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Ami Woods and Learning Disability Service Users at Attachment & the Arts: Attachment, Trauma, Powerlessness & People with Learning Disabilities

18 May 2018

Ami Woods and Learning Disability Service Users will be presenting at this year's Attachment & the Arts conference on 5th October 2018...

 

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. 

Ami Woods and Learning Disability Service Users will be presenting on how people with Learning Disabilities (LD) often feel defined and constrained by society’s prejudices towards their condition and the way in which the history of their treatment reflects deeply embedded stigmatising social attitudes. 

When experiencing traumatic events, there is rarely any recognition that people with LD also need human connection and understanding to recover from these. 

Telling your story, what happened to you, being listened to and heard is part of trauma recovery. Few people with LD get this opportunity and their distress is pathologised rather than seen as a normal response to trauma. 

This presentation will use films made by LD service users to tell their story and find a voice to challenge powerlessness and shows that as Dr Lucy Johnstone states, we should ask ‘what happened to you?’ not ‘what’s wrong with you?’.

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.

 

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