I'll be presenting my pilot research "Embodied and Body-Based Methods of Art Therapy" at the 7th Annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference in Evanston, Illinois on June 10th.
Last month, I attended the US Association of Body Psychotherapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I presented the same paper to a small but enthusiastic group of body psychotherapists on Friday, May 19th. It was nice to be back in the Bay area and to stay with old friends and new acquaintances.
In October, I'll be back in CA at the American Art Therapy Association Conference to present the same talk. Lots of opportunities to spread the word about embodied art therapy.
I'll also run a workshop on narrative weaving with my colleague Val Koutmina. This will be in San Diego, from Oct 26-29.
In addition, I've been approved by the Lesley University IRB to begin my research project. The first step has been to run practice focus groups. Thus far I have held two. One in Cambridge, MA with my advisor and a few Expressive Arts Therapy students. The second was in my studio in Hastings with three recent art therapy graduates. Both gave me an opportunity to get the hang of managing a focus group and to anticipate problems with the video camera as well as the art-making process with a small group.
The research will involve focus groups with art therapists to discuss their experiences of
embodiment. There will also be an arts-based component.
Recruitment has begun for the actual sample participants. If you have an interest and are an art therapist with 5 years of practice in the field you can access the volunteer survey through this QR code: