Katherine Killick

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2017:  Art Therapy for Psychosis: Theory and Practice ed. Katherine Killick London:Routledge

Art Therapy for Psychosis presents innovative theoretical and clinical approaches to psychosis that have developed in the work of expert clinicians from around the world. It draws on insights that have emerged from decades of clinical practice to explain why and how specialised forms of art therapy constitute a particularly appropriate psychotherapeutic approach to psychosis.

The contributors present a diverse range of current theoretical perspectives on the subject, derived from the fields of neuroscience, phenomenology and cognitive analytic theory, as well as from different schools of psychoanalysis. Collectively, they offer insights into the specific potentials of art therapy as a psychotherapeutic approach to psychosis, and describe some of the specialised approaches developed with individuals and with groups over the past 20 years. Throughout the book, the meaning and relevance of art-making as a medium for holding and containing unbearable, unthinkable and unspeakable experiences within the psychotherapeutic setting becomes apparent. Several of the chapters present detailed illustrated case studies which show how making visual images with an appropriately trained art psychotherapist can be a first step on the path into meaningful relatedness.

This book offers fresh insights into the nature of psychosis, the challenges encountered by clinicians attempting to work psychotherapeutically with people in psychotic states in different settings, and the potentials of art therapy as an effective treatment approach. It will be essential reading for mental health professionals who work with psychosis, including psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and arts therapists, and those in training.

1997 : Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis ed. with Joy Schaverien London:Routledge

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis reveals the unique role of art therapy in the treatment of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with clinical material and artwork created by clients, experienced practitioners describe their work in a variety of settings. Writing from different theoretical standpoints they reflect the current creative diversity within the profession and its links with psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychiatry.In part I specific issues involved in working with psychosis are explored. These include discussion of the therapeutic relationship, the process of symbolisation, the nature and meaning of art made by psychotic patients and the interplay between words and pictures. Part II recounts the history of art therapy and psychosis, tracing its origins in art, to its present-day role as a respected treatment in psychiatric, community and therapeutic settings.Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends the existing theory, develops analytical approaches in art psychotherapy and offers innovative perspectives for students and practitioners on the treatment of borderline states as well as psychosis.

Chapters in Books

1995 : Research in Art Therapy with people who have psychotic illnesses (with Helen Greenwood) Art and Music:Therapy and Research eds. Gilroy, A. & Lee, C. London: Routledge.

1995 : Working with Psychotic Processes in Art Therapy Psychosis:Understanding and Treatment ed. Ellwood, J. London: Jessica Kingsley

2000 : The Art Room as Container with Analytical Art Psychotherapy with Patients in Psychotic States The Changing Shape of Art Therapy eds. Gilroy, A., McNeilly, G. London: Jessica Kingsley

2007 : Working with Ambivalence in the Clinical Supervision of Art Therapists Supervision in Art Psychotherapy ed. Schaverien, J. and Case, C. London and New York: Routledge

2014 : 'Soundless Screaming: Psychotic Anxiety and Analytic Containment' pp 859-66 Copenhagen 2013 : 100 years on: Origins, Innovations and Controversies Proceedings of the 19th Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology ed. Kiehl, Emilija Switzerland: Daimon Verlag

Journal Articles

1991 : The Practice of Art Therapy with Patients in Acute Psychotic States Inscape: Winter

1993 :  Working with Psychotic Processes in Art Therapy Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 7:1

1997 : Unintegration and Containment in Acute Psychosis British Journal of Psychotherapy 13:2

2017: Art Therapy and Psychotic States of Mind New Associations 23:Summer

Book and Journal Reviews

2001 : Book Review: ‘The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice’ by Joy Schaverien (Jessica Kingsley 1999) Journal of Analytical Psychology 46:2 379-81

2003 : Journal Review: ‘Marion Milner, mysticism and psychoanalysis’ by Janet Sayers (IJPA 2002 83:1) Journal of Analytical Psychology 48:4 523-5

2007 : Journal Review: ‘Analytic Intuition: A Meeting Place for Jung and Bion’ by Sherly Williams (BJP (2006) 23:1) Journal of Analytical Psychology 52, 515-17

2008 : Book Review: 'Resonance of Suffering: Countertransference in non- neurotic structures' ed. Green, Andre Journal of Analytical Psychology 53:2 291-3