'The Visitors' by Mike Tait: Chapter 4 'Developing conversations in a turbulent environment'.
Saturday 11th December, 2021
Foulkes meets Winnicott is a series of meetings established by Mike Tait (Squiggle Trustee, Group Analyst & Dramatherapist).
“The Visitors” is an imaginative and thought-provoking dramatised approach to illustrating the concepts of Foulkes, Winnicott & De Mare and promoting discussion. The first reading of chapter one for Squiggle in 2020 produced extremely positive feedback with attendees valuing both the content of Mike’s play and the opportunity for interactivity and shared reflection on the issues raised.
“Upon moving towards retirement after 40 years of working in therapeutic communities, I found myself left with a lot of questions which seemed most easily articulated in the shape of a novel – ‘The Visitors’ – which for the purposes of reading in on-line groups took the shape of a play. During a reading of the first 8 chapters over zoom last year, it became clear that the questions had international resonance and the discussion which emerged was as interesting as the play. Several individuals have asked about a reading this year. This is likely to be of interest to those who wish to explore the ideas of Foulkes, Winnicott and de Mare in relation to a variety of themes in an international context.The first chapter asks questions related to judicial responses, the second focuses more on mental health, the third on international conversations about terrorism, the fourth on trying to have a conversation in a community group with people you would normally avoid, the fifth on the nature of boundary, the sixth on meeting at different levels of development, the seventh on inter-generational meeting and the eighth on desire and motivation.”
The series of discussions will take place between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday mornings on Zoom [continuing after the lock down ends to enable international participation] and the format will be as follows
1] international vignettes from participants relating to the theme of the chapter
2] agreeing roles and reading the chapter
Each chapter will be sent out in advance before the reading.
Participants may attend all or some of the readings.