The aim of this workshop is to develop understanding of the nature of psychosis and of specific potentials in the art therapy setting for engaging and working with psychotic states of mind. There will be a talk, a clinical seminar in which participants can discuss case material, and a workshop using art materials.
The nature of the therapeutic frame, the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship, the transference and countertransference field, and the therapist’s internal work, will be considered in relation to the work of facilitating transformative experience in psychosis.
Katherine Killick originally trained in art therapy although her current work is as a Jungian-trained analyst. She has made a significant contribution to art therapy literature and now works as a Jungian analyst 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.