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ERIC Number: EJ863473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Reauthoring the Dominant Narrative of Our Profession
Riley, Shirley
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v26 n3 p135-138 2009
This is the appropriate time in the evolution of the profession of art therapy to re-create its image and explore a new model of the profession responsive to the postmodern mental health climate. To that end, the author would like to take the reader on a fantasy trip and hypothesize what it would be like to move the birth of this profession forward in time, from the 1950s to the present. After looking at art therapy from this visionary viewpoint, the author offers the reader a sobering look at today's mental health concerns and how they seem to be influencing the clinical practice of art therapists. The conclusion incorporates both vision and reality, suggesting how art therapists can move beyond their current concepts of art therapy to re-create a psychotherapeutic service that is both aesthetic and pragmatic. They can enter the postmodern society of mental health providers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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