AFT Conference 2018 - Manchester

  • Date: 13 September 2018 (09:30) - 14 September 2018 (17:00)
  • Venue: Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester
  • Location: Portland St, Manchester M1, UK
  • Type: Conference
  • Branch: AFT Manchester


We are delighted to hold our 2018 annual conference in Manchester and thank the Manchester Branch of AFT for hosting the conference. 

D/Evolving identities: "It's not where you're from, it's where you're at" ...?

This is a two day conference.  Residential places are now full, but there are many local hotels in Manchester Piccadilly.  Those staying outside the hotel are still welcome to join us for conference dinner.  

Overall theme of Thursday 13th September:  Impact of social, cultural, political and community contexts on personal and professinal identity.  Keynote speakers Gerry Cunningham, Glenda Fredman, Nasima Khanom - plus a wide choice of workshops.  7.5 hours CPD.

Overall theme of Friday 14th September: Impact on identity of significant life events including illness and health diagnoses.  From personal, clinical, supervisory, training and research perspecrtives - looking at the relationship between different aspects of identity and generating ideas for practice.  Keynote speakers Barry Mason, Nick Pendry, John Burnham and Catherine Butler - plus a wide choice of workshops.  7.5 hours CPD

The title of our Manchester conference – D/evolving Identities – connects up the theme of Identity and ‘what’s in a name’ with concepts of power and change. Current social and political changes in terms of Brexit, devolution from Westminster, privatisation of public institutions hinge on questions such as whether it is better to stand alone with our own distinct identity and have the power to make decisions in the best interests of the nation, region, profession or is there more we have in common to bind us across communities, cultures, faiths, economic boundaries, manualised therapy approaches. The theme of identity connects with notions of ‘belonging’ and ‘home’.
Maybe it depends on who ‘WE’ are as to how each of us draws the line around who ‘I AM’: British / European, Northern / Southern, accredited / unaccredited, gender specific / gender neutral. Our collective and personal identities are socially constructed and a contested space. The drawing and re-drawing of lines may depend on where we are and who we are in conversation with. These acts of positioning and being positioned are both deeply political – with a small ‘p’ - and deeply personal.
We hope you are inspired to join us at conference.  Non AFT members are welcome.

Cost: £95 per day AFT member, £110 non-member

Booking Details

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We would ask all delegates to book their workshops in advance.  


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