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Violet Oaklander's books and training programs have had enormous global impact, and countless therapists around the world have been supported by Violet's work. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, the VSOF international community has become more vital than ever before. To build on this momentum of coming together in a time of crisis, VSOF's 2021 Conference is 100% online for three full days — 38 consecutive 75-minute sessions around the clock. Attendees can participate in live workshops from any time zone, or view recordings after the conference for a complete experience.

This 24/7 format allows for an unprecedented variety of international perspectives, experiences, and practical techniques using the Oaklander Model. Sessions will be led by experienced Oaklander Model trainers and international guest presenters. All will share how they’re working with the Oaklander Model, as well as provide examples of multicultural applications.

Join us to experience how the worldwide success of the Oaklander Model can support your work in private practice, in schools, and in a variety of agency settings. This approach to therapy is hands-on, playful and creative. Our time together will be rich in theory, research and practice: not just a conference, but an experience!

Conference Schedule At-a-Glance:
Sessions start every 1.5 hours. They are 75 minutes long followed by a 15-minute break. Click the session title to view session and presenter information. All sessions are in English only, unless marked **.

12:30 AM(TBD; Workshop by Mzika)
Mzika - Georgia
Broken Secrets
Ausra Pundzeviviene - Lithuania
2:00 AMInner Child Work: Using the Oaklander Model with Adults
Diana Pohilko - Kyrgyzstan
Helping Parents to Look Beyond Behavior
Natalia Calix - Spain
3:30 AMTo Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Jon Blend - United Kingdom
Let’s change the world: how contact and presence link therapy, teaching and building a sense of community
Giandomenico Bagatin - Italy
5:00 AMMothers & the Oaklander Method: How to guide and support during the first years of life
Francesca Cannata - Italy
Awareness While Walking - applications to the Oaklander Model
Laura Uruqiza - Argentina
6:30 AM(TBD; Workshop on Body & Senses I)
Presenter TBD
(TBD; Workshop on Body & Senses II)
Presenter TBD
8:00 AMEnhancing the Sense of Self Through Collage Work | The Oaklander Model
Trish Blessing
Coffee Q & A - VSOF Certification & Training
Lynn Stadler & Camille Jarmie Harris - USA
9:30 AMWELCOME I: Oaklander Experience
VSOF Board Members & International Panel
Violet & Friends Q & A
Violet Oaklander - USA
Just for Now
Karen Fried & Violet Oaklander - USA
11:00 AMStories: telling, listening and co-creating in the context of the Oaklander Model
Tzveta Misheva-Aleksova - Bulgaria
The Abandoned Store and Swapshop: A Visualization
Jon Blend - United Kingdom
Messy Conversations: Talking with Teens about Racism
Lynn Stadler & Special Guest - USA
12:30 PMThe Gestalt Contact Cycle applied to the Oaklander Model
Lizzet Cervantes Pantoja - Merida, Yucatan, Mexico & Michelle Urrutia Williams - Panama
Reflections on a year of Technology and Telehealth
Karen Fried & Kathy Miu - USA
Working with boys and men: Using the Oaklander approach to help reclaim disowned parts of the self
Peter Mortola & Patric White - USA
2:00 PMNew Windows
Cassiana Silva Castro - Brazil
ASD, HSP, & Animals
Claire Mercurio & Camille Jarmie Harris - USA
Helping the Child Develop a Self-Nurturing Inner Voice
Christiane Elsbree - USA
3:30 PMOnce upon a time: Therapeutic Tales and Poetry
Laura Saldarriaga Correa - Columbia
Windows between our hemispheres: How the Oaklander approach facilitates contact within the divided self
Peter Mortola - USA
But . . . What if my room is my safe place?
Max Greenberg - USA
5:00 PMWELCOME II: Oaklander Experience
VSOF Board Members & International Panel
School Counselors: Using the Oaklander Model
Chris McKenna - USA
Closing Video & Drawing (ends at 5:30pm PST)
6:30 PMMoving I / Feeling Me
Body & Senses - Jennifer Bury - USA
Embodied Online Scribbles, Shuffles, Crafts and other Fun Stuff
Body & Senses - Sue Talley - USA, and others
8:00 PMPuppets: how to make them, and use them in the self-nurturing process
Seema Omar - Sri Lanka
Helping Children Confront Parts of the Self They Don’t Like
Christiane Elsbree - USA
9:30 PM(TBD; Workshop by Mara)
Mara - Italy
Plumbing Emotional Intelligence: Flowing Faucets
Lynn Stadler - USA
11:00 PMAdaptation of the Oaklander Model to the Kenyan Context
Florence Mueni - Kenya
Boat journey – Exploring childhood, adolescence and adulthood
Senka Cimpo - Sarajevo

VSOF Certification and Continuing Education Units:
This course meets the qualifications for up to 35 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and 35 hours towards VSOF certification.

For information and questions about the conference, please contact Camille Jarmie Harris (

VSOF 2021 Conference