Arts and Psychotherapy: Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health – International Event

28th Feb 2019, 9:30am - 8:30pm

Performing Arts Centre

This event is now sold out.

What contribution can the arts make to one’s emotional wellbeing and mental health? What is the relationship of the arts and psychotherapy? How can the one field support and celebrate the other, and together provide access to people in emotional distress from diverse sociopolitical backgrounds?

These questions will be explored at a special one-day event featuring talks, workshops and performances.
The event will be a unique opportunity to bring together psychotherapists, artists and arts psychotherapists from the local, national and international community and explore synergies, collaborations and respective contributions. Speakers and participants include the chief executive of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Professor Sarah Niblock, and the commissioning manager at the NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning
Group (CCG), Andy Kerr.

During the event, we will launch the new MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contemporary Creative Approaches, present the new and largest arts therapies trial in mental health care: (the ERA trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research) and welcome lectures, workshops and performances from colleagues and students from the
US, the Netherlands and Latvia.

The event will be of particular interest to artists, psychotherapists and counsellors, mental health practitioners and service providers, educators and policy makers interested in the area of arts and wellbeing. Undergraduate and postgraduate students and those with interest in the area of arts and wellbeing will also be very welcome.

Full Programme

Overview of Programme

Key Note Speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Niblock is the Chief Executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the largest regulatory body for psychotherapists in the UK.  She was appointed as a CEO in 2017 after three decades of experience as a journalist, broadcaster and academic.  She was most recently professor and associate dean at University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design and she has published research on media, trauma and ethics. Sarah is passionate about mental health and psychotherapy. She was born and raised in Merseyside to a single mum and has seen the importance and effects of therapy and positive social change.

  • Andy Kerr, Commissioning Manager at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Programme Delivery Manager for Mental Health, a longstanding contributor to Liverpool’s community arts/fringe scene and a trustee of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (who co-ordinate Liverpool’s arts-based mental health festival), and chair of board of trustees for Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS).

  • Dr Catherine Carr is a music therapist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and Lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Both her clinical work and research focus on arts therapies in NHS mental health services. She is co-Director of the Centre for Mind in Society, and serves on a number of strategic committees including the Council for Allied Health Professions Research and Music Therapy Charity.

  • Dr Irene Dudley-Swarbrick, Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Applied Health and Social Care, Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University
    Irene has a background in women’s studies, medical physics, sociology, and person-centred expressive art (as well as a charter Biologist!). Her journey to Edge Hill has included working in the NHS, the Third Sector, and Lancaster University. She has trained with Dinah Brown – a pupil of Natalie Rogers. With Prof Vicky Karkou she developed the new MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

  • Professor Ross W. Prior, Learning and Teaching in the Arts, in Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton.
    Ross is best known as Principal Editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health, which he established in 2009. He is Professor of Learning and Teaching in the Arts in Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).

  • Professor Vicky Karkou, Faculty of Health and Social Care and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Edge Hill University
    Vicky is the lead researcher on the Arts for the Blues project and lead person for the Arts and Wellbeing research group. A teacher, researcher and psychotherapist, her main research area is around arts psychotherapies and the use of the arts (and improvisation) for health and wellbeing which she explores through a range of qualitative, quantitative and arts-based methodologies.

  • Dr Scott Thurston, Reader in English and Creative Writing, University of Salford
    Scott is a poet, mover and educator working in higher education in Manchester, UK. He is currently the Director of Research for English Literature, Language and Creative Practice research group in the Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre. His research interests are in contemporary innovative British and North American poetry and poetics with a long-standing interest in the relationship between radical dance and movement practices and experimental writing.

  • Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston, Counselling Psychologist, IAPT (North), Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Joanna is a Counselling Psychologist with the Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust and a co-researcher and member of the steering group for the Dancing the Blues project. Joanna is interested in autoethnographic research exploring her development as a counselling psychologist and the role of creativity and spirituality in that journey. She also has a small private practice where she sees Polish clients and supervises. She lives and practices in Manchester.

  • Dr Nisha Sajnani, Director of the Masters in Drama Therapy and Theatre and Health Lab at New York University
    Nisha is a founding member of the World Alliance of Drama Therapy and the principal editor of Drama Therapy Review. Her artistic and written scholarship reflects an interest in improvisation and performance in stimulating discovery and addressing concerns related to difference, identity, migration, and place.

  • Dr Simon Hackett, Principal Art Psychotherapist at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
    Simon’s clinical work is based in NHS secure care and his research focuses on arts therapies in mental health and disability services and participatory arts for health and wellbeing.

  • Indra Majore-Dusele, Lecturer in Riga Stradins University at the Arts Therapies programme in Medicine.
    Indra is a pioneer of dance movement therapy in Latvia. She is also a psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor. Indra is author of numerous publications and co-author of books in DMT, psychotherapy and health psychology. She has been guest lecturer at arts therapies study programmes in UK and Estonia. As DMT Indra has experience working with abused children and adults with chronic illness, now working in private practice. She is also mindfulness teacher and Vipassana meditation practitioner for 20 years.

  • Mary Clayton BA (Hons), music therapist and Co-ordinator of MusicPlace North-West
    Mary qualified as a music therapist at the Nordoff-Robbins Centre in London. She has worked for many years with both children and adults with a range of health and educational needs. Mary is currently Co-ordinator of MusicPlace North-West, a Liverpool based music therapy charity that provides music therapy services in Merseyside and Cheshire. She works as a therapist with groups of adults in several mental health settings run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. She also has a special interest in neurology and works in the Stroke Centre at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, providing music therapy for patients recovering from stroke.