This presentation weaves together poetry, artwork, reflection and analysis from a research project the presenter conducted in 2010 with a small group of art psychotherapists and counsellors working with young people who are considered to be 'at risk'. Dominant ideas of 'risk' and practices of 'risk management' produce and reproduce risk as a category of human experience (Beck, 1992, 1994, 1998): thereby constituting some young people as 'risky individuals' (Rose, 1996) in need of management, and distributing their therapists along a continuum of successful or failed managers of the risks posed to (and by) young people. This presentation gives a vivid account of the ways in which the therapists in this project have taken up, resisted and/ or mediated an understanding of themselves as ethically and professionally responsible for managing risk, and also how these therapists have challenged the ways that risk discourse attempts to shape their therapeutic relationships with and understandings of young people.
WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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