Gender Issues in Art Therapy

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Susan Hogan
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 15, 2002 - Psychology - 240 pages

Art therapy enables the client and therapist to explore issues that may ordinarily be difficult to articulate in words; one such issue is the complexity of gender, which can be a subject of therapy in a range of ways. Gender identity is at the heart of our self-understanding. The contributors to this book cover such topics as internalised homophobia in both therapist and client, art and pregnancy, art therapy with women only and men-only groups, feminist art therapy, gay and lesbian issues, and gender stereotypes. These wide-ranging papers cover both theoretical and practical topics, giving clinical examples and instances of clients' artwork in illustration.

The contributors, all established art therapists, bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to the topic of gender in art therapy. Professionals and students in this field will find the insights contained in this book both fascinating and valuable.


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Foreword by Professor Diane Waller
Contesting Identities
Contributions from Feminist Theory and Contemporary Art Practice
Reflections on a Placement in an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit
Chapter 3 Art Therapy with Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Clients
Working With Gay and Lesbian Clients in Art Therapy
The Geography of Gender Issues in Art Therapy
Chapter 6 Working with Men
Chapter 8 A Discussion of the Use of Art Therapy with Women who are Pregnant or who have Recently Given Birth
Chapter 9 ReVisions on Group Art Therapy with Women who have Experienced Domestic and Sexual Violence
Third World Women and Conflicts in Feminist Perspectives and Art Therapy
Chapter 11 Challenging Invisibility Outrageous Agers
The Contributors
Subject Index
Author Index

Chapter 7 A Mediterranean Perspective on the Art Therapists Sexual Orientation

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About the author (2002)

Susan Hogan taught twentieth-century art history and theory at the University of New South Wales and the National Art School, Sydney. She served as Vice-President of the Australian National Art Therapy Association. She is currently Reader in Cultural Studies and Art Therapy at the University of Derby's School of Health and Community Studies, and is the author of Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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