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Art Therapy for Civic Dialogues and Citizenship... Dr Jordan Potash at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference

05 April 2019

“I am looking forward to learning from art therapy colleagues around the globe to conceptualize a global notion of art therapy while maintaining distinct cultural adaptations in our local contexts.” Dr Jordan Potash

Contemporary political scientists, sociologists, historians, and economists regularly remind us that we are living in divisive times. Whether arguing Brexit in the United Kingdom, the 2016 Presidential election in the United States, or other like concerns around the world, it is clear that there is much debate but very little conversation. 

Civic dialogue in politically charged times is essential for identifying injustice, maintaining communication, and solving problems. Arts-based civic dialogues harness the strengths of art making for social engagement by using attributes of the creative process such as metaphor, reflection, embracing ambiguity, emotional connection, and encouraging alternative perspectives. 

Combining the best of psychological knowledge with artistic knowhow, art therapists have an expertise for contributing to civic dialogue and fostering citizenship by facilitating processes for reflection, perspective taking, and engagement. This experiential workshop will facilitate participants to experience and learn how art therapists can contribute to cross-cultural, social, and political dialogues.

In addition to this workshop, Jordan will also be a co-presenter in the following presentations:
Spanning the Continuum of Knowledge: Diverse Research Methodologies in Art Therapy – panel with Heidi Bardot, Lisa Garlock, Juliet King, and Mary Ellen Ruff
Jungian Concepts of Creativity: Heuristic Inquiry into Compensation and Integration – workshop with Lisa Garlock

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT, LPCAT is a U.S. registered, board certified, and licensed art therapist; registered expressive arts therapist, He is Assistant Professor, Art Therapy Graduate Program, The George Washington University; Honorary Assistant Professor, Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong; and Editor in Chief, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 

See previous papers by Dr Jordan Potash 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.

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