Arts Therapy 2-day Conference & 50th Anniversary  Celebration

Arts Therapy 2-day Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Celebrating 50 years of Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire through a 2-day conference including key-note speakers and workshops

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2022 marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Art Therapy and the arts therapy teaching, training, professional development, and research at the University of Hertfordshire.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations the School of Creative Arts will be hosting several events to mark the achievements of past graduates and celebrating with the alumni community.

The events will include two conference days led by teaching staff with national and international colleagues who will be joining together to share innovation and new developments in the arts therapies.

The two day conference includes:

  • Art Therapy Conference Day 1: Innovation in the Arts - Friday 22 July 2022
  • Art Therapy Conference Day 2: Environmental Art Therapy - Saturday 23 July 2022

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Art Therapy Conference Day 1: Innovation in the Arts

Friday 22 July 2022 - 09:30 to 16:30 GMT

The purpose of the arts therapy conference is to provide a platform to share the innovative use of the arts in practice in the arts therapies focusing on art-based practice, art-based supervision, and art-based research. The day will include lectures, workshops, and masterclasses focusing on the interconnections between different art forms and media and different theoretical frameworks used to support creativity and health.

The themes of the day include:

  • Methods of integrating different art forms
  • The central importance of body, movement and expression
  • The use of response art in its different formats
  • Working alongside and co-production.

The day will also consider how arts methods can be extended into research, developing new approaches, and evaluating outcomes in the arts, therapies, health, and learning.

We have invited practitioner-researchers from the arts therapies in Britain and America to contribute lectures, workshops, and master classes that demonstrate the principles of art based research design and evidence the outcomes of current research projects.

It is envisaged that the conference will engage with the intersection between creativity, the arts, health, and learning.

The programme of events includes online lectures, on campus lectures, workshops and masterclasses.

Keynote speakers: Shaun McNiff and Professor Helen Payne PhD

Shaun McNiff’s work exploring the healing potential of using different arts media and an integrative approach has been methodically documented. Shaun first wrote about the importance of developing an integrative perspective in ‘The arts in psychotherapy’ (1981), in which he established a clear theoretical structure and approach using all of the arts in therapy.

Further publications have refined the philosophical rationale and methods used, these include ‘Pantheon of creative arts therapies: An integrative perspective (1987), ‘Art as Medicine’ (1992), ‘Art Heals’ (2004), and Imagination in Action (2015). An art based research paradigm was also defined by Shaun in 1998 with the publication of Art Based Research.

An integration of the different art forms from an embodied approach is reflected in Helen Payne’s practice and research in the arts therapies. Her edited book ‘One river, many currents: handbook of arts therapies research’, Jessica Kingsley publishers, broke new ground.

Over the past 30 years her many books, articles and research have been influential in the development of dance movement psychotherapy as a profession world-wide. She led the founding of the professional Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK and is founding Editor-in-Chief for the international peer reviewed journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis.

Lectures, workshops and masterclasses will be delivered by the following arts therapists:

  • Helen Payne (Authentic Movement)
  • Gary Nash (response art & art-based research)
  • Barbara Fish (response art & art-based supervision)
  • Andrew Marshall-Tierney (Co-production & working alongside)
  • Michiyo Zentner (Parallel artmaking – Copying and attunement)
  • Abbe Miller (one-canvas method)
  • Dr Hayley Berman (Social dreaming matrix)
  • Miriam Usiskin & Bobby Lloyd (Community art table)
  • Colleen Westling (trauma, neuroscience & creativity)
  • Megan Tjasink (Medicine and Art)
  • Samantha Chilvers (Art, creativity and mentalization in a group format)
  • Sophie Benoit (Blended art therapy – online and face to face)
  • Karen Sawyer (Oneline art therapy during the pandemic)

The full programme of activity is to be announced shortly.

On-campus attendance include lunch and refreshments, lectures and workshops.

On-line attendance includes the lectures plus some workshops (details to be announced)

Student discounted prices include lunch and refreshments, lectures and workshops. Students will be required to provide their student ID number to obtain this discounted ticket

Art Therapy Conference Day 2: Environmental Art Therapy

Saturday 23 July 2022 - 09:30 to 16:30 GMT

Environmental arts therapy is an arts-based approach to working therapeutically in outdoor spaces and emerges from the creative exchange that has occurred between the ecopsychology movement and the arts therapies professions and communities.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform to share the methods, approaches, theory base and research in this area of innovative integrative arts therapy practice. The day will allow us to experience what happens when we take our art, drama, music, and movement therapy practices outdoors.

Keynote speakers: Ian Siddons Heginworth, Vanessa Jones & Gary Nash

Ian Siddons Heginworth, RDTh MPhil is an environmental arts therapist and storyteller. He is the author of Environmental arts therapy and the Tree of life, the book that has become the flagship of the environmental arts therapy practice in the UK. Ian is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy: Wild frontiers of the heart, Routledge, 2020.

Vanessa Jones, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, has over 20 years of art therapy experience across a range of settings. For the past 10 years she has been proud to develop a range of ecotherapy and art therapy outdoor groups with adults in mainstream NHS Mental Health Services in London’s green spaces. She is a qualified supervisor and registered private practitioner, contributing to environmental arts therapy trainings for the past ten years and has continued to facilitate a monthly environmental arts therapy group working in woodland and online.

She is also co-founder of the Elders Group with colleague Deborah Kelly and is published in “Wild frontiers of the heart”, Siddons Heginworth, I., & Nash, G., Routledge, 2020. Her work within the NHS is published in “Ecotherapy: theory, research & practice”, Eds Jordan. M & Hinds, J, Palgrave, 2016.

Gary Nash, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, has 30 years of art therapy experience working in adult mental health, the voluntary sector, learning disabilities services and mainstream education. He is a BAAT registered supervisor and registered private practitioner. Gary has been working with art and drama therapists in developing training and professional development in the art of environmental arts therapy over the past 10 years.

He runs a fortnightly environmental arts therapy group in London and is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy: Wild frontiers of the heart, Routledge, 2020. Gary is co-founder of London Art Therapy Centre where he is a practitioner-researcher providing art therapy since 2009.

Lectures, workshops, and master classes delivered by Environmental arts therapy practitioners:

  • Ian Siddons Heginworth (Core principles of environmental arts therapy)
  • Gary Nash (Nature’s Metaphoric Language)
  • Vanessa Jones (Environmental Arts Studio Group)
  • Lily Boon (Sensory play and child development in Nature)
  • Hannah Monteiro (Weathering Summer: Forest bathing)
  • Dr Jamie Bird & Lor Bird (Imagination in Response to Climate Crisis)
  • Dr Helen Payne (Authentic Movement and the development of the Ecological Self)
  • William Secretan (Encountering the Wounded Healer in Environmental Arts Therapy)
  • Pom Stanley (Space to move, explore and create)
  • Cecilie Brown (Into the Woods: a creative exploration into the themes of exile)
  • Rachel Campling (The Gentle Courage of Being: Freedom in a Ritual Landscape)
  • Michelle Edinburgh (Moving indoor art therapy to outdoor environmental arts therapy)

The full programme of activity is to be announced shortly.

On-campus attendance includes lunch and refreshments, lectures and workshops.

On-line attendance includes the lectures plus some workshops (details to be announced)

Student discounted prices include lunch and refreshments, lectures and workshops. Students will be required to provide their student ID number to obtain this discounted ticket

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