Study Conference on Therapeutic and Educational Curative Speech of the Medical Section
in collaboration with the Section for the Performing Arts at the Goetheanum
from Wednesday, 24 to Saturday, 27 October 2018
Organiser: Medical Sektion
Dear Colleagues, and everyone with an interest in this subject,
The time has come and we are meeting at the Goetheanum once again! This year we will concern ourselves with the prevention and treatment of burnout, as well as with how it arises in the first place. The syndrome has a long history – as long ago as in Homer’s Odyssey we find a passage in Book 10 in which the goddess Circe says to Odysseus:
[…] ‘now you are weakened and dispirited, always thinking of your arduous wanderings, and never does joy give you strength and encouragement: you have suffered much.’ Thus she spoke, and our proud hearts assented. So we stayed for a whole year, from one day to the next [...]
(lines 463- 467 in transmission of J.H.Voss)
Odysseus and his men are so exhausted and dispirited that it takes a year before they think about continuing with their journey! One year – that is the recovery period for classic burnout.
On a number of occasions patients came to my practice who wanted to return to work after one or two weeks and I had to tell them that it would probably take a year before they were well again. When a year later they were able to start their reintegration into work, they recalled how stunned they had been about this at the time. Fortunately physicians have meanwhile become a lot more sensitive to this issue and patients often come at an earlier stage so that therapy can mostly take place in parallel to work.
The biographies of many people are an odyssey today. Many of our fellow human beings have to suffer a great deal before they find a productive path with regard to themselves and their work. In our restless time the individual actively has to create their own rhythm and recuperation otherwise there is a great drain on our vital forces which at some point leads to exhaustion and a feeling of a lack of perspective and meaning. The life forces grow weaker and weaker and people feel burnt out. Such exhaustion is often amplified by a lack of acknowledgement from our social environment.
In education, the teacher or therapist can often take preventive measures. We can teach children already to find and stay within their own limits. So that “digital exhaustion”, for example, does not determine our everyday lives.
We recommend the following literature in preparation for the subject:
There is plenty to discuss to fill three-and-a-half days with inspiring and stimulating material!
We very much look forward once again to seeing you, the participants.
On behalf of the preparatory group, the Medical Section and the Section for the Performing Arts at the Goetheanum,
Yours, Xandor Koesen-York
Matthias Girke,Georg Soldner
For the Medical Section
Philip Jacobsen, Claudia Kringe, Marion Schroth, Xandor Koesen-York
For the preparatory group
For the Section for the Performing Arts
For the International Coordination of Art Therapies
BURNOUT Devitalisation – Revitalisation
Study Conference on Therapeutic and Educational Curative Speech
of the Medical Section in collaboration with the Section for the Performing Arts
at the Goetheanum from Wednesday, 24 to Saturday, 27 October 2018
Booking closes: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
with sponsorship¹: CHF 350 with meals: CHF 525
regular price: CHF 260 with meals: CHF 435
concessions²: CHF 150 with meals: CHF 325
students³: CHF 90 with meals: CHF 265
¹ Should you be in a position to pay an additional amount, this would help to cover the costs of the conference and support the work of the section. ² Concessions apply for OAPs, the unemployed and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form. ³ For students, schoolchildren, those in training, military or civil service. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
Conference meals (vegetarian) include 3 lunch and 4evening meal at CHF 175in total. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.
For the period of the conference: CHF 25 (not right next to the Goetheanum building). If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.
Methods of payment/confirmation
On receipt of a group application, the respective institution will receive the account for the group. Subsequent bookings can only be applied for and paid on an individual basis.
Credit cards (all countries): The full amount will be charged to your credit card as soon as your booking has been processed. You will receive postal or email confirmation of your booking and payment.
Invoice Switzerland: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed. Please note that we only send out invoices up until 10 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
Invoice Eurozone: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed (Euro account). Please note that we only send out invoices up until 14 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
Other countries: Once your booking has been processed you will receive a confirmation by post or email. The amount due will either be charged to your credit card or you can pay on arrival. Bank transfers are not possible.
Please note that the conference fee must be paid before the conference starts.
Conference tickets: Tickets can be collected at the Reception until half an hour before the conference starts, also if you pay on arrival. We accept cash (Euro and CHF), VISA, MasterCard, ec-direct and Postcard-Schweiz.
Cancellation: Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the conference (10.10.2018, date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals, breakfast, parking permit and group accommodation may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference (23.10.2018). Cancellation on the day when the conference begins or failure to attend are subject to a 100% invoice total. Substitutes will be accepted at no extra cost.
Cancellation insurance: Subject to a payment of 5% of total costs (CHF 10 minimum) full cancellation insurance can be taken out to cover illness (including dependent children and partner), job loss and force majeure. Please ask for our terms of insurance or visit www.goetheanum.org/6053.html.
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