructions and email the completed Booking Form to On receipt of both your Booking Form and payment, you will receive a booking confirmation.

Conference Rates

NLPtCA members:   £20

Non-members :       £35

Lunch will be provided

Members only for the AGM which is free of charge


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Event Location: The Mechanics Centre, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD

This year we are holding our event in Manchester, as we to hold the annual event in different parts of the country. The Mechanics Institute is an interesting building with a unique history and inspiring story. As a Grade II listed building, it makes for an intriguing venue for our conference.

We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible from all over the country as we continue to build a strong sense of community.

The Mechanics Institute is a grade II* listed building it is best known as the birthplace of the TUC which was founded in the building in 1868. It is also the birthplace of the Co-operative Insurance Society and UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology).

The small Manchester Mechanics’ Institute was established in 1824 entirely through private initiative and funds to teach artisans the basic principles of science by part-time study.

Several Manchester men met in the Bridgewater Arms in High Street to establish the Mechanics’ Institute in Manchester, where artisans could be taught by part-time study the basic principles of science – the science being mechanics and chemistry. Of the hundreds of such institutions founded around that time it alone has survived to date as an autonomous body.

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