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Identity and Art Therapy: Personal and Professional Perspectives
Maxine Borowsky Junge
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2014-06-01 / 0398087962
Expressive Arts Therapies
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This book is an attempt to give art therapy identity the front and center position it deserves. Despite efforts toward clarity, there will nevertheless remain many contradictory notions, often paradoxically existing at the same time. This is the nature of identity and of art therapy’s identity. “Art therapy” is neither a form of artist nor a form of therapist, but rather a whole new field – a separate and special profession with core values and attributes of its own that must lead to a special and separate identity. Chapter 1 is the “Introduction” to this book. In Chapter 2, “Images of Identity,” the basic groundwork is laid describing definitions of personal and professional identity and discussion of the concept of “intersectionality.” Chapter 3, “Living in the Real World,” discusses some unique problems faced by art therapists as they strive to achieve personal and professional identity and credibility. Chapter 4, “Essays on Identity by Art Therapists,” contains 22 essays by prominent art therapists who were invited to contribute their ideas. These essays can be considered different “readings” of what identity is in the art therapy field. Chapter 5, “Identity Initiative, Steps Toward a New Definition: An Action Plan,” describes a two-year process, including all segments of the art therapy community, to achieve and promulgate a shared public professional identity. Chapter 6 underscores “Conclusions” to discover some baseline information about identity for students entering graduate art therapy programs. A brief questionnaire was given to three art therapy master’s program directors to conduct this survey with their entering students in the fall 2012. An important and essential discussion of the nuances of identity by the art therapy community is a significant intention of the book. Identity and Art Therapy is primarily written for art therapists–both experienced and novice. It is for people who teach now and for those thinking about entering the field in the future.



1. Introduction

2. Images of Identity
Definitions of Identity
Personal Identity
Professional Identity
Art Therapy is a New Profession
A Short History of Identity in Art Therapy

3. Living in the Real World, Issues and Challenges
The Importance of Words and the Challenge of Dual Degrees
Self-Definition Versus Definition by Others
The Dilemma of Research in Professional Identity
Advantages and Disadvantages of an Umbrella Identity
Art Therapy Registration, Certification, and Program Accreditation
How Can Art Therapy Be “Welcoming” and Maintain an Identity as a Unique Profession?
The Role of Art Therapy Educational Programs in the
Development of Identity
Loneliness of the Long-Distance Art Therapy Graduate

4. Essays on Identity by Art Therapists
Pat B. Allen, “Artist in Residence in the Studio of the Soul: A Quest for an Identity”
Charlotte Boston, “My Identity: A Mosaic Design”
Sarah P. Deaver, “Facilitating Art Therapist Professional Identity Through Art Therapy Education”
Elizabeth Donahue, “How Can the American Art Therapy Association Grow and Thrive?”
Nancy Gerber, “The Therapist Artist: An Individual and Collective World View”
David E. Gussak, “Identity and the Serendipitous Art Therapist”
Janice Hoshino, “Art Therapist Identity”
Don Jones and Karen Rush Jones, “Why Art Therapists Must Make Art, Selections and Adaptations From the
Unpublished Papers of Don Jones” 111
Frances F. Kaplan, “Gone Missing: A Shared Identity”
Myra F. Levick, “To Dual or Not to Dual”
Debra Linesch, “Finding My Voice”
Mercedes B. ter Maat, “To Be or Not to Be? That Is No Longer the Question”
Cathy Malchiodi, “Art Therapist Identity Confusion Disorder”
Brenda Maltz, “A Student’s Perspective”
Kim Newall, “The Best Thing Ever”
Jordan S. Potash, “Defining Values: Many Settings, Singular Identity”
Arthur Robbins, “An Evolving Identity: A Mirror of One’s Personal History”
Marcia L. Rosal, “Wearing My Professional Identity on My Sleeve”
Judith A. Rubin, “Art Therapy Identity
Gwendolyn McPhaul Short, “Art Therapy Identity”
Harriet Wadeson, “What Is Art Therapy Anyway?”

5. Identity Initiative, Steps Toward a New Definition: An Action Plan

6. Conclusions 213

Appendix A: Letter to Potential Book Participants
Appendix B: Fifteen Defining Identity Questions
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