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Language Is Power…Alex Kapitan & Lynn Kapitan at Attachment & Arts Conference (2021)

11 August 2021

Alex Kapitan & Lynn Kapitan presenting “Language Is Power: The Art and Practice of Anti-Oppressive Language for Art Therapists” at the 2021 Attachment & the Arts conference on 20th November…

The move to online delivery of art therapy has been a noticeable impact of the pandemic. In the UK, a recent survey of art therapy supervisors highlighted a recent prominence of verbal rather than art- based processing within their art therapy practice. Many reported feeling uneasy working this way and found it difficult to ‘find the right words’. There is also now an increased awareness of the need to look at power dynamics and issues of diversity within our lives and our practice and hence, our language. 

Because language is power, how we use language to name, describe, represent, and “construct” others is a pressing concern for art therapists in counteracting violence and oppression. This presentation offers strategies to incorporate language into art therapy that centers on care within a larger framework of relational ethics and empathy. Participants will learn how to reflexively examine language with respect to race/ethnicity, gender, and disability, and liberatory practice.  

Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM 

Lynn Kapitan is a professor emeritus of graduate art therapy and former doctoral director at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. A past editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Lynn has taught, edited, and worked with diverse groups and people over the years, and currently is a cross-cultural community art therapist and research consultant for a non-governmental agency in Central America. 

Alex Kapitan 

Alex Kapitan is a trainer, speaker, consultant, editor, and activist. Alex is the founder of Radical Copyeditor, an anti-oppressive language project, and the co-founder of the Transforming Hearts Collective, a faith-based LGBTQ healing justice organization. Alex’s approach to language is rooted in the truth that language describes and creates reality, so we have a responsibility to describe and create the best possible reality we can imagine. 

The 2021 Attachment & the Arts conference will be held on Saturday 20th November 2021 online as a zoom event.  

For more information and conference booking please click here

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