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Psychotherapy and Social Justice
How to reach the people who don't find therapy

Saturday 21 January 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Miltiades Hadjiosif

Community psychology: A bridge for psychotherapy and social justice
Community psychology is a recently re-invigorated branch of applied psychology that challenges psychology's heretofore claims to political neutrality. Community psychologists work in diverse settings and are sensitised by a social justice agenda that seeks to promote equality and highlight the detrimental effects of structural inequality, oppression and persecution on mental health. In this brief introduction Miltiades Hadjiosif will bring forth examples of Foucauldian deconstruction to illustrate the importance of discourse in maintaining regimes of oppression. We will then consider how the 'Politics of Affect' constitute a dangerous terrain that threatens to derail the healing power of psychotherapy. In conclusion, he will draw our attention to two important and uncomfortable questions that might be useful to bear in mind for the remainder of this day. Firstly, is psychotherapy a desired intervention by some of the most marginalised groups within society? And secondly, are psychotherapists sufficiently equipped to attend to global inequalities as they manifest at a local level?
10.40   Marion Green

Street Therapy
This presentation is about working therapeutically with women who survive on the streets: women who may be homeless, have multiple physical and mental health diagnoses, substance dependent, abused, certainly traumatised; and working. She will address some of the issues facing the therapist working in Women's Drop-In Centres offering specific provision for women working on the street. The dynamics of building trust: the need for a multidisciplinary team to act as a conduit or broker to enable the therapeutic encounter to take place. She will speak about the physical and emotional environment that needs to be provided in order to attract the women into such a centre and the need for gender specific provision. Marion will share how she learned from the skills and capacities women employ on the street, in order to engage the women in art therapy. She will review the parameters of providing therapy in such settings.
11.20   Coffee
11.50   Maureen Slattery-Marsh

When Needs Must! Crossing unfamiliar thresholds to encounter those who don't find therapy
This session will consider recent initiatives in ICAP (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) to cross the threshold from familiar forms of therapy into new ways of working to enable therapeutic encounter with hard to reach groups, such as survivors of institutional abuse, older men and housebound clients in the Irish immigrant community. How were links made with these groups who are unlikely to access therapy or even to ask for help? When contact is established, how are boundaries negotiated and maintained when offering therapy - especially domiciliary therapy? What culturally sensitive approaches are proving effective? Through the use of composite case material and group discussion we will consider how ICAP's experience can be of relevance and value to practitioners who wish to extend their therapeutic reach.
12.30   Lunch (not Included)
13.40   Discussion
14:00   Yvonne MacNamara

Lessons from a therapy service for Gypsy Roma Traveller women
This talk will share experiences from a project that was set up by The Traveller Movement to offer counselling support to women from the Gypsy Roma Traveller communities who were victims of domestic abuse. The project did not survive. We will explore the learning from this project, and how therapists can better understand the needs of these communities in order to offer more culturally sensitive inclusive services.
14:40   Lennox K Thomas

Refugees: what therapy do they really need?
Refugees have different pre-and post-exodus experiences and they have different psychological needs. It is important to do a thorough assessment and being interested in the client's attachment and developmental history. Being an engaged listener is helpful and therapy will cover many areas, sometimes going backwards and forwards in time and place. Many people seek asylum because of political or sexual persecution others are selected by their family as the one who will be smuggled to the west in order to escape being press ganged into a fighting group. Work with young refugees throws up many mental health problems, depression anxiety trauma dissociation and psychotic episodes triggered some time after the trauma. Therapists will need to draw on many theoretical traditions.
15.20   Tea
16:00   Andy Metcalf

Turning Out
The Free Psychotherapy Network was established some 2 years ago and has been growing and reaching out since then - in part through its widely viewed website. It is part of a movement in Counselling and Psychotherapy that does not only pay attention to the internal dialogue, but also to what is happening at a societal level. We are influenced by the ways open-ended exploratory therapy is now only available to those with disposable income; by the concept of the gift, and by an understanding of how neoliberalism has captured subjectivity. The FPN project is both ongoing and optimistic, while full of dilemmas which will be discussed.
16.40   Discussion
17.00   End

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8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:20 Coffee
12:30 Lunch
15:20 Tea
17:00 End