The Society’s presentations in the 5th Annual Counselling Psychology Conference – Keele University, England

In 25-27 March 2011, members of Omilos Eksipiretiton (the Servers’ Society) participated in the 5th Annual Counselling Psychology Conference in Keele University, “Intimate Encounters: Reflections on Counselling Practice, Theory and Research”. The Head of Omilos was present at the conference as well.

Members of Omilos, psychologists themselves, gave two paper presentations. In the first presentation, the basic points of Omilos teaching, the groups that are taking place and the work of Omilos were developed. A relevant video was shown that excited the audience – psychology professors, mental health scientists, doctorate and master’s degree students of psychology among others.

The two speakers spoke through their own experience about their contact with Omilos that was totally therapeutic for them as they came in contact with people who recognize in them the inner Self and show them complete interest without asking anything in return. They suggested and developed ways of integrating and putting into practice the teaching they receive from Omilos in their professional practice as psychologists and in self-care to avoid burnout often caused by the daily psychotherapeutic work under demanding conditions such as working in a psychiatric department or in the field of drug addiction.

During this presentation, “Chorodromena” were introduced at the scientific community for the first time internationally. The speaker analyzed the meaning of chorodromena, the way and the inner position through which they are performed, as well as their results for the participants both as means of healing and of developing self-awareness. During the presentation videos of chorodromena were shown, along with written testimonials of people who participate in them at Omilos, explaining how chorodromena helped them in their life. At the end of the presentation there was an experiential part during which the participants had the opportunity to perform chorodromena themselves.

The audience’s response was very warm. Many said that they felt the power and the harmony of the movements as a strong vibration penetrated through their bodies. One psychologist mentioned that while at first she was quite closed to herself, through chorodromena she felt healed and her disposition changed completely.

In the conversation that followed after the presentations, many people showed a great interest in the teaching and expressed the wish to somehow keep in contact with the Society. It was also said that it is a unique phenomenon that there are people who offer selflessly all these things and we received requests to organize seminars and workshops not only in the University but in other sectors as well. Omilos offered books to the school’s library and to the participants along with the whole material that was used in the presentations in both printed and electronic form.

The director of School of Psychology thanked us for our participation and informed us that our presentations will be soon posted in the website of Keele University www.keele.ac.uk.

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