The Image and Methods of Interpretation in Art Therapy: An expressive arts approach
During this art & theory based workshop we will examine the centrality of visual and non-verbal processes in art therapy. We will look at the underpinning theories that aim to define the value and importance of visual language and symbolic speech that clients in art therapy express and communicate through.
The act of witnessing will be a central part of the day using pairwork to expand the methods we use to interpret images. Verbal and non-verbal interpretation will be used as we bring an ‘expressive arts therapy’ approach to the traditional psychodynamic theoretical frame. We will explore questions such as – ‘When do art therapists interpret?’ and ‘How do we work together with clients in therapy to transact change?’
This workshop will integrate various methods of working with images in order to deepen our understanding, to amplify their possible meanings and to dialogue with the artworks made. The use of movement response will extend the range of interpretive methods available as we respond to the artworks of others.
Gary Nash, Dip. AT, MAAT, has over twenty years art therapy experience working in adult mental health. He is a Baat registered Supervisor and Registered private practitioner.