From TC Open Forum
(This is a bit of clipart that I have edited and used to my advantage, fortunately the monkey, or rather Chimpanzee, is left handed!!)
I have been an avid producer of tc and therapy related cartoons. I'm not sure whether others have also done this?
On the other cartoon pages I have organised the cartoons according to where I was working when I drew them. Mostly the cartoons refer to what is happening at the time so there is a chronology to them. There is also a development of style and technique noticeable over the years.
I've always been a doodler and have drawn the odd cartoon in my youth. I first started doing more cartoons at the Henderson. There was a write on/wipe off noticeboard outside the surgery at the Henderson (This was the 'm.e.'s board'). One week when I was surgery nurse I drew a house, tree, car and hills on the bottom of the notice board. Later on that day a resident added to the cartoon with a volcano and clouds and smoke etc. I got 'told off' for cartooning on the m.e.'s board and told not to do it again. This prompted the comandeering of a notice board opposite the 9.15 as 'The unoffical comedy notice board'. This lasted some while and people contributed to the notice board with their own cartoons.
In general I work to 2 guiding principles whilst doing cartoons:
1. No caricatures: Having learnt my 'art' in the context of TC's I know how easy it is to offend people. I try not to represent anyone in particular in my work. I may represent their actions or an aspect of the situation, but not poke fun at the individual.
2. No jokes that rely on bullying, harrasment, sexism, racism or any other process where one laughs 'at' a person or group of people.
Here is the first cartoon:
This cartoon was drawn in 2003. This was one that appeared in the TC Newsletter. The joke is very simple. I still find it funny!
Now here are some more ( I will write some explanation of their context at a later date):
This cartoon was drawn just before I left Webb House at the end of April 2003. At this point the cartoons had become a part of the institution rather than a rebellious expression.
This cartoon is a later addition to the "reality confrontation" cartoon that was one of the Henderson Hospital 1999 Calendar Cartoons. I will add these cartoons to this collection when I have scanned them in. The inspiration came from lambasting Rapoport's 4 themes: reality confrontation, permissiveness, communalism and democratisation (I think!). Hypocritical feedback was another aspect of TC life. Physic heal thyself!
This cartoon is a bit later, exploiting the 'reality confrontation' idea to create a bit of an in-joke. i.e if you know the other cartoons you might find this one funny.
This is an early cartoon (I started at the Henderson in January 1997). It illustrates the state people got into after doing a month as Top 3. I used to regularly work Tuesday nights which was the day after elections. Elections were held monthly and would often be quite difficult experiences. This would mean that the new top 3 and the old top 3 would meet at that evenings summit meetings to give support/encouragement/laugh at the new top 3. Top 3 would often end up tired and with sore hands from knocking on doors to let people know about referred meetings. Again the joke revolves around a play on words: PTSD and Post Top3 Stress Disorder.
This cartoon was drawn after a meeting to discuss the lottery funded Research on what makes TC's therapeutic with Jan Lees and Nick Manning at Nottingham. I think this was some time in 2000. The point I'm trying to make is that we are people studying other people. I guess it is trying to say something about the resonance that occurs in TC's between staff and residents, the researchers and the researched.
This cartoon was another that appeared on the ATC Newsletter. I had stopped working in TC's by this time and was working in a Psychological Therapies Department in Wales. The DOH Document, PD No longer a Diagnosis of Exclusion had recently been published (January 2003). It is a comment on the usual in/out of hospital that a lot of people have experienced. This time it is seen as a 'therapy' in the style of the Alphabetti Spaghetti Therapies (DBT, RET, CBT, CAT, even MBT).
This cartoon was drawn at the same time as the other lottery funding ones. I think I'd gone by train so it was a good opportunity to draw. The joke turns very simply on the similarity beween "psychopath" and "cycle path". It was a comment on the upsurge in interest in Personality Disorder in general and DSPD in particular.
These 2 previous cartoons were drawn just before I left Webb House. They are just a bit silly really. I quite like silly jokes. Notice the Giraffe's tongue, which looks a bit like a puppy dogs'?
This cartoon is again from July 2000 and the Nottingham Research Meeting. We had gone through the battery of tests that would be given to people in the study and it seemed a bit like a restaurant or a 'chippy'. The joke is about turning these research questionnaires into a food menu, people choosing them as they choose their evening meal. This cartoon would probably only appeal to the few researchers that knew the context for the joke.
I don't realy remember how old this cartoon is. I think I drew it around 2001 or so. It might've been influenced by Dr. Ian Kerr, who was a SPr at Henderson when I was there and he was very much into Vygotsky, CAT etc.
This cartoon was drawn whilst I worked at Henderson Hospital. It shows death having to go to Surgery (this was where the Nurse would see people, where any analgesia was kept and wounds assessed and treated). One of the guarantees that someone might be asked to give in a referred meeting was to 'hand their sharps in'. This was interesting dynamically as the staff were asked to hold the sharp damaging objects in a safe way. Often what would happen is that these sharps would never be returned and we ended up with a massive box of lethal or at least pointed objects. I thought it would be funny that 'Death' would have to hand his scythe in to surgery.
P.S. This is a small sample. To explore further go here:
Maybe add your own stuff as well?