Creative Arts Therapy Department

Continuing Education

Social Action in Art Therapy

  • POSTPONED: April 18, 2020
  • RESCHEDULED for September 12, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Nazareth College, Shults Center Forum
  • Cost: $95 - professionals, faculty, students
  • 6 CEU contact hours, NY LCAT #0036 approved, ATR_BC applicable
  • Check back soon for registration information.

Presenter: Lynn Kapitan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM

  • Graduate and doctoral professorĀ of art therapy at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI (USA).
  • Past president of the American Art Therapy Association and formerly the editor-in-chief of Art Therapy
  • Prolific international presenter and author, including Introduction to Art Therapy Research, now in its second edition.
  • Has worked with a wide variety of groups and people in alternative, cross-cultural, and community settings, and currently as a social activist and pro bono research consultant for non-governmental agencies in Latin America.

Incorporating Social Justice Values and Practices into Everyday Art Therapy

Art therapists are increasingly committed to social justice values in their practices but may feel immobilized by the prospect of translating their ideals and changed awareness into everyday action. Fortunately, the aesthetic-relational tools of art therapy can provide a powerful capacity reflection, observation, and analysis of events in their everyday practice that can inform a social justice approach (including critical, anti-oppressive, and structural). Drawing on insights from cross-cultural art therapy with marginalized and politically oppressed communities, this course will help participants examine their own challenges of becoming anti-oppressive in their daily work and offer pragmatic tools and strategies for overcoming them.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. To identify three defining principles of anti-oppressive practice.
  2. To describe key challenges to putting social justice principles into practice.
  3. To describe the role and functions of critical consciousness and self-reflexive practice in bridging social justice values and art therapy practice.