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.
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. The Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF), a co-produced academic and conceptual resource for practice, acknowledges that the irreducible complexity of a person's response to their circumstances creates a narrative. The PTMF is a welcome attempt to outline a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis.
Dr Lucy Johnstone, who was lead author of the PTM Framework along with Mary Boyle, will summarise its key aims and principles. Amy Sanderson, art therapist, was a member of the project's Service User/Carer consultancy group, and will describe how the Framework can inform and support therapeutic practice in art therapy.