Book Launch: Liberation Practices: Towards Emotional Wellbeing Through Dialogue

Co-Investigator on the Uncertain Journeys project Sue Clayton, and her colleague Dr Gillian Hughes, have co-written a chapter in this collection on Liberation Practices in psychology- on working with young refugees through film, theatre and the creative arts. The chapter is entitled ‘the use of film and creative media to liberate young refugee and asylum seeking people from disempowering identities’.

HamedullahSue : “How does someone construct their identity? I saw in separated refugee children, a sort of exaggerated form of what we all go through.”

Gillian: By giving the video cameras to the young men, they became authors of their own stories – they had control over the questions asked as well as the responses, and this seemed to position them as survivors rather than victims. Izat commented: “I got to interview my friends. We talked about how to help people who have just arrived in the UK. It was good.”

Sue Clayton and Gillian Hughes have both worked with refugees and separated young people seeking asylum, many of whom are boys from Afghanistan aged from around 16 to 20 – Gillian in her capacity as a clinical psychologist and family therapist, and Sue as a documentary film maker.

Both have developed projects drawing on empowering discourses to enable young people to explore issues they face around trauma and loss, and to help find strategies that will enable them to build a healthy sense of self as well as resist the negative identities constructed within the multiple social contexts in which their lives are embedded.  


Liberation Practices: Towards Emotional Wellbeing Through Dialogue

Liberation PracticesLiberation psychology is an approach that aims to understand trauma, mental health difficulties and wellbeing with respect to power and the wider social contexts of marginalisation, oppression, discrimination and adversity. Liberation Practices: Towards Emotional Wellbeing Through Dialogue, explores how wellbeing can be enhanced through dialogue which challenges oppressive social, relational and cultural conditions and which can lead to individual and collective liberation.

Taiwo Afuape and Gillian Hughes have brought together a variety of contributors, from a range of mental health professions and related disciplines, working in different settings, with diverse client groups. This book is a product of multiple dialogues about liberation practices, between service providers, and dialogues between service provider and service users. Liberation Practices will have a broad readership, spanning clinical psychology, psychotherapy and social work.


The book launch will be a relaxed event featuring some posters by some of the authors of the chapters, with some details about their chapter and why readers should read it.

When? – 6th September 2016

What time? – 5.30-7.30pm

Open for viewing of book chapter posters from 5.30. Book launch starts at 6.00pm

Where? – Belsize Community Library, Antrim Grove, London NW3 4XN. 020 7078 7483

Please contact either Taiwo Afuape on:; 07748840596, or Gillian Hughes on: for further details, or register at: