This year's Beyond the Therapy Room is being held at St Thomas Centre in Manchester (M12 6FZ) on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Susan Rudnik - Art Psychotherapy at Grenfell Tower

Susan Rudnik is a state registered Art Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Since qualification in 2006 Susan has specialised in working with children and adolescents working within the NHS, schools and in private practice. Susan is a Lecturer on the MA Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths and a member of APPG (Art psychotherapy Practice Group) and founder of Latimer Community Art Therapy.

The talk will be about the art psychotherapy work in the community following the Grenfell Tower fire. From the beginning of the establishment of a safe space following such a catastrophic rupture in containment, to the setting up of a service that exists in spaces that may not usually be associated with traditional therapy spaces. The importance of psychodynamic art psychotherapy as an intervention in this trauma will be considered through the group and individual work that took place in the immediate aftermath. I also offer some reflections on the neo-liberal economic system in which we find ourselves attempting to repair the community.

Sally Holland - Children's Commissioner for Wales

Established in 2001, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales is the independent human rights institution for children and young people in Wales. The organisation’s principal aim is to safeguard and promote the rights and welfare of children and young people.

Sally’s priorities include mental health and well-being, effective anti-bullying strategies, reducing inequalities and improving transitions to adulthood for those who have ongoing support and care needs. She is campaigning for equal protection in the law for children from physical assault and hopes to see all public bodies in Wales adopt and implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Sally will be speaking about her guide, ‘The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales’ which enables public bodies in Wales to embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in their work. Sally will speak about the role of all professionals and people working with children in supporting their physical and emotional health and well-being. A copy of the ‘The Right Way’ can be found here: http://bit.ly/TheRightWayCCfW

Owls - Problem Solving Booths

Owls Social Enterprise vision is a world where anything is possible through collaboration and where communities are listened to and looked to for solutions. We achieve our vision by making it our mission to work across boundaries and to use psychology in new and more creative ways.

Harriet Mills, Clinical Psychologist in Training, will be presenting on behalf of the Owls Team. The team consists of Director Dr. Charlie Howard and Dr. Nina Browne, who are trained as Clinical Psychologists but bring specialist expertise in Community Psychology, and Lisa Clarke as Operations Director.
Content will cover an introduction to Owls, and how psychology can move away from the clinic and onto the streets, working in more creative ways. Harriet will then cover the Story of Problem Solving Booths including showing a short video clip and an opportunity to give it a go on the day.  The presentation with finish with how Owls are currently scaling Problem Solving Booths world wide, giving the concept away and encouraging people to try it in their own communities.

Follow them on Twitter @Owls_org


"Camerados is a social movement that believes the answer to all our problems is each other. Rather than be a "service" this movement encourages people to find the solutions in each other through simple, human connection. People in the movement create public living rooms where they can connect and look out for each other over a cuppa, beside a piano, just hanging out. no appointment times, no time limit. It's mutual aid a little like Alcoholics Anonymous just not about alcoholism.

Those who started the movement saw that the common denominator underlying some of society's biggest hairiest problems was isolation and loneliness. What turns this around is when they are asked to help others, it provides two essentials: friends and purpose.

As well as supporting communities to pop-up their own public living rooms the Association of Camerados (the support org for the movement) are also hoping to create them in hospitals using Teepees so if you know a hospital near you tell them to get in touch and get a TeePee! It is the only place in a hospital where Doctors, nurses, patients and visitors share social space and support each other. Be a Camerado and look out for each other - also get in touch with the Association at office@camerados.org."

Mark Brown - Young People and Mental Health

Mark Brown does a variety of mental health stuff including supporting digital projects, supporting organisation to make things happen and writing, speaking and training. 

"What does it mean to be a young person with mental health difficulties in the UK in 2018?"

The meaning of mental health difficulty is not fixed. Every year more young people find themselves dealing with things that feel beyond their resources to sort out. How does the emerging generation of young people understand their difficulties and what they mean, and what does that mean for those trying to make the world better for them?

Follow him on Twitter @MarkOneinFour


The INTEGRATE approach is an evidence-based and co-produced approach to mental health service delivery developed by MAC-UK, excluded young people and partners to address these health and social inequalities (Zlotowitz et al., 2016) and has been recognised as best practice in multiple UK NHS and Youth Justice policy reports (eg Future in Mind, 2015).

INTEGRATE projects incorporate both mentalization-based clinical practice (AMBIT) and community psychology practice, such as social action, to transform the systems around young people. The projects have engaged with London's most excluded young people in their community, such as those labelled as 'gang members'. The projects are multi-agency, working in partnership with the local NHS Trust, the police and the local authority and of course young people.

Clinicians and youth employees from MAC-UK will share some core aspects of our learning about co-producing services with young people. We will include a short piece of film that has been written and directed by young people about their perspective on their life experiences, services and communities.

Visit their website www.mac-uk.org and follow them on Twitter @macukcharity

Steven Killick- Storytelling Psychology

Steve is a clinical psychologist who uses stories and storytelling in his work.    He is a Visiting Fellow at The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of Cardiff.   In 2017 he was storyteller-in-residence for the International Conference of Storytelling and Health and performed at the International Storytelling Festival,  Singapore.  He has written books and papers on using metaphor, stories and storytelling in health  and education settings and also runs workshops on using stories as a both a fun and fundamental form of human communication.