Acquired Brain Injury & Art Therapy
In this workshop we will be looking at the process of working with people in art therapy who have an acquired brain injury. We will be referring to the theories informed by neurology, psychotherapy and art therapy to describe the hidden effects of brain injury and the role of art making to enable change. The aims of the day are to give a condensed experience of what it is like to work with someone in art therapy who is disabled by their capacity to recall, remember and to think. We will consider the role of the art therapist, what identifies the peculiarities of this work psychosocially, symptomatically and through active defences that may constrict what changes are possible and can occur.
The day will comprise of a film and slide presentation, a talk to identify the aims of the work, the task of the therapist and of the therapeutic relationship. There will be an opportunity for participants to reflect further on the day through art making and to share their experiences whether professional or personal on what can be the devastating and traumatic impact of ABI.
This workshop will be relevant to practitioners working with people who have a brain injury or neurological deficits, who work with people disabled by physical and psychological impairment through neurological damage and those interested in this field of work. We hope people will bring their own experiences and a willingness to share them to further understand the nature of this work.
Quentin John Bruckland is a Senior Art Psychotherapist working at The Epilepsy Society & The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. He also works as an Independent Art psychotherapist in private practice. He has thirteen years specialist experience working as an Art Psychotherapist involved in assessment, diagnosis and adaption to chronic illness. His area of specialism of neurology, learning difficulties, epilepsy (associated mental health problems) and dissociated seizures informs his philosophy of care as a clinician.
Kate Rothwell-Johns is the Head of Arts Therapies for the Forensic Directorate of the East London Foundation NHS Trust and current convener of the Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group. Kate is also an art therapist at H.M.P Grendon, a published author, private practitioner, supervisor and provides educational and examining input for UK MA Art Therapy programmes.