Conference 2024

Resetting The Foundation Stones of Relational Practice

Relational Practice exists as a concept in many caring professions including Child & Youth Care / Social Care, Social Work, Education, Medicine / Nursing, Psychology/Psychotherapy and as an ‘approach’ Relational Practice is universally appreciated as one that is necessary to adopt, if we are to be of any assistance to the people we work with and serve. Yet, no single and universally accepted definition exists of what Relational Practice is, instead there are different (but related) interpretations.

It was noted at the UNITY23 conference by one of the speakers that, Relational Practice is a bit like love or humour … we mightn’t be able to clearly define it, but we know it when we see it or feel it.

Building on the success of the 2023 UNITY conference (Refocusing The Trauma Lens), UNITY 2024 will provide a space to meet with colleagues from around the world, listen to and engage in presentations and workshops, get involved in conversations and discussions, and generally get a chance to revisit the core of Relational Practice in the contexts of both learnings from the past and contemporary developments and understanding.

Speakers from around the globe will present across a spectrum of topics that can be viewed as the foundation stones of Relational Practice. Some of these topics might be considered ‘values’; some ‘traits of the effective practitioner’; some could be considered ‘wisdoms’ that need to be known, as well as ‘approaches, techniques, and ways of thinking and doing’.