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Dr Lucy Johnstone & Amy Sanderson at Attachment & the Arts: The Power Threat Meaning Framework

11 May 2018

As Keynote Speaker at this year's Attachment & the Arts Conference, Dr Lucy Johnstone will introduce the main tenets of the Power Threat Meaning Framework and will reflect on possible implications for art therapy practice...

The BAAT series of ‘Attachment and the Arts’ conferences aims to explore art therapy through the lens of attachment theory and related research. Being close to others and having trusting relationships is at the heart of being human. The breaking of these affectional bonds can have cruel and catastrophic effects on any of us.

Attachment theories highlight that epistemic trust plays a key role in many of the experiences currently diagnosed as mental illness and so can offer a guide for treatment. The Attachment and the Arts conferences will be of value to anyone wishing to strengthen the effectiveness of art therapy through such research. The Attachment and the Arts conferences will be of value to anyone wishing to strengthen the effectiveness of art therapy through such research.

This 9th ‘Attachment and the Arts’ conference focuses on research developments in understanding how relational power operates in mental health difficulties and how that same relational power may determine whether psychological therapy may help or harm those who seek help from its services. The Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF), a co-produced academic and conceptual resource for practice, acknowledges that the irreducible complexity of a person's response to their circumstances creates a narrative. The PTMF is a welcome attempt to outline a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.

Dr Lucy Johnstone, who was lead author of the PTM Framework along with Mary Boyle, will summarise its key aims and principles. Amy Sanderson, art therapist, was a member of the project's Service User/Carer consultancy group, and will describe how the Framework can inform and support therapeutic practice in art therapy.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013) and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice.


You can see the video of the talks from #PTMFramework launch and follow Dr Lucy Johnstone here

The 2018 Attachment & the Arts conference will be held in London on Friday 5th October.

For more information and conference booking please click here

You can see highlights from previous Attachment & the Arts conferences on Facebook here and on Twitter here

You can also follow the conference live on 5th October 2018 on Twitter using #AttachmentArts