Non ADMP Workshops


*Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy * British Association for Music Therapy *
British Association of Art Therapists * British Association of Dramatherapists*

presents the 32nd Arts Therapies Forensic Conference
Friday 7th November 2014 – 9.30am to 4.30pm
Charity Centre, Directory of Social Change, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP
Forensic Arts Therapies on film: Films made by, with and about forensic patients.

Morning presentation: Trust the Process and press on
‘Trust the process and press on’ is a film made by Kate Rothwell-Johns and Emer Douglas about a client who has worked with Kate for the past 5 years. The film is based on a talk Kate and her client gave at the Saturday Forensic Forum and includes images made in session. What is peculiar about the work is the clients long term forensic history and his use of art therapy post discharge following his acquiring global brain damage several years later. His is an extraordinary and almost unbelievable chain of events told through the medium of film. The process of making the film describes a strong counter transferential reaction to the material and how the clients disability affects the telling of his story.
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, published author, private practitioner and provides educational and examining input for MA Art Therapy UK programmes.

Afternoon presentation1: Bear faced truth
In this presentation he will include ‘Bear Faced Truth’ a film made on Millfields Unit a forensic therapeutic community at the John Howard Centre for men with a diagnosis of dangerous and anti-social personality disorder. The film recounts a small therapy group on the unit with the members as teddy bears from different gangs around East london and the group psychotherapist (played by Dr. Cleo Van Velsen) a bunny rabbit called Dr. Fifi. The bears all talk about what brought them to the unit, their past lives and offences in way that is candid, chilling, moving and at times hopeful.
The presentation will cover themes of the use of narrative, moving image and collaboration within a locked and secure environment and explore the dynamic of an art therapist working within an arts in health context.
Tony Gammidge is an artist, filmaker, art therapist and lecturer at Brighton University He has been running video and animation projects on forensic and psychiatric units for the last seven years and in that time has been involved in the making of around 25 films many of which have won Koestler awards.

Afternoon presentation2:iHide my Face. Hear my Voice.
An exploration of Dramatherapy as a vehicle for authentic expression of thoughts and feelings through film in a medium secure psychiatric hospital.
Forensic patients with mental illness may struggle to find their true voice; to speak about past trauma and abuse, committed by them and to them, without feeling exposed and intruded upon. Dramatherapy invites participants to experience characters that are both ‘of me’ but ‘not me’ and offers the freedom and safety to say what is too painful or inaccessible to be spoken. Concealed behind a literal mask or the cloak of ‘another’ offers a safe distance for expression, which once spoken, can bring about self-realisation and change. The mutually agreed use of camera can adds another dimension to the enactment, allowing the character’s words to be witnessed, mirrored back and where chosen, reviewed and edited for a wider audience, enabling the patient voice to be heard. “Hide my face. Hear my Voice’ is a new film, bringing together footage from a variety of both individual and group Dramatherapy sessions.
Lorna Downing is a Sesame trained Drama and Movement Therapist, CAST supervisor and filmmaker. Since qualifying in 1998, she has worked in a variety of forensic settings, including HMP Holloway and HMP Wandsworth and with Clean Break Theatre Company and has been in post at The John Howard Centre in Hackney, East London since 2004. Published work includes ‘The Key-the curiosity to unlock and look within’ (Sesame Journal Spring 2011) and ‘Corrupt Kings, Seduced Heroines and Incarcerated Monsters’ presented at IAFP conference in Venice 2012. Films include ‘Inside Out’, “Kicking Off’ and ‘Friday Night Fever.’

Cost of Conference £50 including lunch and refreshments.
Current Arts Therapies Students: £35.00 (please provide evidence of student status)

FATAG Booking Form

FATAG is a voluntary body of Arts Therapists aiming to provide continuous professional development and support for Arts Therapists who work with forensic clients or in secure settings.


Roehampton University

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Introduction Days:

November 22

Dance Movement Psychotherapy  Summer School July 19th- 23rd

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation Course   November 1st 2014 – March 28th 2015.

For further information contact / 0208 392 3795


Advanced Practice developments at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: deepening learning & clinical skills, developing leadership & research in innovative practice for Arts Therapists

Queen Margaret University, Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies is supporting the development of:

PgCert, PgDip and MSc in Advanced Practice for registered  Arts Therapists

Part-time and full-time routes available

The aim of this new programme is to support practicing Arts Therapists to meet the NHS objectives of developing Advanced Practitioners in the workplace who meet Level 7 of the Career Framework for Health (Skills for Health 2006) where their professionalism is underpinned by the four pillars of practice: Clinical Practice, Facilitating Learning, Leadership and Research.

The programme will offer Continuous Professional Development credit bearing learning where the student can complete their studies at three exit points. It is designed to attract registered Arts Therapists (Art, Dance, Drama and Music), and some modules may be attractive to practitioners from other fields eg Nursing, Occupational Therapy etc.

In this period of professional uncertainty the programme will encourage originality of thinking, initiate innovative health and social care projects, thus developing confident practitioners who will be agents of change. Arts therapists are increasingly required to seek new methods of application of their skills, adapting them to education, health and community settings. This programme will support students to increase their knowledge and skills relevant to the current challenging employment culture. Elements of the learning experience will include:

  • Deepening the understanding and skills of movement awareness and the nonverbal dialogue to further enhance the client/therapist relationship
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of a clinical  intervention
  • Exploration of key areas to deepen and advanced therapeutic skills
  • Introduce new approaches to Arts based supervision and reflective practice
  • Further application of research skills in clinical practice

Expected start date: January 2015

Acting Programme leader: Susan Scarth MCAT RDMP CMA

Visiting lecturers will be drawn from senior practitioners of Art Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Music Therapy

Contact Susan Scarth to register your interest & for more information



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