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Saturday, November 7 • 10:50am - 12:20pm
Art Therapy: A Theoretical Coat of Many Colors

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Theory is a problematic concept for clinicians, because it is often experienced as a luxury, irrelevant to daily practice. Theories can also be (mistakenly) perceived as immutable. In the art therapy literature, theory and practice are often experienced as disconnected, as if clinical knowledge does not evolve from theory. But theories are not absolute truths; they are evolving sets of ideas, and each has a different vantage on both the problem and its potential solution. The central tenet of this lecture/workshop is that theory defines the function of artmaking in the practice of art therapy. Together, we will explore how to “weave” art therapy from the colorful threads of dynamic, humanistic, mind-body, systemic, radical, and social change theories into a “fabric” of informed art therapy interventions, assessments, supervision, and research. Most importantly, we will focus on how and when to integrate these varied approaches to employ them with a client in treatment.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Ephrat Huss, PhD

Ephrat Huss, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the social work department of Ben Gurion University as well as chair of the Arts in Social Work master's specialization. She has published extensively on the use of art therapy with populations undergoing cultural transition and war, conflict... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 10:50am - 12:20pm PST
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)