A genealogy of art therapy education in Australia

Westwood, Jill. 2013. 'A genealogy of art therapy education in Australia'. In: Kinship Ties of Creativity, Past, Present and Future 23rd ANZATA Conference. University of Western Sydney, Australia. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This presentation discusses Westwood's PhD research on art therapy education in Australia. It foregrounds the genealogical aspect of this study and the use of art as a method in this inquiry. This research provides the first organized view of art therapy education in Australia. It evolved from the authors immersion in the field as a migrant art therapy educator to Australia from the UK and a desire to be reflexive on this experience. The inquiry is positioned in the paradigm of personal knowledge and subjectivity and a bricolage of methods were used to gather and analyse information from several sources. The research questions aimed to discover the field of art therapy education in Australia. to find out what theories and practices were taught; and where the theoretical influences were coming from, in order to develop understanding of this emerging field. The findings revealed a diverse and multi-layered field of hybrid views and innovative approaches held within seven programs in the public university and private sectors. The significance of the genealogy of the educators, their backgrounds and influences is discussed to illuminate this topic and gain insight into the field.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


art therapy education, genealogy, hybrid creatures, arts-based inquiry

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

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


20 October 2013Completed

Event Location:

University of Western Sydney, Australia

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Date Deposited:

26 Jan 2015 09:49

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2017 10:12



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