Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy

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Susan Hogan
Psychology Press, 1997 - Medical - 279 pages
This book provides a comprehensive survey of women's issues within art therapy. The contributors explore:
* women's mental health
* the interaction between popular culture and the representation of women in psychiatric discourse
* the socio-political dimensions of women's lives
Case studies cover a selection of topics including assertiveness, empowerment, sexuality and childbirth, as well as issues around class, race and age.
Feminist Approaches to Art Therapyhelps art therapists develop gender-aware practice, and illustrates to women in general what art therapy has to offer them.
 

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This is a worthy useful book unfortunately edited by an unethical art therapist.
I should know, I am one of the women written up in this book. As a new Masters student of Arts Therapy in Sydney
last year I discovered my drawing on the front cover of the 2nd edition of this book and an entire chapter (A Tasty Drop of Dragon's Blood) of my course of therapeutic art which I took soon after one of my twins died in 1991.
This book has much to offer but so shocked and distressed by the inclusion of my material without my written permission, I have been unable to read it coherently. I had for 14 years only showed my therapeutic drawings to family and friends (3 people) but there was my lived experience of one of the most painful experience of my life in two books, more than a few articles, being used at presentations at conferences, university courses, symposiums, and 24/7 on line by the editor (my art therapist). I went into shock and disbelief that she, Susan Hogan had so capitalised on my grief and broken her therapeutic and academic integrity and commitment.
Read it because it is good. It's feminist point of view is clear but write to the editor, a woman in a powerful position of influence and remind her of her obligations to right the wrong. I have lost 22months of my life to PSTD and anxiety. I have stopped working as a nurse with the ongoing financial consequences. I am angry that I am near homeless. My savings have paid for therapy which I essentially I don't trust. Academic, art therapist, author, Susan Hogan abused and profited by my trust.
 

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This book is great if you are trying to find the basic understanding of art therapy and the benefits of doing something in such a a holistic way :)

Contents

visions of difference
11
art as empowerment for women with breast cancer
49
Alice Dora and Constance from the eve of history
65
an option for womens mental
79
Women art therapy and feminist theories of development
97
Liberation and the art of embodiment
115
Women and conflict
140
The pregnant art therapists countertransference
177
Art therapy and empowerment in a womens selfhelp project
197
dreaming in colour
216
selfidentity sexuality
237
Index
271
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