The poetics of Australian art therapy

Gilroy, Andrea. 2011. The poetics of Australian art therapy. In: Andrea Gilroy; Sheridan Linnell and Jill Westwood, eds. Art therapy: taking a post-colonial, aesthetic turn. Sydney, Australia: Bentham Books. [Book Section]

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Ths chapter explores the contemporary preoccupations of Australian art therapists, contextualised within previous research which established the different developmental trajectory art therapy in Australia has taken compared to the profession in other parts of the world, notably the United Kingdom and the United States. The eclectic mix of qualified and unqualifed practitioners engaged in different kinds of art-based therapeutic work has created a situation which, whilst problematic, has a richness and diversity. Using the approach of a 'bricoleur', the author will describe interviews with practitioners and educators that were gathered during something of a watershed in art therapy's development and draw on the techniques of conversational analysis to give an impressionistic, poetic account of art therapy in Australia. She will tell stories of the joys, frsutrations, challenges and particularities of a new and radical set of practices in places and spaces that are simultaneously old and new, whose mental health services operate within the orthodoxies produced by hard economic times.

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art therapy

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


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01 Apr 2011 05:20

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