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The Unhoused Mind – Homelessness as a Psychic Solution to Unbearable States of Mind
December 7, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm£15 – £35
In this talk, Gabrielle Brown will be taking themes from her recent book about how ‘voluntary’ homelessness can be seen as a means of managing unbearable internal psychological states on the part of the homeless person
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for any student, professional or volunteer interested in, or working with those who live on the margins: the homeless, refugees, criminal offenders.
About Gabrielle Brown:
Gabrielle is a forensic psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic in London. The Portman is an NHS Clinic offering psychoanalytic psychotherapy to people with problematic sexual behaviour and/or problems of violence. She is also a Consultant Psychotherapist in Reflective Practice at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She was previously a psychotherapist working with the homeless.
She recently edited a book: ‘Psychoanalytic Thinking on the Unhoused Mind’, in this book, she and her co-authors illuminate the psychological underpinnings of current societal problems: homelessness, mental distress, loneliness and states of societal breakdown and exclusion. The book is illustrated with a broad range of clinical work as well as thoughts on art and literature, and it brings to life complex tensions between the individual psyche, the group, and wider political and cultural structures.
‘Unhoused’ states of mind are explored in rough sleepers, ex-prisoners, survivors of institutional abuse and family trauma, and people living with personality disorder, addiction, psychosis and dementia. Chapters in this book describe outreach, assessment and long-term psychotherapy, as well as reflective practice with staff teams and care systems, and learning from consultation, supervision and policy development. New therapeutic responses to chronic risk and to resilience are developed from psychoanalytic understandings of difficulties with containment and care.