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Citizen art therapists: advocating for social justice and democracy - NEW COURSE

In this course, participants will examine how they can position their clinical and community work in a manner that champions social justice, open dialogues, critical perspectives, and citizenship. In particular art therapy can support social justice by facilitating opportunities for visualizing injustices, representing voices, bringing people together, and imagining solutions.

Fridays, 2nd and 9th June 2023

13.30pm-16.00pm each day


Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent once booking has closed

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*Open to all Qualified Professionals*

In recent years, much of the world - has been confronted with challenges to democracy. Despite scholarship on the intersections of democracy, psychotherapy, and art, there has been little discussion on the role that art therapists can play in supporting open societies.


This course will bridge the gap by identifying how art therapists can support citizenship, peace building, social justice, and democracy. Art therapists can draw on the traditions of activist art and political psychology to enact socially responsive practices. Creatively drawing on resistance and engagement approaches to social justice offers ways to sustain reflection, foster relationships, and build community. Applying these ideas in art therapy yields a range of strategies that include: advocacy, lobbying, civic dialogues, and policy initiatives.


After participating in this presentation, participants will be able to: • synthesize social justice approaches of activist art and political psychology with art therapy practices • describe art therapy social justice framework and approach to sustain reflection, foster relationships, and build community • identify facilitator stances and strategies that art therapist can adopt for social justice.



Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LPCAT (USA) is Associate Professor, Art Therapy at The George Washington University and Honorary Associate Professor, Masters of Expressive Arts Therapy at The University of Hong Kong. As an art therapist for almost 20 years, he has worked with clients of all ages in many settings including schools, clinics, and community art studios. Jordan applies art and art therapy in the service of community development, cross-cultural relationships, and social change.

For more information about Jordan or to view his art portfolio, go to 

Additional Information:

Please Note:

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.


x3 Reduced Rate (for Unemployed Members): £75.00

Please Note: We can not reserve reduced rate places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £100.00


Full Underemployed Member: £110.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £120.00


Associate Member: £120.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £165.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £195.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


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:


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


Convenors: Jordan Potash

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