FATAG is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide support, advice and opportunities for continuing professional development for arts therapists working in forensic or secure settings and trainee arts therapists on clinical placement in forensics.
ADVANCE INFORMATION - FORENSIC ARTS THERAPIES: ANTHOLOGY OF PRACTICE AND RESEARCH - Edited by Kate Rothwell
The field of forensic arts therapies is dynamic and diverse, and so this unique volume covers a fascinating range of work. It brings together a collection of presentations given at FATAG conferences, case studies, research, new developments in theory, and explorations in the peculiarities of forensic arts therapies: art, music, drama, and dance.
Bear faced truth
In this presentation Tony Gammage included '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.
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.
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.