Monthly Archives: January 2003

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Bibliographic Databases for the Arts Therapies

References to articles, books or book chapters on specific arts therapies topics can be found in a variety of databases. The following are available here for staff and students at the University.

PsycINFO
This database produced by the American Psychological Association has references to journal articles, books and book chapters in a wide range of psychology related subject areas as well as in the arts therapies. The database is available via the BIDS services, and you will need to type in your personal ATHENS Account username and password in order to use the service. Details about how to set up your own personal user account with ATHENS, are given on Self Help Guide U3 which is available for registered UH staff and students from the LRC Help Desk.

AMED: Allied and Complementary Medicine .
AMED is compiled and maintained by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library and includes articles from over 500 journals, supplemented by a monthly search for additional relevant material from the Medline database. Subjects covered include arts therapies, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, palliative care, hospice care, chiropractic, hypnosis, reflexology, shiatsu, Chinese medicine, holistic treatments and osteopathy. There are abstracts of the journal articles and it uses a thesaurus based on the Medline MESH thesaurus. The coverage is from 1985. The British Library List of Journals Indexed for AMED

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JOURNALS & NEWSLETTERS IN THE CREATIVE ART-THERAPIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Adapted from:

J.L. SUDRES compilation available here INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF EXPRESSION AND ART-THERAPY (S.I.P.E.)

Founded in 1959 under the Honorary Chairmanship of Professor Jean Delay C.M.M.E. – Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne – 100 rue de la Santé – 75674 Paris Cedex 14 – FRANCE

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IN EUROPE

“Art et Thérapie”, 2 Levée des Grouëts, 41000 Blois (France).

“Art Psychotherapy Review”, Art Therapy Italiana, Via Bille Arti 42, 40125 Bologna (Italie).

“Artension”, Editions Lecerf, 18-28 rue des Bons Enfants, 76000 Rouen (France).

· “Arte-Terapia : Reflexoes”, Instituto Sedes Sapientiae, Rua Ministro de Godoi, 1.484, Perdizes, Sao Paulo (Brésil).

· “British Journal for Music Therapy,” 69 Avondale Avenue, East Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 8NB (Grande Bretagne).

· “Bulletin du CREHAM”, Créativité et Handicap mental, Parc d’Avroy, 4000 Liège (Belgique).

· “Danse Théâtre Journal”, 14 Laurie Grouve, London SE14 6NW (Grande Bretagne).

· “Danse thérapie”, ADEP, 4 rue Lalande, 75014 Paris (France).

· “Disability Arts Magazine”, 10 Woad Lane, Great Coates, Grimsky, DN37 9NUH (Grande Bretagne).

· “Dramatherapy Bulletin”, 6 Nelson Avenue, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 5RY (Grande Bretagne).

· “Expression et Signe” in Revue Française de Psychiatrie et Psychologie Médicale, Médias-Psy, 8 rue Tronchet, 75008 Paris (France).

· “Ex’Prim”, Bulletin de l’Association pour le Developpement de l’Expression Primitive, 4 rue Lalande, 75014 Paris (France).

· “Forum Für Kunsttherapie”, Fachverbandes für Gestaltente Psychotherapie und Kinsttherapie GPK, Postfach, 3000 Bern (Suisse).

· “Inscape”, Journal of the British Association of Art Therapist, 11a Richmond Road, Brighton, Sussex. BN2 3RL (Grande Bretagne).

· “International Journal of Art Therapy”, NHA Communication, 3 rue de la Boëtie, 75008 Paris (France).

· “Jocker – Documents”, Le Bataclown. Domaine de La Robin, 32220 Lombez (France).

· “Journal of Art Therapy”, The Finnish Art Therapy Association, Lohitie 19A2, Espoo, 02170 (Finlande).

· “Journal of Dramatherapy”, Box 98, Kirby Moorside, York Y06 6EX (Grande Bretagne).

· “La Lettre de la SFPE” in Revue Française de Psychiatrie et Psychologie Médicale, 6 rue Sévero, 75014 Paris (France).

· “La Recherche en Danse”, ADEP, 4 rue Lalande, 75014 Paris (France).

· “La Revue de Musicothérapie”, J.L. Mutschler-E. Guedet, Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé Sud, 85026 La Roche sur Yon Cedex (France).

· “Les Cahiers de l’Art Cru”, 34 rue Chantecrit, 33300 Bordeaux (France).

· “Marionnette et thérapie”, 28 rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris (France).

· “Marionnettes”, Union Internationale de la Marionnette, 5 cité Voltaire, 75011 Paris (France).

· “Médecine des Arts”, 715 chemin du Quart, 82000 Montauban (France).

· “Mitteilungsblatt”, Journal of the International Association for Art, Creativity and Therapy (IAACT), Basel (Suisse).

· “Mû”, Association Nationale des Théâtres et Arts Associés, c/o Evelyne Lecucq, 18 rue Gergoire, 75014 Paris (France).

· “Musique, Thérapie, Communication Revue de Musicothérapie”, Atelier de Musicothérapie de Bordeaux, A.M. Bx, 45 rue du Général de Gaulle, 33290 Parempuyre (France).

· “Outsider Bulletin Witte Wolken”, Atelier Herenplaats, 56 Schiedamse Vest, 3011 BD Rotterdam (Pays Bas).

· “Psichologija Tau”, The Human Study Centre, Silo 12-2, Vilnius, Lithuania 2055 (Lithuanie).

· “Quaderni di Arte Terapia”, Art Therapy Italiana, Via Belle Arti, 40125 Bologna (Italie).

· “Revue de Musicothérapie”, Atelier de Musicothérapie de Bordeaux (A.M.Bx), 45 rue du Général de Gaulle, 33290 Parempuyre.

· “Spectrum”, c/03 Beverley Close, East Ewell, Epsom, Surrey (Grande Bretagne).

· “Tijdschrift voor Kreatieve Therapie”, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Kretieve Therapie (NVKT), Fivelingo 253, Untrecht BN 3524 (Pays Bas).

US & CANADIAN CREATIVE ART THERAPY

· “American Journal of Art Therapy” (AJAT), Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpellier, V.T. 05602 (USA).

· “Art Therapy”, The American Art Therapy Association, 1202 Allanson Road, Mundelein, I.L. 60060 (USA).

· “Communiqué”, Association des Art-Thérapeutes du Québec Inc. 5764 Avenue Monkland, bureau 301. Montréal Québec H4A 1E9 (Canada).

· “Creativity in Action”, Creative Education Foundation, 1050 Union Road, Buffalo N.Y. 14224 (USA).

· “Imagens da Transformacao”, Clinica Pomar, Rua Eng. Adel 62, casa 2, Tijuca Rio de Janeiro CEP 20260-210 (Brésil).

· “International Journal of Arts Medicine”, MMB Music, Inc., Contemporary Arts Building, 3526 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101-1019 (USA).

· “Journal of Multicultural and Crosscultural Research in Art Education”, Dept of Art Education, School of Architecture and Allied Arts-University of Oregon, Eugène, O.R. 97403 (USA).

· “Journal of Music Therapy”, 1133 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Suit 1000, Washington DC 2005 (USA).

· “Journal of Musicological Research”, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, N.Y. 14604 (USA).

· “Newsletter – International Networking Group of Art Therapists”, P.O. Box 2844, Conroe. T.X. 77305-2844 (USA).

· “Pratt Institute Creative Art Therapy Review”, Pratt Institute, Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Department, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn N.Y. 11205 (USA).

· “Studies in Art Education”, National Art Education Association, 1916 Association Drive, Reston, V.A. 22091 (USA).

· “The Arts in Psychotherapy”,Pergamon’ Press Inc., 660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591-5153 (USA).

· “The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal”, 216 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R2 (Canada).

· “The Journal of Creative Behavior”, Creative Education Foundation, 1050 Union Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14224 (USA).

ELSEWHERE

· “Japanese Bulletin of Arts Therapy”, Journal of the Société Japonaise de Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, 91 Benten-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162 (Japon).

· “Therapy Through the Arts”, Israeli Creative Expressive Therapies Association, 32 Hatayassim St., Jerusalem 92509 (Israël).

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BODY-CENTERED ART ACTIVITY:
DEVELOPMENT OF LEXITHYMIC BODY AWARENESS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING [1] )

Georg Keller
© COPYRIGHT by Georg Keller and by the German publishing house Verlag Modernes Lernen, Dortmund.

Keller, Georg. Winter 2001. ‘Body Centered Art Activity – Development of Lexithymic Body Awareness in Occupational Therapy and Professional Training,’ The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, ISSN 0832-2473 (CATAJ), Volume 14 Number 2 pp.29-43.

Abstract:
At first this article is pointing out a close connection between body awareness and emotional experience, especially illustrated by body-imageries. Then the term ‘Alexithymy’ and the relationships between medical treatment, body, body scheme, body image, self image and psychotherapy are explained. Afterwards there is a representation of different artistic activities, which can help both students in education and alexithymic patients in therapy to perceive the own body and own emotions clearer and to encounter their fellow men more openly and empathically. Occupational therapy can become a bridge between usual medical treatment and psychotherapy.

Keywords: occupational therapy, art therapy, education, alexithymy, body image, sensory awareness

Introduction

The author is a German occupational therapy teacher. German occupational therapists often apply artistic means in their work in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Some of them receive additional training in art therapy. This article describes body centered art activity as an incentive measure for starting a process of growing self-awareness in short-term therapy with hospitalised patients or in education. Georg Keller, Daniela Keller and Veronika Hofmann M.A./Vermont Coll. did the translation of this article.

1. The outside physiognomy versus the subjective body perception

Even though a person’s outside appearance is usually rather stable, the internal body perception can be completely different and does vary depending on momentary conditions.

Frequently overweight patients draw themselves extremely small, opposite to their visible constitution. Inquired about their drawings in a trusting atmosphere, some of them will tell you they experience themselves small and lost in relation to the large, distant world. Their artwork is expressing their subjective anatomy’ [2] . Thure von Uexküll introduced this term in the context of his work on Psychotherapy of Psychosomatic diseases. Continued…..

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A workshop with Sonora Beam
called: The Soul Speaks in Image:Crafting the Visual Journal


unfolding: pages from HOME WORK journal
VISUAL JOURNAL BY SONORA BEAM

The Visual Journal is a compelling medium that weaves together written word, symbolic imagery and personal vision. The book form is intimate, private and offers a container for all manner of feeling, thoughts and observations — providing a tactile bridge to carry us between our inner and outer experience.
Each session includes demonstration of techniques, along with optional writing and image-making prompts to stimulate your imagination. The group size is kept small to offer individual attention and to tailor the process to the needs of the group. A wide variety of materials and techniques will be offered for you to play and experiment with as you bring to life your moment-to-moment inspiration.

Tips and techniques offered include:
customizing blank books
collecting compelling source material
keeping travel, nature

“The creative force flows over the terrain of our psyches looking for the natural hollows, the arroyos, the channels that exist in us.
We become its tributaries, its basins; we are its pools, ponds, streams, and sanctuaries.
The wild creative force flows into whatever beds we have, those we are born with as well as those we dig with our own hands. We don’t have to fill them, we only have to build them.”
~Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. See more of Sonora Beam’s website here…

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British Arts in Health for Art Therapists


British Association for Art Therapists welcomes the establishment of the NNAH, is sympathetic to its aims, and looks forward to increasing involvement, contributions and collaborations from art therapists to this field. There are innate connections between art and healing, but it is important to understand that offering treatment through visual arts is a very specialised, long and legally established discipline. This is a potential resource to arts in Health projects. Relevant psychological expertise can be helpfully accessed by less specifically targeted arts projects to ensure that they are safe, effective, and psychologically appropriate for their contexts. Art therapists are in a good position to offer this level of support to arts in health projects. Local contacts can be established through BAAT. There are already some good local collaborations happening!

The Arts in Health Movement will, we hope, result in more artists and arts based groups engaging with an ever-wider range of health care settings and needs. The arts are life enhancing and nowhere do we need them more than when in the presence of pain, sickness, loss and confusion. The benefits of the arts to participants and consumers are increasingly appreciated. The arts are changing hospital environments from places of sickness to places of healing, promoting health through participatory arts, and are benefiting health directly as specific modes of treatment. Across this range there seems to be a general agreement of principle on the significance of the arts to the well being of the human animal. Continued…

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National Network of Arts in Health

Featured Articles- Conferences and Seminars

Arts and Health Forum

The Royal Free and University College Medical School Centre for Medical Humanities presents this annual lecture series. The 2002 – 2003 five part lecture series asks what is the human impact of the genetics revolution? read more

Common Threads
The Common Threads symposium will present the latest information and experience from the UK, Europe and US in the use of cross sector partnerships as an effective means to strengthen local communities and promote civic engagement. read more

ArtSci2002 New Dimensions in Collaboration, 2 – 8 December 2002
ArtSci2002 will be an open forum for people from many disciplines: artists, scientists, technologists, humanists, educators, philosophers, theorists and anyone interested in the creative possibilities when
barriers are removed… read more

Setting the Streets Alive
A professional development day for new promoters of street arts who have little or no experience of managing street arts events as part of their annual arts programme. A specially tailored programme to inform good practice and to ensure promoters, audience, artists, read more

Dance Voice
Courses offered by Dance Movement Therapy Centre. Courses delivered by registered Dance Movement therapists. All courses give excellent underpinning knowledge to those consideraing a post-graduate qualification in Dance Movement Therapy. read more

Foundation with Creative Computing Course 2002/3
Art and Design for students who what to explore media, develop art skills and apply to college in order to embark upon a career in Art and Design. read more

New Training Course – Arts in Mental Health

Drumming, singing, visual art and drama groups, led by professsional artists, have attracted around 160 people who suffer mental health difficulties in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. The new KArM project promotes creative learning approaches in Mental Health care. read more

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The Rita Simon Collection of Art Therapy

Introduction :
What is in the Rita Simon Collection?
About 500 paintings (mostly in gouache or watercolour on paper) and clay pieces by adults and children suffering mental and physical illness. The collection derives from R M Simon’s 55 years of work as an art therapist in private practice, hospitals and day centres of the National Health Service and Social Services. The works in the collection were made between 1942 and 1984. The collection includes sequences of paintings showing spontaneous changes in style during art therapy.

How is the collection arranged?
In two sections:

Classified into eight groups, each group being marked by one of the eight distinct art styles identified by R M Simon.
Sequences of works by the same person. The artists include normal, untrained adults and children of various ages and backgrounds, such as preschool and mainstream primary school children, professionals and others without formal art training. The variations in style show the many ways in which habitual styles can be modified.

Who would be most interested in the Rita Simon Collection?
Practitioners, students, researchers and anyone with an interest in the fields of history, art, aesthetics, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, art therapy, psychology, neurology, psychotherapy, medicine, nursing or psychopathology.

What were the areas of psychological need served by the works of art therapy?

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E-mail Counseling: Skills for Maximum Impact
an article by: Kate Collie, Dan Mitchell, and Lawrence Murphy

2001 – ERIC Digest
CG-03-01

Overview
In July and August of 1999, Kate Collie (KC) conducted an interview with Dan Mitchell (DM) and Lawrence Murphy (LM) on the topic of online counseling skills. The interview was done by e-mail so DM and LM could simultaneously describe and demonstrate skills they use in their e-mail counseling practice.
All three authors have been involved in the development of online counseling. DM and LM began an e-mail counseling and therapy practice in 1995 (Murphy & Mitchell, 1998) and are among the few people who have both practiced online counseling and published on the subject. KC has been involved in the collaborative development of computer-supported distance art therapy (Collie & Cubranic, 1999), an art-based form of online counseling that uses synchronous speech communication and shareable hand-drawn computer art.
The skills DM and LM have developed for asynchronous text-only communication are relevant to many types of distance therapeutic communication. The interview excerpt that follows contains a discussion of these skills. Continued…

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You may also want to take a look at more research by
Kate Collie

University of British Columbia kcollie@interchange.ubc.ca

INTERNET ART THERAPY RESEARCH

Computer images made during Internet Art Therapy test sessions at the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada.

Since 1998, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada has been developing software and clinical procedures for conducting real-time art therapy via the Internet. The software makes it possible for an art therapist in one location to have real-time group or individual art therapy sessions with clients in other locations, communicating with speech and sharable hand-drawn images. The goal is to expand the reach of art therapy to include clients who otherwise would not have access to art therapy, for example clients with mobility limitations and clients in remote areas.

References

Collie, K., Èubraniæ, D., & Long, B. (2002). Audiographic Communication for Distance Counselling: A Feasibility Study. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 30(3), 269-284.

Collie, K., & Èubraniæ, D. (1999). An Art Therapy Solution to a Telehealth Problem. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 16(4), 186-193.

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Audio & Video Tapes from AATA

2002 – 33rd Annual Conference

A Neuro-Developmental Approach to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Symptoms
$ 12.00 Tape Type: Audio Number of Tapes: 1 Tape Number: 86-02 – 1021 Quantity

A Neuroscience Approach to Art Therapy
$ 12.00 Tape Type: Audio Number of Tapes: 1 Tape Number: 86-02 – 1535 Quantity

A Study of Attachment Behavior Between Abused Children and Their Foster Parents in Art and Play Therapy
$ 12.00 Tape Type: Audio Number of Tapes: 1 Tape Number: 86-02 – 1013 Quantity

Aggressive and Homicidal Adolescents: Metaphors in the Art
$ 12.00 Tape Type: Audio Number of Tapes: 1 Tape Number: 86-02 – 1061 Quantity Album

Art Therapists? Shared Conventions Within Their Invisible College
$ 12.00 Tape Type: Audio Number of Tapes: 1
and many more

The 2002 audio list can be viewed in pdf format here

AATA 2001 Conference Audio Tapes

AATA 2000 Conference Audio Tapes

Videotaped Interviews with some of the great names in US Art therapy

Here are some examples:
Arthur Robbins interviewed by Lynn Kapitan
Bobbi Stoll interviewed by Mari Fleming
Cay Drachnik interviewed by Dr. Linda Gantt
Don Jones interviewed by James Consoli
Dr. Frances Anderson interviewed by Dr. Varerie Appleton
Dr. Gladys Agell interviewed by Dr. Linda Gantt
Dr. Judith Rubin interviewed by Dr. Frances Anderson
Dr. Linda Gantt interviewed by Dr. Doris Arrington
Dr. Harriet Wadeson interviewed by Dr. Doris Arrington
Dr. Maxine Junge interviewed by Robert Ault
Dr. Myra Levick interview by Cathy Malchodi
Dr. Rawley Silber interviewed by Dr. Betty Jo Troeger
Dr. Sandra Graves interviewed by Robert Ault
Dr. Shaun McNiff interviewed by Lynn Kapitan
Dr. Vija Bergs Lusebrink interviewed by Dr. Valerie Appleton
Edith Kramer interviewed by Paula Howie
Felice Cohen interviewed by Dr. Irene Corbit
Georgiana Jungels interviewed by Debra Paskind
Gwen Gibson interviewed by Dr. Jeanne Carrigan
Helen Landgarten interviewed by James Consoli
Robert Ault interviewed by Randy Vick
Virginia Minar interviewed by Dr. Frances Anderson

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Professional development Art therapy in British Columbia, Canada

BC Art Therapy Association
Professional Development Workshops
Winter/Spring 2003 Series

The British Columbia Art Therapy Association offers you knowledge and interest on current art therapy techniques, expertise, theories, and experience. The 2002 series of Professional Development Workshops covers various topics and will focus on depth of knowledge to promote new awareness. The Workshops allow participants to interact with experts, art therapists, therapeutic professionals, students, and the interested public. The BCATA. encourages you to get active and explore avenues of knowledge in our beautiful field of Art Therapy. The workshops provide a much-needed sense of community where individuals can network and replenish their creative minds to develop professionally and personally

Saturday, January 18 2003
Art Therapy & Eating Disorders: Intervention with Children, Adolescents & Families

Art offers a way to facilitate expression when youth are reluctant to engage in more traditional verbal therapies. Case examples accompanied by slides of art work will demonstrate approaches with individuals, families and groups. The integration of narrative therapy and art therapy will be highlighted and challenges of group therapy will be discussed.

Pat Roles, MWS, RSW, BCATR: Graduate from BC School of Art Therapy, ’89. Twenty years at BC Children’s Hospital in areas including children & adolescents with acute, chronic & life threatening illness
& eating disorders. Clinical Co-ordinator in Social Work Dept. for past 11 years.

Saturday, February 8
Art as Bodhisattva Action

Margaret will discuss art as an expression of truth, which supports the development of loving kindness towards oneself and others. The program will include perception exercises and discussions of mindfulness as an expression of sanity.

Margaret Jones Callahan, M.A., BCATR, RCC: Margaret is in private practice in Vancouver. She leads meditation seminars, and clinical training seminars in Canada and the United States. Her work has focused on trauma, creativity, sexuality, and Buddhist psychology. She has been practicing both medication and psychology for 30 years.

Saturday, March 15
Performance Creation: Forum Theatre Techniques Used for Self-Care

This experiential workshop facilitates & promotes self-care practice for health-care practitioners. Information on vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue will be provided along with some tools for their prevention. Forum theatre and performance creation techniques will be shared. You will have an opportunity to practice your news skills in a performance creation. Discussion will encourage an exploration of how to use performance creation in self-care and our therapeutic practices. Each performance creation is unique as each group brings its own energy and knowledge of effective techniques to share. This is a play for people who don’t have time to play.

Barbara Campbel-Brown, BA, MA, PhD (thesis pending) & Rebecca Christofferson, BFA, DVATI have co-facilitated art and performance based workshops on self-care at T.C.S. Family Services in Calgary. This work has been presented at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and the University of Calgary.

Saturday, April 12
Membership Panel and Open Forum: BCATA Bylaws and Code of Ethics – A Values Based Perspective

Advances in technology and increasing demands of clients require Art Therapists to be responsive to these changes. As such, our needs for support, guidance, training and ethical awareness also increase.

This forum will be of interest to Art Therapists who are considering new applications for Art Therapy. This might include (but is not limited to) distance and/or computer assisted art therapy and/or supervision. The feedback from your participation in this forum will help to shape our ever-evolving Bylaws and Code of Ethics. Through this community process we will endeavour to meet changing needs of our members and of the profession from a values based perspective.

Panel speakers will include our members, the BCATA executive and professionals from our community.

Saturday, May 10
The Use of Dreams in Art Therapy

Clients often bring their dreams to Art Therapy, puzzled, moved or disturbed by the remembered images. How can we respond creatively and honestly to this rich opportunity? This workshop will consider an approach to listening to dreams, as well as some of the implications of using art media as a response. We will explore how artmaking initiates a new relationship between the dreamer and the dream — a fresh participation that promotes a connection that is poetic, yet visible and concrete.

Marty Levenson, BA, DVATI, BCATR is a private practitioner in Vancouver. He works individually with children and adults on issues including personal development, sexual and emotional abuse, abandonment, grief, anxiety, addiction, and depression. His thesis was titled “Giving Form to the Invisible: A Phenomenological Examination of the Use of Dreams in Art Therapy” (1996).

Saturday, June 14
Annual General Meeting: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Keynote: Ross Laird, PhD
Unfinished Dreams: The Presence of the Past in Creative Expression

Creativity is the hinge upon which individual experience is opened to the universal. In this sense, creative work is a gate through which ghosts and dreams travel in two directions: out from the self, to awaken and heal the collective; and into the self, by which the unfinished tasks of cultures and families are hidden like stowaways inside the unsuspecting heart. Much creative work is familial and cultural in nature, though our emphasis on individual empowerment makes this difficult to see. We want to pretend we’re in charge of what passes through the gate of our creativity, and we frequently fail to notice the ways in which we are carried by the persistent presence of the past. We are the unfinished works of our ancestors, and they typically want their say in how things turn out.

This experiential workshop explores creative expression as an artifact of ancestral memory. Using various creative approaches, including those explored in Laird’s books: Grain of Truth: The Ancient Lessons of Craft, and the upcoming, A Stone’s Throw: The Enduring Nature of Myth, the workshop will follow the simple alchemy of the hand and the heart as they reach out, together, to grasp a world wrapped in countless layers of time. PDF version of Calendar

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