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The ICAPT Evening Lectures Series: Drawing on Evidence in Arts Psychotherapies

The ICAPT team, colleagues and partners will be presenting some of their ideas that are at the heart of what drives their interest in developing research informed practice in arts psychotherapies. Each seminar is about practice, how we process, make sense of and analyse clinical scenarios within health care contexts and the unique contribution of the arts to these processes. They take a personal view, offer emerging research and evidence, explore new formulations and most of all will be creating dialogues between our members and the wider world. We will provide light refreshments for an informal evening of presentations, discussions and the occasional arts collaboration. We welcome people from all professions and perspectives to discuss with us key themes in the arts psychotherapies world, what we do with evidence and how we continue to develop and promote innovation in health care.

Cover Stories: Art psychotherapy with mothers in prison who have killed or harmed children.

The media is awash with salacious headlines depicting mothers who kill or abuse children as evil monsters. Once convicted their treatment may become worse. Psychological and physical assaults from other prisoners are common alongside unconscious attacks from the staff and institution itself. These women are controversial to work with and the prison may encourage them to fabricate “cover stories” to protect themselves. Hyatt-Williams suggests “The story of the crime as told by its perpetrator is nearly always a cover story… the rest is below consciousness” (Hyatt-William, 1998). This paper will use art psychotherapy theories and case material to explore the origins of these offences, the denial and the unconscious responses and re-enactments that take place in prison and in society’s treatment of these women.

Reference: Hyatt-Williams, A (1998). Cruelty, violence and murder: Karnac

Speaker Bio:

Jessica Collier is an art psychotherapist working with adults in the criminal justice system. She works for Central & North West London NHS Trust with women in prison; at HMP Holloway until its closure in 2016 and currently at HMP Downview. She also works for East London NHS Foundation Trust at the Millfields Unit; a modified therapeutic community for male offenders with personality disorders within a medium secure hospital. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally. Her published work focuses on art psychotherapy in connection with trauma, violence and unconscious re-enactments. Jessica is a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and co-convenor of the Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group.


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