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5th Annual Open Space Day: English-Speaking Mental Health Professionals

March 22 @ 9:30 am 6:00 pm

  • Do you sometimes wish you had other professionals with whom you could talk about clinical issues?
  • Are you wondering how to navigate the Swiss health system and setting up a private practice?
  • Are you feeling cut off from new developments in the field and learning in your language?
  • Would you like to sample a new idea or technique in a supportive informal environment?
  • Would you like to explore and develop a project with other professionals who share similar passions?
  • Or do you just want to meet and get to know other English-speaking health and mental health professionals living in Switzerland?

If you answered yes to any of these questions … come join us at the C2 Open Space Day setting!

We at C2, are excited to invite you to the 5th Annual Open Space Day in Biel/Bienne!

Different English-speaking professionals from all over Switzerland come together and share their ideas, knowledge, questions and experiences. Each year we see new and familiar faces. Throughout the day, there will be many ways to to connect, share and learn – during structured activities such as, workshops, presentations and discussion groups, as well as during informal times, such as the breaks, lunch and end of the day Apero.

The Workshop Schedule will be finalized closer to the date, and depending on wishes communicated by participants. The workshops are 45 minutes long and tend to be interactive in nature, allowing for questions and exchange. There are 4 workshop time blocks through-out the day. Workshops will be going in parallel, so you can chose which to attend that day depending on your interests. At the end of the day we come together to brainstorm and share as a community about ideas we can build on, connections we can further explore and what we take with us. A few examples of workshops being offered during the Open Space Day include:

  • Starting a private practice in Switzerland
  • Working with neruodiversity
  • Virtual Programs for Clients and Professionals
  • Exercises or frameworks useful for working with trauma
  • Balancing self-care, professional development, and work
  • Recognizing and supporting grief and loss
  • Case consultation for difficult clinical situations
  • Exploring the difficult side of being a therapist
  • Using the Meyers Briggs in therapy
  • How the Mother Wound may impact therapy process
  • Opportunities for more interdisciplinary interventions and services

As we’ve grown we no longer fit in our praxis space. We are excited to be at a new location, the beautiful NMB (Neu Museum Biel). Seevorstadt 56, 2502 Biel. From the train station, it is a short pretty 10-12 min walk or 5 min bus ride away. There is also garage parking around the corner from the museum.

Wondering what an Open Space Day is? Here is an informational video to help give an idea of the overal purpose and format, and another video how we set up the final schedule of the day.

The overall schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00 Arrival and Welcome: Coffee & Tea
  • 9:30 Introduction, Overview, and Creation of Schedule
  • 10:30 Morning Break with Beverges and Snacks
  • 10:45 2 Workshop Blocks
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 2 Workshop Blocks
  • 15:00 Afternoon Break with Beverages and Snacks
  • 15:30 Community Collaboration & Brainstorming
  • 16:00 Ethics Workshop
  • 18:00 End, optional Apero

You can also see photos and information about the previous Open Space Days 2020, 2021(online setting), 2022, and last year 2023.

If you have any questions or ideas about presentations or workshops already, you can share them with us at contact@c2gether.ch or patricia.vriesendorp@psychologie.ch.

Interested? We look forward to hearing from you. Due to the co-creational aspect of the event we also ask you to complete this Sign Up Form. If you are a student or the cost is a barrier, or you have any registration questions you can contact Dr. Elizabeth Frei at efrei.phd@gmail.com .

Photos from previous Open Space Days:


March 22
9:30 am – 6:00 pm
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Patricia Vriesendorp
Elizabeth Frei

Neues Museum Biel (NMB)

Seevorstadt 52
Biel/Bienne, 2501 Switzerland
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