Saturday, 25 January 2020

Psychology Dept. Research Seminar. 6h Feb' 2020, 12-1pm. Dr Erminia Colucci - Preview of ethnographic documentary: “Breaking the chains: Anto’s Story” about mental illness and human rights abuses in Indonesia

*** Everyone welcome!  No need to book in advance ***

Date: Thursday 6th Feb' 2020
Time: 12-1pm
Room: BG09A, Building 9

Dr Erminia Colucci (Middlesex University) 


Thousands of people worldwide live in isolation, chained, or inside “animal cages”, naked, undernourished and often living in dirty conditions because of mental health problems. This has been identified as one of the most flagrant continuing abuses of the human rights of people with mental illness, particularly in low- resource settings where mental health services are extremely scarce and inadequate. “Breaking the chains: Anto’s story” is a testimony-style collaborative short-documentary (30 min) that depicts the subjective lived experience of Anto, an Indonesian young man who was restrained but was then released and reintegrated in the community as a self-taught artist and English student. This film follows Anto’s journey for 6 years based on his drawings, paintings and narrative, and was co-directed and co-edited with Anto himself. During the presentation, Dr Colucci who was the researcher, director, editor and film-maker on this project, will provide an overview of the issue and show a preview version of this film followed by a Q&A.

~ This talk is aimed at anyone interested in psychology, particularly mental illness and stigma.
Students are encouraged to attend.
Attendance would benefit both undergraduate and postgraduate students from psychology and related fields ~

Dr Erminia Colucci is Senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology at Middlesex University London and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. She uses qualitative and arts-based/visual methods in her research, teaching and advocacy work in Cultural and Global mental health and Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology. Erminia’s work has largely focused on suicide and suicide prevention, human rights abuses, domestic and gender-based violence, and traditional/faith-based healing in Low-and-Middle-Income countries and people from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Erminia is Chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention SIG on Culture and Suicidal Behaviour and the World Association for Cultural Psychiatry SIG on Arts, Media and Mental Health, and Founder of Movie-ment ( Among other projects, she is currently Principal Investigator on a ESRC GCRF ethnographic documentary and participatory video research project on human rights and mental health in Ghana and Indonesia. At Middlesex University London, she co-leads the third year course “Visual Psychology: arts, film and photography in Psychology” (PSY3003) and the MSC by research “Visual and Arts-based methods”. 

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Psychology Dept. Research Seminar. 5th Dec' 2019, 1-2pm - Mia Scally. “frustrated, controlled, confused and mostly helpless”….Women’s experiences of navigating child contact with an abusive ex-partner

*** Everyone welcome!  No need to book in advance ***
Date: Thursday 5th December 2019  
Time: 1-2pm Room: C135, College Building
Mia Scally (Middlesex University)

Background & Aims – Child contact is often used by fathers to continue intimate partner violence and abuse. This presentation aims to discuss women’s experiences of this, including the emotional labour required from survivors attempting to navigate this.

Method – This presentation incorporates findings from three studies: online accounts from 68 women across two forums (publicly available data), case studies from in-depth interviews with four survivors, and a training workshop with professionals working within the field of child contact & IPVA.

Findings – Formal and informal child contact come with their own differing challenges. Both are difficult for survivors to manage safely as a result of the behaviour of their ex-partners. Informal contact often came before formal contact, and usually involved navigating a range of different services, all of which had differing aims, in order to try and ensure the safety of their children. However formal contact arrangements didn’t always result in safer arrangements, with professionals working within the system being perceived to hold gendered beliefs that impacted on the processes and created further trauma for survivors and the children.

Conclusions – Survivor voices and experiences must be taken into account and carefully considered in light of these (and other) findings. The culture within the family court system is having a clear impact on women and children, leading to unsafe contact for all involved.

Mia Scally is a lecturer in Forensic Criminology-Forensic Psychology within the department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex University. Mia has previous experience working within Her Majesty’s Prison Service, and supporting survivors of domestic abuse in her role with Victim Support, and has been research active since undertaking her MSc in Forensic Psychology in 2011/12. Mia is passionate about undertaking applied research that contributes to practice and policy, and most recently was part of the academic panel that contributed to the Victim Strategy.  Mia is currently undertaking a PhD in Forensic Psychology, supervised by Prof. Joanna Adler and Dr. Miranda Horvath.  The presentation will be based on findings from the PhD.