Who we are (part 2)

Ami Woods (MA in art psychotherapy).

Ami Woods is an art therapist working in Learning Disability and Complex Needs Services in the London Borough of Merton. Ami is a Council member for the British Association of Art Therapists working to develop a stronger service user presence through genuine co-production in research, practise, training and service provision. Ami has also been a mental health service user and it is this dual role experience that has driven her research interests which began with the publication ‘On Learning from being the Inpatient’ (International Journal of Art Therapy, 2011). She has lectured and published on these subjects.

Ami is a founder member of ResearchNet (a service user and service provider collaborative) and has particular interest in evidence based co-design in acute Mental Health. Ami was involved in all levels of the experienced based co-design work on an acute ward where she was an inpatient twice. She led the joint event and has presented her work with the ward manager. Ami co-facilitates a ResearchNet group for adults with Learning Disabilities/Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Mental Health at St Georges Medical School, London.

Relevant publications:

Woods, A., & Springham N (2011) On learning from being the inpatient, International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape. 16 (2) 60-68.

Springham, N., Findlay, D., Woods, A., and Harris, J. (2012) How can art therapy contribute to mentalization in borderline personality disorder? International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape 17 (3) 115-130.


Arts Therapies Team, Jan Malinowski Centre, 114 Riverside Drive, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4BW ami.woods[at]merton.gov.uk  or Tel: 020 8274 5145/5141.


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