Reflections on offering a therapeutic creative arts intervention with cult survivors : a collective biography

Parsons, AS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3540-5660, Kefalogianni, M, Dubrow-Marshall, L, Turner, R, Ingleton, HD, Omylinska-Thurston, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8329-171X, Thurston, SD ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5326-593X and Karkou, V 2020, 'Reflections on offering a therapeutic creative arts intervention with cult survivors : a collective biography' , International Journal of Coercion, Abuse, and Manipulation (IJCAM), 1 (1) , pp. 47-61.

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Abstract

A new, evidence-based, multimodal, and creative psychological therapy, Arts for the Blues, was piloted with survivors of cultic abuse in a workshop within a conference setting. The five facilitators, who occupied diverse roles and perspectives within the workshop and research project, reflected on their experiences of introducing this novel intervention to the cult-survivor population. In this underreported territory of using structured, arts-based, psychological therapy with those who have survived cultic abuse, the authors used a process of collective biography to compile a firstperson, combined narrative based on those reflections. This approach allows for a visceral insight into the dynamics and obstacles encountered, and the countertransference responses of the facilitators. This reflexive process shined a light into aspects of research and practice that were not all visible to the individual researchers previously, with implications for research ethics, psychological therapy, and creative arts within the cult-survivor field.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Coercion, Abuse, and Manipulation (IJCAM)
Publisher: International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)
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Depositing User: J Omylinska-Thurston
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 08:31
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:22
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58989

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