Art therapy in Australia

Linnell, Sheridan and Westwood, Jill. 2013. Art therapy in Australia. In: B Loza; A Chmielnicka-Plaskota and T Rudowski, eds. Arteterapia: od teorii do terapii. Poland: Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjainej, pp. 55-60. [Book Section]

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This chapter provides an overview of the emergence of art therapies in Australia, from the perspectives of two art therapy educators from the University of Western Sydney (UWS). It introduces the context of art therapy practice and education in Australia and draws together a background history to the development of the profession, including key historical locates current positions and horizons within a post colonial context, revealing the innovative and hybrid practices of arts therapies that have evolved and are emerging in this particular place. A series of images provides a visual, poetic counterpoint to the text.
This chapter is adapted from a previously published article that has been translated into Polish for this art therapy text book.

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Book Section


Art therapies, Australia, colonial legacies, art therapy education; hybrid practice

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



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12 Jan 2015 10:37

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11 Jul 2017 10:12


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