The book Aradale: The Making of a Haunted Asylum is not about ghosts but rather the book argues that the notion of haunting in certain buildings or places serves as
The book Aradale: The Making of a Haunted Asylum is not about ghosts but rather the book argues that the notion of haunting in certain buildings or places serves as a link and witness to the past; that which was once alive is now dead, yet still present. The book attempts to trace Aradale’s traumatic 152 year history; it also explores the changing approaches to mental illness and its treatment, and from an analytical perspective reflects on the reasons for the repetitious and continuing terrible failures of the asylum as it adapted to each change. It is of particular interest that ‘talking therapies’ were never adopted as part of the therapeutic practice at Aradale and this ties in closely to the argument that Aradale’s failures were not incidental or accidental but an inevitable result of the place mental illness has played in the psyche of western culture. The numerous name changes over Aradale’s controversial history reflect these changes in approach to mental health from the asylum’s origin and throughout its history, each phase beginning with high ideals and ever evolving great expectations and disappointments from the treatment of mental illness until its closure in 1998. Aradale is the common name that is used by most people today, hence the first part of the book’s title but the other part of the title refers to the legacy of Aradale’s shocking history, a hotly contested legacy that haunts the memory and narrative concerning the complex.
Sharn Waldron is a Scottish/ Australian who lives and works in Geelong Australia. Sharn has trained in Family therapy, Couple therapy and in work with individuals. She has worked as a psychotherapist in Industry, the Military, Community Health, Community Services and in private practice. Sharn holds a Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies from La Trobe University Melbourne. She has written articles and papers for the Australian Journal of Psychotherapy, NHS (UK), Pears Cyclopeadia (Penguin Books), Mantis (South Africa), Quadrant (New York), Journal of Religion and Health (New York), Journal of Folklore (UK), Australian Scholarly Publications, Review de Psychologie Analytique and the Journal of Analytical Psychology (UK). Sharn is a UKCP registered Jungian Analyst and Supervisor. She is currently a member of the AJA, IAAP and ANZAP.
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