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Maximising positive attachment behaviours... Vicky Armstrong at Attachment & the Arts Conference (2020)

06 March 2020

Vicky Armstrong presenting 'Maximising Positive Attachment Behaviours Through Dyadic Art Therapy With Parents And Infants' at the 2020 Attachment & the Arts conference on 14th November...


This presentation will look at a model of parent-infant art therapy and the theoretical background to this approach. It will focus on a controlled trial currently underway in Dundee, where an interdisciplinary team are looking to measure the outcomes of dyadic art therapy groups on parental well-being and attachment relationships, in particular looking at an observational measure of changes in those behaviours known to be positive in developing secure attachments. Video footage from art therapy sessions will be used to highlight those ways in which art making together can help to maximise positive interactions between dyads and reflect upon potential mechanisms of change. 

Vicky Armstrong is an Art Psychotherapist and Post Graduate Researcher in Psychology. She worked as an art psychotherapist for Barnardo’s with children who’d had traumatic early experiences for 10 years. Looking to develop early interventions she did further training in parent-infant psychotherapy groups and in parent-infant relational assessment tools at the Anna Freud Centre before developing art therapy groups for parents and infants with small grants from the Kerr-Fry trust. She began to work with a psychology researcher at the University of Dundee to pilot ways to measure outcomes from these groups. Together they founded the ‘Art At The Start’ project, a collaboration between University of Dundee and the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, looking at the impact of early art experiences on attachments and wellbeing here

The 2020 Attachment & the Arts conference will be held on Friday 14th November online as a zoom event. A film of the conference will also be accessible afterwards (A fee will also be charged for accessing the conference film as as BAAT relies on proceedings from this event to continue to provide its services to members).   

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 14th November 2020 on Twitter using #AttachmentArts