Trailer for Invisible England Documentary

Original music by Mathew Wood

This is a trailer for a documentary that will be available on the blog shortly. It will include an interview with the survivor who wrote the first-hand account of the therapy that can be seen  elsewhere in this blog. This young man experienced many years of severe anxiety and trauma after undergoing a two-year programme of Holding Therapy in the UK – he continues to undergo (non-intrusive) therapy even now. A remarkable resilience has enabled him to tell his story.

The full documentary will include an interview with Professor Jean Mercer and a US survivor of Holding Therapy (who is referred to in Professor Mercer’s British Journal of Social Work article). There will also be an update on the legal and criminal investigations that are now being conducted into this programme of H.T.

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6 responses to “Trailer for Invisible England Documentary

  1. I would really like to know all of what this young man says, but it is difficult to hear. More subtitles would be helpful.

    I am so glad “Invisible England” is making a documentary on Attachment/Holding Therapy. Good luck to you!

  2. Yes, good luck and I will happily do all I can to publicize this over at my blog (as this film was brought to my attention via a comment on an article I wrote on Le Packing) xx

  3. I would like to point out comments, presumably by social workers, confirming that Holding Therapy is done in the UK. You might want to contact these people to interview for your film. I found this comment is of particular interest:

    http://www.communitycare.co.uk/carespace/forums/holding-therapy-and-its-prevalence-in-the-uk-12866.aspx

    “Some time ago, going back to November last year there was a thread on the subject of How does your council define ‘therapy’?

    “Myself and one other subscriber raised the subject of ‘Holding Therapy’ – otherwise known as ‘Attachment Therapy’ – a form of treatment to address a perceived disorder called RAD – Reactive Attachment Disorder.

    “AT/Holding Therapy derives from US theories on the treatment of RAD. It doesn’t have an empirical evidence base and is, in many circles, regarded as a dangerous ‘quack’ form of therapy. The therapy itself is a corruption of Attachment Theory, as defined and researched into by the likes of John Bowlby. Attachment Therapy though shouldn’t be confused with ‘Attachment-Based Therapy’ which provides for an evidence base through peer-reviewed practise and research, and itself has ‘Attachment Disorder’ – not RAD – only roughly defined.

    “AT/Holding Therapy has been associated with a number of serious incidents, resulting in the death and injury of children subjected to it. The most famous death was that of 10-year-old Candace Newmaker – though this was through the incorporation of ‘rebirthing’ therapy in AT/Holding Therapy specifically.

    “The therapy is specifically targeted at adopted or fostered children, or those being prepared for placement. The idea is that its use will address behavioural issues that will aid a successful placement. Unfortunately that is a simplified explanation, as the take-up of AT/Holding Therapy in the US is very much associated with US-centric beliefs in child discipline that don’t easily transfer to the UK.

    “In the thread in November there was justifiable concern expressed that although AT/Holding Therapy had been known to have been employed in the UK in the past, there was nothing to suggest it was in current use.

    “As the discussion wound-up on the thread, I was approached by a child protection social worker working in the north-of-england. She provided a degree of information that had never been hinted-at in the past.

    “In November 2011 a police investigation into the use of AT/Holding Therapy at a UK location was commenced, and I believe that investigation is still-ongoing.

    “Why is all this relevant? Well, the Coalition governments emphasis on increasing the pace of adoption placements may well have the unfortunate consequence in encouraging some LA’s to investigate the use of AT/Holding Therapy if they become tempted by the belief that it will improve the prospects for successful placements. The risk of course is that some might choose to employ AT/Holding Therapy at the very moment that an increased knowledge of its use in the UK runs the risk of a criminal prosecution and almost certainly, retrospective civil redress.

    “But the real question is – is AT/Holding Therapy being used at this very moment in the UK?

    “Unfortunately the answer is, using documentation from those employing it, a most definate yes.”

  4. avalon111

    I was the OP for the post LindaRosa reprinted above.

    Unfortunately CommunityCare have declined to allow further postings on the thread, but have declined to provide a reason.

    In the event they continue to fail to provide a suitable excuse for the censorship, the issue will be taken up with their publisher – Reed Publishing, who have and are taking a long and intensive look at the management of Community Care.

  5. Estelle Beninson

    I have been a long term member of a group called Witness, and run my own local group Psycon, both groups combat psychotherapy abuse, although Witness can no longer offer victim advice. I have also contributed my story to a book Broken Boundaries, pub. by Lulu, six accounts of therapy that damaged.

    Yes, there are weird therapies around and there are long standing attempts to control therapists, currently not effective enough.

    I was didnt undergo holding therapy, but Broken Boundaries has one tale of
    similar abuse. If anyone wants further details, please email me.
    Estelle

    Estelleb@talktalk.net

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