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Embracing intersectional self-reflexivity: informing anti-oppressive art therapy practice (NEW COURSE)

As arts therapists we are ethically bound to consider our conscious and unconscious selves and the power we carry within the therapeutic relationship. Intersectional thinking encourages considerations of identity and the relational nature of power. This course will cover an introduction to intersectional frameworks, inviting participants to meaningfully explore and acknowledge how identity, lived experiences and social location may impact their art therapy practice.

Saturday 15th April 2023 - 10.00-12.30

Wednesdays 3rd/ 17th/ 31st May 2023 - 18.00-19.30

Saturday 17th June 2023 - 10.00-12.30

 

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Limited spaces available - book now to avoid disappointment!

**Open to BAAT members only**


Intersectional thinking guides us to embrace understandings of a world of entanglements rather than separations. As arts therapists, embracing self-reflexive practice to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human experiences of ourselves, our clients, trainees and colleagues is important.

 

This course will guide participants to explore unconscious motives and biases that may lead to an inherent avoidance in examining uncomfortable issues of identity. This will take place in a supportive and non-judgmental way where shame will be explicitly named and challenged.

 

Using an intersectional framework, the course will empathically support participants in considering how art therapists may unconsciously act out in response to perceived or real power, privilege and prejudices within the therapeutic relationship, with colleagues and in our colonising use of the visual realm. Participants will be given time to process following the half-day introductory session with structured take away learning exercises in the form of a course workbook that will provide space for recording reflections and embodied responses, to be brought back to the group at the fortnightly check-in evening sessions. This format aims to give participants time to reflect, meaningfully embed learning, and engage in a process of unlearning and challenging potentially problematic practices.

 

The course will use presentations, group work, discussion, guided peer support, and self-reflexive practices through art making to:

• Use intersectional frameworks

• Guide each participant in raising a consciousness around their own unique personal, social and political locations

• Meaningfully explore and acknowledge how identity, lived experiences and social location may impact on our art therapy practice. Participants will be supported in recognising and challenging oppressive and potentially problematic practices including the colonising of the visual realm. On completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Understand anti-oppressive practice and intersectionality

• Engage in ongoing art based self-reflexive practice

• Further understand art therapy practice in relation to diverse client groups, teams and organisations.

 

Corrina Eastwood is an artist, art psychotherapist, lecturer, writer and activist. She co-founded the intersectional feminist arts organization Sweet ‘Art and feminist art therapy charity Outskirts and currently works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. She published the article ‘White Privilege in Art Therapy In The UK: Are we doing work?’ and co-edited a book titled ‘Intersectionality in the Arts Psychotherapies’ published in Jan 2022.

 

Sejal Chad is an arts psychotherapist, communication facilitator, writer and campaigner, with extensive experience working in mental health, healing arts and community support settings. She has offered individual and group therapy in a range of organisations while also working in private practice. Sejal was a key part of the organising team for Clear Lines Festival, the first four-day event of its kind solely focused on issues surrounding sexual violence and consent. She is part of the Survivors Collective and Not the Only One project, offering training and support to university staff and students affected by sexual abuse, including co-running support groups for survivors in university settings.

Additional Information:

Course structure:

2-day course spread over:

• 2 x half-day sessions (beginning and end)

• 3 x fortnightly 1.5hr evening sessions.

 

Please note:

Booking will close 1 week before close date (unless tickets are sold out before). Information and joining instructions will be sent to delegates one week before the course.

 

Fee (this is a discounted flat rate for all BAAT members): £100 

Employer funded booking (for BAAT members only): £130

 

For employer funded places, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx


Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to: info@baat.org 


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx


Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to: info@baat.org

 

Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.

Convenors: Corrina Eastwood & Sejal Chad

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