A specialist therapist from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has taken part in a prestigious international conference in New York.
Janette Goldsworthy, who is a Psychological Therapist/ Art Psychotherapist with the Parent and Infant Mental Health Attachment Team (PIMHAT), funded her own trip to the Big Apple to take part in the Arts in Health Care Conference 2016 in October.
Organised by the International Centre for Art Psychotherapies, it brought together experts from across the globe, including Art Psychotherapist Dr Dominik Havsteen-Franklin, Dramatherapist Holly Dyer-Hall and Music Therapist Dr Mario Eugster. The theme of the conference was ‘The Art of Mentalizing’.
During the conference, Janette took responsibility for curating the arts therapies gallery at the Pratt Institute University building in Brooklyn. This included artwork by art psychotherapists, teachers, service users and some lecturers from across the world. She also took part in discussion groups on how to use mentalization in the arts, which is a form of psychotherapy currently being used by PIMHAT.
As well as sharing best practice in place in the PIMHAT with others from across the globe, Janette also picked up ideas to bring home which could ultimately benefit patients locally, including new approaches to mentalization in parents and infants.
“I jumped at the chance when I was invited to the conference and found the experience absolutely brilliant,” said Janette. “It was a great opportunity to share best practice and learning, and hear from some top speakers from across the globe.
“The keynote speaker was Prof Peter Fonagy OBE, from University College London, who was happy to chat following his presentation and listen to ideas from trusts such as NSFT.
“I was really interested to hear how different countries use mentalization while sharing their enthusiasm for the subject. This is particularly encouraging for the arts therapies in recognising that the arts can be therapeutic in their own right as a form of psychotherapy used in mentalization practice.”
To watch a video about the conference, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIVVQI3hq4g