Art Therapy and Social Action: Treating the World's Wounds by Frances Kaplan

By Frances Kaplan

"Art treatment and Social Action" is a thrilling and cutting edge exploration of ways human provider pros can contain the concepts and ways of paintings remedy of their paintings to handle social difficulties, and examines the increasing position of paintings practitioner as social activist. best artwork therapists and different human provider execs convey how inventive equipment can be utilized successfully to solve conflicts, deal with aggression, heal trauma and construct groups. The individuals supply examples of cutting edge programmes on a number themes, together with these designed to deal with gun crime, homelessness, racism and studies of terrorism. This well timed ebook presents new strategies and winning versions for paintings therapists, counsellors and psychological overall healthiness practitioners operating at once with the demanding situations of recent society.

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48) In my last five years in Los Angeles, I worked in the AIDS-HIV medical practice of Dr. Michael Scolaro. Supporting my gay son’s community, I did art therapy with Scolaro’s male patients. During this time, I wrote my article “Mourning, memory and life itself: The AIDS quilt and the Vietnam veterans’ memorial wall” (Junge 1999). However, a white woman who tries to act as an ally to oppressed groups is often called names and oppressed herself. Recently, I was accused by members of my profession of promoting another “form of exclusion” by 50 ART THERAPY AND SOCIAL ACTION limiting my focus to certain minority individuals who were pioneers in art therapy.

During this time, I wrote my article “Mourning, memory and life itself: The AIDS quilt and the Vietnam veterans’ memorial wall” (Junge 1999). However, a white woman who tries to act as an ally to oppressed groups is often called names and oppressed herself. Recently, I was accused by members of my profession of promoting another “form of exclusion” by 50 ART THERAPY AND SOCIAL ACTION limiting my focus to certain minority individuals who were pioneers in art therapy. As a white female member of an anti-racism team of diverse people, I was excoriated.

To change one thing is to change the whole. For example, altering a bit of color requires that the rest of the painting be adjusted to fit the change. In addition to being an art therapist, I am a painter, photographer, writer, teacher, systems person, organizational development consultant, family 42 ART THERAPY AND SOCIAL ACTION therapist, and a social change agent. It is actually quite simple: I combine the art of creative change in individuals, families, groups, systems, and myself in the work I do.

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