Art Therapy for Social Justice seeks to open a conversation about the cultural turn in art therapy to explore the critical intersection of social change and social justice. By moving the practice of art therapy beyond standard individualized treatment models, the authors promote scholarship and dialogue that opens boundaries; they envision cross disciplinary approaches with a focus on intersectionality through the lens of black feminism, womanism, antiracism, queer theory, disability studies, and cultural theory. In particular, specific programs are highlighted that re-conceptualize art therapy practice away from a focus on pathology towards "models of caring" based on concepts of self-care, radical caring, hospitality, and restorative practice methodologies. Each chapter takes a unique perspective on the concept of "care" that is invested in wellbeing. The authors push the boundaries of what constitutes art in art therapy, re-conceptualizing notions of care and wellbeing as an ongoing process, emphasizing the importance of self-reflexivity, and reconsidering the power of language and art in trauma narratives.
"Scholars, researchers, educators, and practicing art therapists require a new paradigm. By centralizing the voices of women and art therapists of color, Talwar complicates who art therapy is practiced by and who art therapy is for. Included are theoretical perspectives from a range of disciplines providing a foundation to move the field forward."
Yasmine J. Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC, Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
"Talwar brings together the voices of art therapists who give shape and meaning to the ‘cultural turn’ in art therapy. Their radical intersections offer colleagues across the arts therapies a language with which to claim and encourage practices centered on social justice, self-reflexivity, care, and wellbeing."
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT, Associate Professor and Director, Drama Therapy Program, New York University
"Talwar’s book is timely—art therapy urgently needs to expand notions of helping beyond the therapy room. She and the contributing authors challenge traditional models of pathology and ‘art as healing,’ urge practitioners to question theories and practices that support unjust systems, and motivate the construction of new models of care that examine structures of oppression impacting those we serve. This is inspiring and passionate scholarship and some of the best writing on social justice I’ve seen."
Donna Kaiser, PhD, past Executive Editor, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
Table of Contents
Section 1: Theoretical Framework 1. Beyond Multiculturalism and Cultural Competence: A Social Justice Vision in Art TherapyTalwar 2. Critiquing Art Therapy: History, Science, and Representation Talwar 3. Identity Matters: Questioning Trauma and Violence Through Art, Performance, and Social Practice Talwar 4. Intersectional Reflexivity: Considering Identities and Accountability for Art Therapists Talwar, Clinton, Sit, and Ospina 5. Envisioning Black Women’s Consciousness in Art Therapy Gipson
Section 2: Praxis: Public Therapeutics and Art Therapy 6. "‘You Want To Be Well?’: Self-Care as a Black Feminist Intervention in Art Therapy"Tillet and Tillet 7. Radical Caring and Art Therapy: Decolonizing Immigration and Gender Violence Services Ravichandran 8. Res(Crip)ting Art Therapy: Disability Culture and Art as a Social Justice Intervention Yi 9. "The Sweetness of Money": Creatively Empowered Women (CEW) Design Studio, Feminists Pedagogy and the Art Therapy Talwar
About the Editor
Savneet K. Talwar, PhD, ATR-BC, is aprofessor in the graduate art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published articles in Arts in Psychotherapy, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and Gender Issues in Art Therapy.Her current projects are Wandering Uterus Project: A DIY Movement for Reproductive Justice and CEW (Creatively Empowered Women) Design Studio, a craft, sewing, and fabrication enterprise for Bosnian and South Asian women at the Hamdard Center in Chicago. She is also the past associate editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.