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Arts & Wellbeing in Public Health... Professor Susan Hogan at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference

26 April 2019

“This international conference hosted by the American and British Art Therapy Associations represents an exciting opportunity for us to share best art therapy practice and research.” Professor Susan Hogan on the Inaugural Conference in July...

I’m delighted to be presenting a keynote, a short paper as well as a workshop. In the keynote I shall speak about the growing arts in health movement, and the new openness to regard the arts as a form of public health, a necessity for human flourishing, and a viable alternative to prescription drugs. I shall give some examples from my most recently funded Arts & Humanities Research Council Research.

On Thursday I shall be sharing a film Birth Professionals Make Art and exploring how the arts can enable birthing professionals to explore their experience of occupation stress and vicarious trauma.

On Friday, I’ll be presenting a summary of The Birth Project.


Professor Susan Hogan is Professor of Arts and Health, University of Derby and a Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. She is Director of the Arts & Health Centre for Excellence at the University of Derby and a member of the advisory panel of the International Health Humanities Network. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a founding member of their SIG for Arts, Health & Wellbeing. Susan is well known for her on-going interest in women’s mental-health issues and art therapy theories. Her books include:

Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (as editor, 1997); 
Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy (2001); 
Gender Issues in Art Therapy (as editor, 2003); 
Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (as editor, 2012);
The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy (with Coulter, 2014); 
Art Therapy Theories. A Critical Introduction (2016);
Gender Issues in International Arts Therapies Research (commissioned by the European Consortium of Art Therapy Educators – ECArTE) (2019);
Inscribed on the Body. Gender and Difference in the Arts Therapies (2019);
The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, and Agency (with La-Chance Adams and Cassidy, in press for Jan 2020);
Art Therapy in the Pregnancy Journey, Birth & New Parenthood (co-editor, forthcoming).

See previous papers by Professor Susan Hogan in International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape 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 and conference booking please click here

You can also follow the conference on Twitter using #ArtTherapyIntConf