People

Dr Chris Nicholson

Head of Department - Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Chris Nicholson
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873075

  • Location

    4SB.6.18, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday - 9 - 12 Thursday - 9 - 12

Profile

Biography

I teach a course on Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations for those working with, or interested in working with troubled and traumatised children and adolescents. Before joining the Department, I worked in a range of children's services for over ten years. Among other roles I was the Admissions and Assessment Officer at the Jacques Hall Foundation and Therapeutic Services Manager at Donyland Lodge, both therapeutic communities for traumatised adolescents. I completed my doctoral thesis on the poet Robert Graves in 2007. Entitled The Enduring Wound: Re-contextualising Goodbye to All That, The White Goddess and the Poetry of Robert Graves, the issues a psychodynamic frame to place Graves' life and key writings in the light of his traumatic war experiences, and explores connections between trauma and modernism. I am currently a Trustee of The Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities, a Fellow of the International Institute of Child & Adolescent Mental Health and sit on the Editorial Board of Gravesiana, the Journal of the Robert Graves Society. I have published papers in the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities and in Gravesiana, and am regular speaker at the bi-annual Robert Graves conferences among others. My book, co-edited with Professor Michael Irwin and Dr Kedar Nath Dwivedi, Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches was published in January 2010.

Qualifications

  • 2007 University of Northampton: PhD Higher degree by research: The Enduring Wound: Re-contextualising Goodbye to All That, The White Goddess, and the Poetry Of Robert Graves

  • 2004 St Helena Hospice - Grief Support Training Programme Group work on the art therapy-based S.T.A.R.S. programme supporting children, adolescents, young adults and adults in processing grief

  • 2004 Tavistock & Portman Clinic: Children in Transition (Part 2), Finding and Sustaining Placements for children who need Substitute Families

  • 2003 2004 Tavistock & Portman Clinic: Children in Transition (Part 1), Frameworks for Assessing and Working with Children who need Substitute Families

  • 2001 University of Northampton: Postgraduate Research Training Programme

  • 1999 Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust & OPUS: Containment for Growth: Managing Authority & Responsibility in Residential Care & Treatment Disruptive & Disturbed Young People

  • 1997 1998 Canterbury College: City & Guilds 325/2 Foundation Management for Care NCFE 3701/2.

  • 1998 - 1998 Canterbury Collage: Certificate in Basic Counselling Skills (for Children & Young People)

  • 1994 1997 University of Kent at Canterbury: BA (Hons) English Literature/Philosophy

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Issues facing looked after children, particularly trauma, transitions and leaving care

Assessment of children and adolescents

Therapeutic Communities

Current research

The application ofa psychodynamic approach to the particular problems faced by young people who are preparing to leave the care system.

Alongside this, andas a more substantial project, I will be writing about looked after children and the theoretical models utilised by professionals managing them in children's homes and Therapeutic Communities.

Conferences and presentations

2011 Community of Communities Annual Forum College Centre for Quality Improvement: All Therapeutic Communities use a psychodynamicapproach, whether they call it that or not

2010Association of Therapeutic Communities Annual Conference: Relational Ruptures The Psychodynamics of Leaving Care

2010 Care Matters Annual Leaving Care Conference: Who will I be now? - Deracinated Identities in Leaving Care

2009 Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies: Open Seminars Series:No More Ghosts: The Exorcism of Traumatic Memory in Children & Adolescents

2007 Eight International Robert Graves Conference St John College Oxford: 'The needle dips and pokes': Graves, Childhood & Psychoanalysis

2004 Jacques Hall Conference - London: No More Ghosts Visions, Graves & Nightmares in Traumatic Memory

2004 Sixth International Robert Graves Conference British Institute, Paris: From All That To All This - Trauma, Repressions And Integration

2003 Jacques Hall Conference Chelmsford: Dear little monsters Adolescence, Attachment & Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

2000 5 Various articles published in the quarterly Joint Newsletter of Therapeutic Communities

1998 Robert Graves & The White Goddess Manchester University: Memorial Tribute to the Poet & Author Martin Seymour-Smith

1995 Robert Graves Centenary St Johns College, Oxford University: The Battle of Being & Thinking (in the work of Robert Graves)

Teaching and supervision

  • Critical Analysis of Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (PA121)

  • Therapeutic Work in Groups (PA129)

  • Group Relations and Professional Life (PA133)

  • Organisational Dynamics (PA211)

  • Mentoring and Supervision (PA212)

  • Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach (PA223)

  • Advanced Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice (PA224)

  • Violence and Projective Processes in Individuals and Society (PA225)

  • Reflective Practice (PA226)

  • Work-based Learning for Therapeutic Care (PA227)

  • Organisational Dynamics - Theory (PA229)

  • Therapeutic Communication Skills (PA251)

  • Dissertation (PA254)

  • Psychodynamics of Trauma (PA404)

  • Non-Psychodynamic Approaches to Practice (PA700)

  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice (PA124)

  • Therapeutic Practice and Responsibility: Statutory Frameworks (PA126)

  • Observation Skills and Reflective Practice (PA128)

Publications

Journal articles (2)

Nicholson, C., (2014). But it still goes on: Therapeutic communities today. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling. 16 (1), 77-86

Nicholson, C., (2009). Monster in the Closet. YoungMinds Magazine. 103

Books (1)

Nicholson, C., Irwin, M. and Dwivedi, KN., (2010). Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 9781843104377

Book chapters (5)

Nicholson, C., (2010). Approaching Trauma. In: Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches. Editors: Nicholson, C., Irwin, M. and Dwivedi, KN., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 9781843104377

Nicholson, C., (2010). Creating the Self through Self-Harm. In: Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches. Editors: Nicholson, C., Irwin, M. and Dwivedi, KN., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 145- 157. 9781843104377

Nicholson, C., (2010). Dear Little Monsters: Attachment, Adolescence and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In: Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches. Editors: Nicholson, C., Irwin, M. and Dwivedi, KN., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 217- 233. 9781843104377

Nicholson, C., (2010). No More Ghosts: The Exorcism of Traumatic Memory in Children and Adolescents. In: Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches. Editors: Nicholson, C., Irwin, M. and Dwivedi, KN., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 41- 62. 9781843104377

Nicholson, C., (2010). The 'Rights' of Passage: Initiation Rites and Self-Harm in Adolescents. In: Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches. Editors: Nicholson, C., Irwin, M. and Dwivedi, KN., . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 131- 144. 9781843104377

Contact

cnich@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873075

Location:

4SB.6.18, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday - 9 - 12 Thursday - 9 - 12