Exploring the benefits of intersectional feminist social justice approaches in art psychotherapy

Wright, T. and Wright, K. (2017) Exploring the benefits of intersectional feminist social justice approaches in art psychotherapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 54. pp. 7-14. ISSN 0197-4556.

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Abstract

This paper charts a research and knowledge exchange project between a university and group of art psychotherapists who came together in a project aimed at better understanding the benefits of critical feminist social justice approaches to art psychotherapy. It outlines the impact of the partnership for art psychotherapy practice, practitioners’ continued professional development and patients’/ service users’ benefit. Drawing on knowledges of critical feminisms held within the university and art psychotherapy expertise from local health services, the project evaluated the benefit of a practice enhancement activity and resource hub as consciousness raising training in intersectional feminism for developing critical feminist social justice approaches to art psychotherapy practice. The project was designed as a qualitative participatory study. The four main salient themes emerging from the data were that the enhancement activity and resource hub provided; patient/ service user benefits, improved practitioner reflexive critical thinking; recognition from practitioners of the importance of being attentive to patient’s/ service users’ situatedness; and acknowledgement by practitioners of the helpfulness of likeminded collectives for sustaining critical feminist social justice praxis. Project findings suggest that critical feminist social justice approaches are beneficial to art psychotherapy praxis and that continued engagement with current and re-emerging feminisms could continue to progressively reimagine and reshape that praxis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intersectional; feminist; social justice; art psychotherapy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0370 Diseases of children and adolescents
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > England Centre for Practice Development
Depositing User: Dr Toni Wright
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2017 12:03
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15609

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