Understanding the Science of Human Connection

The pandemic has brought about isolation and loneliness, a world in which face-to-face human interaction has been dramatically limited. We are staying at home and avoiding public spaces in order to avoid the coronavirus, but for many people this means they now have no-one to talk to about their fears and insecurities.

It is against this backdrop that South Africa will be hosting a conference later this year, where world experts in the field of human connection and social interaction will be gathering. The four-day event will at its core have a basic question it will try to answer – how can we still, despite lockdown, find a way of meaningfully interacting with one another?

We would like to invite you to register for the inaugural Imago Africa Conference, taking place on a virtual platform between 30 September and 3 October 2021.

The conference is based around the Science of Human Connection, which is all about how the natural and social sciences tell us who we are as human beings, what prevents individuals from relating to one another and how this interpersonal crisis of connection can lead to civic disengagement.  There is also strong evidence that the loss of social connection and meaningful relationships can lead to serious mental health problems.

Imago Africa is a community of Imago practitioners in Africa. It has a strong focus on supporting vulnerable communities by providing workshops, educational webinars and empowering young leadership and relational facilitators. Imago Relationship Therapy, developed in 1980, is an integrative methodology of relationship and couples therapy that focuses on transforming conflict into healing and growth through relational connection.

Conference partners include North West University, Optentia Research Unit, FAMSA and Synergos Leadership Development. The hybrid conference will be held at the North West University, Potchefstroom (Tlokwe), from 30 September – 03 October 2021.

Key topics presented by local and international speakers include:

  • Encountering “Communologue” as a community practice in the African context.
  • Collective trauma and healing in post-Apartheid South Africa.
  • Relationship Therapy In the space-between.
  • Relational research methods and latest developments in relational dynamics.
  • Integrating body, mind, and relational connection.
  • Dealing with interpersonal conflict in intimate relationships.
  • A hopeful relational approach to the challenges of diversity, inclusion, justice and equality.

Guest Speakers include:

  • Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen La Kelly Hunt best-selling authors of “Getting the Love You Want.”
  • Puleng Segalo Fulbright scholar and professor of Community Psychology and Research Chair Albert Luthuli Research centre.
  • Adv Leon Wessels, Constitutional Lawyer and Advocate.
  • Marlene Owaga: CEO of Synergos.
  • Dr. Matthews Katjene Director of PsychWell and extraordinary researcher in relational dynamics and development at North West University.

You can find more information about the event at: https://imagoafrica.co.za/for-professionals/conference/

Debra Robins

Savvy and insightful, Debra is the publisher and editor of Odyssey Magazine. Author, wordsmith and natural remedy consultant, Debra brings together extensive expertise in both corporate and personal wellbeing and combines this with her passion to uplift personal and planetary wellness through the power of words.

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