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The Social Imperative in Art Therapy Research: Claiming Spaces, Transforming Narratives... Prof Lynn Kapitan at the International Art Therapy Practice

08 March 2019

“This is a fabulous opportunity to connect with ‘pioneering’ art therapists from all over the world. I look forward to the fresh perspective that comes with sharing and learning from each other, which I expect will renew, inspire, and strengthen us as a collective.” Prof Lynn Kapitan

Prof Lynn Kapitan will give a keynote presentation asking what happens when communities take up art therapy research to produce knowledge that pushes against accepted narratives and risks real social transformation?

Whether welcomed or not, their impacts challenge us to grapple with our roles, assumptions, and responsibilities as researchers in a changing world—not only to benefit those around us but to transform ourselves in turn, sometimes in unforeseeable directions.


Lynn Kapitan is a professor and director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI (USA). Past President of the American Art Therapy Association, she is an international presenter, author of the seminal Introduction to Art Therapy Research, and former executive editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. She is a long-standing member of a community-based, cross-cultural research team in Managua, Nicaragua and has advised numerous art therapy research projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and globally.

See previous papers by Prof Lynn Kapitan here


The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference will be held on 11-13 July 2019 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London.

For more information please click here

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