Art Therapy and Acquired Brain injury. The challenges of developing a therapeutic alliance.

We are now taking bookings for the SFF on the 8th December

Kate is an art psychotherapist who has worked with Peter for three years in private practice. The working relationship is heavily focused on his art work, which he uses to re construct his identity, but the main challenge is how to help him hold onto something from the work. The therapist’s heightened skills to re connect to his art making and his process, and to understand his limits and effects of brain injury, is vital for Peter’s recovery. With his severe memory problems, very difficult past and forensic history, telling his life story and having his images seen is important in order for him to have a sense of being seen, visible, alive, and that actually coping with the effects of the brain injury and his losses are the main issue in his therapy. Peter states the art is all about ‘expressing who you are in the world’.

Peter is 
a private patient who acquired global brain injury from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Too high functioning to join a brain injury group, though a keen artist in his own right, Peter’s brain injury manifests itself in positive and negative ways including short term memory loss and lack of social inhibition.

In this seminar Peter and Kate join you to discuss the process of art therapy in this context and will show a selection of Peters art work to invite further discussion and exploration.


Psychology of Children and Development: free articles

A focus on China: These articles were selected because they are the most read in China for each journal.

Children are of crucial importance in China. In a country where the need for children to excel in school is extremely high, a great deal of attention must be paid not only to the factors which affect children’s academic performance, but to their wellbeing. Of equal importance is the child’s place in the family and the relationships they have with other members of the family unit. It is in this spirit of seeking and improving understanding of the role of children in China that this issue collects important research from some of the best psychology journals published by Wiley, the premier publisher of psychology journals. I hope that you enjoy reading them- Jianxin Zhang, Deputy Director, Institute of Psychology, Chinese of Academy of Science

Kavanagh sisters speak on Woman’s Hour about their childhood abuse

Really worth a listening to the Kavanagh sisters speaking about their recovery from childhood abuse by their father. Particularly noteworthy is how they have tried different therapeutic approaches and emphasise the importance of interventions suited for the individual.

The book is called Click, Click:

Joyce, June and Paula Kavanagh were three sisters born to a family of ten in Ballyfermot, Dublin in the 1960s. Their father abused all three of them in the family home throughout their childhood. In 1989, the sisters made the brave decision to bring charges against their father and, in 1990, the state took a successful case against him. He was convicted and imprisoned. Click, Click is the story of their abuse; the exposure of a man prolific in his paedophilia; and an Irish childhood lost in a dysfunctional, abusive and torturous environment. Importantly, however, it is also the story of three women’s healing; their coming to terms with their abuse, and their forgiveness of themselves and others. The Kavanagh sisters have refused to allow their abuse to define them. With fierce humour, insight and honesty, they now share their story and show that with love and determination, you can indeed conquer all.