During this arts & theory based workshop we will consider the visual and imaginative processes that generate signs, symbols, metaphor and motif for ourselves as art therapists and for the clients we work with – drawing on clinical examples as well as personal, visual material.
We will look at the theoretical context with reference to Peirce’s ideas of signs and their significance; Freud’s ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ and Jung’s ‘Man and his Symbols’ as we examine how visual and symbolic narratives have been considered in the art therapy literature.
James D. West, MA, is an Art Psychotherapist working in the NHS, Social Services and Private Practitioner.
Gary Nash, MA, has over twenty years of experience working in adult mental health services, dual diagnosis and homelessness in West London. He is a BAAT registered Supervisor and Registered private practitioner with over 10 years experience.