Dates: Sat 26 May 2012
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm
The practice of art therapy has been slow to embrace the critical and theoretical viewpoints, including feminism, which have made a huge impact in other areas of the humanities and social sciences in recent years. Art therapists are excellently placed, however, to respond to the growing awareness that language and images have a role to play in creating and maintaining gender inequality and the pressures that can lead to mental ill-health among women.
In Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy, leading international practitioners in this field explore the ways in which gender issues can be addressed in art therapy and suggest that by being sensitive to the socio-cultural dimensions of women’s lives therapists can become more receptive to the needs of their female clients.
Within their own specific areas of expertise the contributors challenge the over-reliance on universally applied psychological theory. Case studies illustrate how issues of class, race and gender introduce a social element into what is sometimes described as a purely personal, cathartic process. Chapters also discuss empowerment, sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth, providing a comprehensive survey of women’s issues within art therapy which will prompt a re-evaluation of current training and practice in this field.
Dr Susan Hogan is Professor in Cultural Studies & Art Therapy at the University of Derby’s School of Social Care & Therapeutic Practice and an art therapist in private practice specialising in work with women. She has research interests in the position of women within psychiatry and in women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth.
Contributors: Helene Burt; Jean Campbell; Doris Abra Gaga; Susan Hogan; Val Huet; Judy Jackson; Maggie Jones; S.L. Jones; Susan Joyce; Jane Landes; Marian Liebmann; Miche Fabre-Lewin; Deborah Lupton; Pauline McGee ; Rosy Martin; Dafne Rahavia-Hanauer; Carol Ross; Sally Skaife; Harriet Wadeson.
This is an Open Event at the centre for the launch of the re-issue of the art therapy book by Dr Susan Hogan (ed).[/featured]