Psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the field
In this paper I will present Grow2Grow, a mental health recovery project for young people aged 14-24 based at Commonwork, an organic farm in Kent. The paper will look at how working on the land and with animals can be informed by psychoanalytic ideas and how interpretation can be used outside the consulting room. I will present the model we have developed and outcomes so far.
About the Speaker
Paula Conway is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience working with children, young people, adults and families, in all settings, from outpatient clinics to psychiatric residential units and now at Grow2Grow! She is also a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Centre, where she held a senior consultant post managing the Tavistock-Haringey Service, a dedicated mental health service for children and young people in care in Haringey, and was also a member of the NICE Guidelines Professional Development Group for Looked After Children. Paula is the founder and director of Grow2Grow, a social enterprise providing young people with mental health problems therapeutically supported vocational placements at Commonwork, an organic farm, conference and study centre.