Psychoanalytic Thinking on the Unhoused Mind illuminates the psychological underpinnings of current societal problems: homelessness, mental distress, loneliness and states of societal breakdown and exclusion. Illustrated with a broad range of clinical work as well as thoughts on art and literature, the book brings to life complex tensions between the individual psyche, the group, and wider political and cultural structures.
‘Unhoused’ states of mind are explored in rough sleepers, ex-prisoners, survivors of institutional abuse and family trauma, and people living with personality disorder, addiction, psychosis and dementia. Chapters describe outreach, assessment and long-term psychotherapy, as well as reflective practice with staff teams and care systems, and learning from consultation, supervision and policy development. New therapeutic responses to chronic risk and to resilience are developed from psychoanalytic understandings of difficulties with containment and care.
The collection will be of value to psychotherapists and other mental health practitioners, as well as those working in therapeutic, residential and criminal justice settings and outreach services.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Gwen Adshead; Introduction : Gabrielle Brown; Illustrations: Kate Charlesworth; Chapter 1: Housing un-housed minds: complex multiple exclusion and the cycle of rejection revisted: Christopher Scanlon and John Adlam; Chapter 2: ‘There’s no place like home’ On dwelling and unheimlichkeit : June M Campbell; Chapter 3: Being beyond the pale: psychotherapy with people who smell: Gabrielle BrownChapter 4: Homelessness and Containment: June M Campbell; Chapter 5: Women: The Hidden Homeless: Anna Motz; Chapter 6: Elective homelessness and the shadow of the institution: Lessons from the lives of survivors of the Irish Industrial School system: John O’Connor; Chapter 7: ‘You Can Take Stig Out of the Dump, But Can You Take the Dump out of Stig?’: The value of consultation to the homelessness organisation : Liz Greenway; Chapter 8: Chronic Homelessness as a psychic solution: Gabrielle Brown; Chapter 9: ‘Thou should’st not have been old til thou hadst been wise’; Reflections on Mental Homelessness: Margot Waddell; Biographies; Index
Gabrielle Brown, Adult Psychotherapist at Portman Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and Consultant Psychotherapist in Reflective Practice, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Formerly Senior Psychotherapist in the Lifeworks Psychotherapy Team, St Mungo's Homeless Charity, London.