Exploring the benefits of intersectional feminist social justice approaches in art psychotherapy

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Wright, T. and Wright, K. 2017. Exploring the benefits of intersectional feminist social justice approaches in art psychotherapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 54, pp. 7-14.
AuthorsWright, T. and Wright, K.
Abstract

This paper charts a research and knowledge exchange project between a university and group of art psychotherapists who came together in a project aimed at better understanding the benefits of critical feminist social justice approaches to art psychotherapy. It outlines the impact of the partnership for art psychotherapy practice, practitioners’ continued professional development and patients’/ service users’ benefit. Drawing on knowledges of critical feminisms held within the university and art psychotherapy expertise from local health services, the project evaluated the benefit of a practice enhancement activity and resource hub as consciousness raising training in intersectional feminism for developing critical feminist social justice approaches to art psychotherapy practice. The project was designed as a qualitative participatory study. The four main salient themes emerging from the data were that the enhancement activity and resource hub provided; patient/ service user benefits, improved practitioner reflexive critical thinking; recognition from practitioners of the importance of being attentive to patient’s/ service users’ situatedness; and acknowledgement by practitioners of the helpfulness of likeminded collectives for sustaining critical feminist social justice praxis. Project findings suggest that critical feminist social justice approaches are beneficial to art psychotherapy praxis and that continued engagement with current and re-emerging feminisms could continue to progressively reimagine and reshape that praxis.

KeywordsIntersectional; feminist; social justice; art psychotherapy
Year2017
JournalThe Arts in Psychotherapy
Journal citation54, pp. 7-14
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0197-4556
Official URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2017.02.008
FunderFaculty of Health and Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University
Publication dates
Online21 Feb 2017
PrintJul 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Feb 2017
Accepted18 Feb 2017
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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