Annual conference: art therapy, trauma in society, and social activism

Thinking how we honour the impact of the past in our work whilst engaging creatively in society to help to shape the future, this year’s annual conference will explore the impacts of trauma on our work and on our society, as Covid-19, the climate crisis, rising nationalism, war, and conflict affect us all.

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Date & Time

Saturday 5 November 2022

10am - 4.30pm

Tickets

Non-members: £175

Associate members: £125

Full members
Employed: £125
Underemployed: £110
Unemployed/retired: £100

Trainee members: £50

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Location

Online via Zoom, information for the day and invite to join will be sent 2 days before

Annual conference: art therapy, trauma in society, and social activism

Thinking how we honour the impact of the past in our work whilst engaging creatively in society to help to shape the future, this year’s annual conference will explore the impacts of trauma on our work and on our society, as Covid-19, the climate crisis, rising nationalism, war, and conflict affect us all.

There is an increasing need for art therapists to work in a trauma-informed way and many wish to respond actively to this challenge. While we have considered trauma-informed clinical practice for some time as a profession, as reflective practitioners, art therapists may also be called to take up a role in organisations, to help to digest and respond to the impacts of trauma on these systems.

In our communities, we can each also become social activists, learning how to bring our voices and the voices of those who access art therapy to the fore, so we can work together to advocate for change in our society.

This year’s annual conference will explore these issues with some leading practitioners in their fields:

Dr Karen Treisman MBE – Clinical Psychologist, trainer, and author 

This talk will include some context setting and a brief introduction into what we mean by trauma-informed; including shining a spotlight on some of the key values, principles, and definitions of trauma-informed practice. This will include some of the myths around trauma-informed practice; as well as some examples of how “every interaction is an intervention”.

Daniel Regan – photographic artist, consultant, producer 

Visual artist Daniel Regan knows first hand how the arts can positively impact our mental health. In this presentation Daniel will give insights into his journey exploring his own lived experiences, alongside how through his varied participatory arts practice, those he works with discover their voice and identity.

Stephen Millar –  Art Psychotherapist, and colleagues from the Array Collective

Stephen Millar, Jane Butler and Méabh Meir will discuss the connections between trauma, art therapy, storytelling and social activism in the context of their work with Array Collective in the north of Ireland. Array Collective, who won the 2021 Turner Prize with their installation ‘The Druithaib’s Ball’, have been commended for their work to “inspire social change through art” and “working collaboratively with local communities”.

They will explore the benefits of collaborative working, considering ideas about how to empower individuals, communities, and organisations to engage in social activism that creates positive change.

The day will also include a number of case studies presented by BAAT members showcasing innovative work on the theme of the conference.

 

Bookings for this event will close: 3 November, 10.00am. Joining instructions will be sent out shortly after.

Please note: the conference will not be recorded.

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