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By Susan Hogan

This ebook presents a finished survey of women's concerns inside artwork remedy. The participants explore:
* women's psychological health
* the interplay among pop culture and the illustration of ladies in psychiatric discourse
* the socio-political dimensions of women's lives
Case stories conceal a range of themes together with assertiveness, empowerment, sexuality and childbirth, in addition to matters round classification, race and age.
Feminist ways to artwork Therapy is helping paintings therapists increase gender-aware perform, and illustrates to ladies as a rule what artwork remedy has to provide them.

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Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy

This e-book presents a accomplished survey of women's concerns inside of artwork remedy. The members explore:* women's psychological future health* the interplay among pop culture and the illustration of girls in psychiatric discourse* the socio-political dimensions of women's livesCase stories disguise a variety of themes together with assertiveness, empowerment, sexuality and childbirth, in addition to matters round category, race and age.

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Womens claims to equality and power are largely symbolic (tokenistic or mythic). Because of woman’s impotence she has become symbolically very powerful (representing various essences in different cultures) and women are quick to draw upon symbolic representations in art therapy sessions. For example, men are often depicted as both coming from and returning to woman (Mother Earth). Whilst identification with the symbolic might be argued to be potentially empowering, remaining in the realm of the symbolic might serve as a palliative.

It was alternatively conceptualised as a regression to a child like state or as a form of bestiality. The mad were not properly human and thus could be treated like animals. Another shift in conception occurs at the end of the eighteenth century, represented by reformers such as Tuke and Pinel who released the mad from their chains. Insanity becomes regarded as an illness to be treated through medicine. The insane become segregated from other antisocial groups but Foucault argues that this was a product of political interventions rather than as a result of an advancement in the understanding of the insane.

Jean and Doris also explore the context in which art therapy takes place where there is an under-representation of black women therapists. Pregnancy and group art therapy are explored from an analytic perspective by Sally Skaife in ‘The pregnant art therapist’s countertransference’. The effect of her own pregnancy and the birth of her child on an art therapy group is examined with particular emphasis on the notion of ‘countertransference’, which is explained. One woman’s experience of giving birth to twins is examined in detail in my chapter ‘A tasty drop of dragon’s blood: self-identity, sexuality and motherhood’.

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