Intersectional self-reflexivity: embracing anti-oppressive art therapy practice

As art therapists, we are ethically bound to consider our conscious and unconscious selves and the power we carry within the therapeutic relationship. Intersectional thinking encourages considerations of identity and the relational nature of power. This course will cover an introduction to intersectional frameworks, inviting participants to meaningfully explore how identity and lived experiences may impact their practice.

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Date & Time

15 April 2023 (10.00-12.30) + 3/17/31 May 2023 (18.00-19.30) + 17 June 2023 (10.00-12.30)

This course runs over 2 months, on the dates above

Tickets

Fee: £100
Members only
Limited spaces available

Location

Online via Zoom, information for the day and invite to join will be sent 1 week before

Intersectional self-reflexivity: embracing anti-oppressive art therapy practice

As art therapists, we are ethically bound to consider our conscious and unconscious selves and the power we carry within the therapeutic relationship. Intersectional thinking encourages considerations of identity and the relational nature of power. This course will cover an introduction to intersectional frameworks, inviting participants to meaningfully explore how identity and lived experiences may impact their practice.

Open to qualified art therapists and art therapy trainees (members only – limited spaces)

Intersectional thinking guides us to embrace an understanding of the world in terms of entanglements rather than separations. As art therapists, intersectional self-reflexive practice can enhance our work with clients, trainees, and colleagues.

Over two months, this course will encourage participants to explore: unconscious motives and biases that may prevent thinking about uncomfortable issues of identity; unconscious responses to perceived or real power, privilege, and prejudices; and colonising uses of the visual realm. This will be done in a supportive way where shame will be explicitly named and challenged.

Following the half-day introductory session, participants will be given structured take-away learning exercises in the form of a course workbook. Reflections and embodied responses can then be shared during the fortnightly evening sessions leading up to a final half-day session. This format aims to give participants time to reflect, meaningfully embed learning, and engage in a process of unlearning and challenging potentially problematic practices.

On completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Understand anti-oppressive practice and intersectionality
  • Engage in ongoing art-based self-reflexive practice
  • Further understand art therapy practice in relation to diverse client groups, teams, and organisations.

Tutors: Corrina Eastwood & Sejal Chad

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