The ethic and aesthetic of embracing homelessness: the dangers of feeling at home

Keynote session
Hotel Sheraton

The ethic and aesthetic of embracing homelessness: the dangers of feeling at home

A sense of belonging is closely related to a sense of having a home. Without a sense of home, and the supports that inhere in being «at home», one’s autonomy becomes constricted. And yet, belonging and feeling at home can also be exclusionary. As therapists we risk dispossession in every therapeutic encounter. We use our theories to protect us at times. But in doing so, we constrain what we might learn from out patients. The balance between home and homelessness lies in the aesthetics of dialogue, which opens us simultaneously to dispossession and to to finding ourselves anew. This how our we, our patients and our theories grow and develop.