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Shifting terrains: Art psychotherapists’ testimonies and reflections on employment in austerity Britain

MacKinnon, Emma; Myles, Alice; Page, Kristina; Shelhi, Taiseer and Westwood, Jill. 2017. Shifting terrains: Art psychotherapists’ testimonies and reflections on employment in austerity Britain. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 8(2), pp. 1-34. [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article considers the experiences of four recently qualified art psychotherapists as they move from training into work. It highlights the issues encountered and reflects the shifting field of employment as austerity Britain bites into public services and shapes possibilities. Creative testimonies of four women art psychotherapists are presented in collaboration with a woman art psychotherapy educator. Various themes are identified which include; the emotional experiences of change and transition, finding support beyond the training, seeking employment, the social and political implications of volunteering and self-employment, gender, race, adaptations of practise, sustaining core principles and values and finding ways to meet these experiences. These voices and views have relevance for newly qualified art psychotherapists, trainees, educators and other relevant professionals as they raise awareness of the issues, offer creative responses and suggest ways to meet and counter these challenges.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.atol.v8i2.459

Additional Information:

MacKinnon, E., Myles, A., Page, K., Shelhi, T., & Westwood, J. (2017) Shifting Terrains: Art Psychotherapists' testimonies and reflections on employment in austerity Britain. In ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, Vol 8 (2). London: Goldsmiths.

Keywords:

art psychotherapy, employment, training, gender, race, art-responses

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
7 October 2017Published Online

Item ID:

22427

Date Deposited:

28 Nov 2017 12:06

Last Modified:

05 Aug 2019 16:00

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22427

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