This workshop will consider the concept of the ‘frame’ as the totality of those elements of the therapist’s approach to the client that introduce and establish the specific nature of the therapeutic relationship. Work at the level of the frame often comprises a major part of the art psychotherapist’s work with profoundly disturbed individuals before image making and images can acquire symbolic meaning within the relationship.
The workshop will enhance participants’ awareness of the value and meaning of this work, which can be wearing and repetitive, through a combination of theoretical presentation, clinical discussion, and art making. It will of particular interest to practitioners working with psychosis, personality disorders, eating disorders, perversions, and addictions.
Katherine Killick is a dual trained art therapist and Jungian analyst working in private practice. She developed a specialised approach to psychosis while working at Hill End Hospital, St Albans 1979-94 and has published widely on this subject. She regularly contributes to teaching art therapists and art therapy trainees at Roehampton University, London, and Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork.
Her experience of working with psychosis contributes to her teaching on the trainings at the Society of Analytical Psychology, of which she is a Professional Member and the British Association of Psychotherapists, where she is a Training Analyst and Supervisor.