Art Therapy And Social Action by Frances Kaplan

By Frances Kaplan

"Art treatment and Social motion" is an exhilarating and leading edge exploration of the way human carrier execs can include the recommendations and ways of paintings remedy of their paintings to deal with social difficulties, and examines the increasing position of artwork practitioner as social activist. major artwork therapists and different human provider execs convey how artistic tools can be utilized successfully to unravel conflicts, deal with aggression, heal trauma and construct groups. The members offer examples of leading edge programmes on more than a few issues, together with these designed to handle gun crime, homelessness, racism and studies of terrorism. This well timed publication presents new thoughts and profitable versions for paintings therapists, counsellors and psychological future health practitioners operating without delay with the demanding situations of recent society.

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CHAPTER 2 The Art Therapist as Social Activist Reflections on a Life Maxine Borowsky Junge Creative work must be in some ways kindred to the world, if not the world as it is, then the world as it will or might be. It flows out of the world and it flows back into it. Thus the creative person, to carry out the responsibility to self, the responsibility for inner integrity, must also in some way be responsive to the world. (From Creative People at Work by D. Wallace and H. 280–281, reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press) Introduction Life stories of creative people as a source for understanding human behavior and development have a long history in psychology and psychotherapy theory (Polkinghorne 1988).

Despite the fact that art therapists, through our artists’ identities, are natural agents of change, our education and strivings for professional acceptance mediate against our natural proclivities in this direction. (Junge et al. ) In 1999, I published “Mourning, memory and life itself: The AIDS quilt and the Vietnam veterans’ memorial wall”: Along with the Women’s Movement, the Vietnam War and the AIDS epidemic are, I believe, the distinguishing events of the latter half of the twentieth century.

The praxis of action research explicitly derives from a critical awareness of the personal–political dialectic and the transformation of sociocultural structures through participatory democracy (Sohng 1995). Having a sensitivity to potentially oppressive cultural forms, art therapy utilizing an action research approach would be both flexible and self-critical in its implementation while being open to new expressions including culturally syncretic or blended forms that integrate local ideals, structures, and concepts – especially those regarding community visions of wholeness, ART THERAPY AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE 33 balance, and health (Hocoy 2002b).

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