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Friday, 16 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

The Revealing Image, 25 years on

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The Revealing Image, 25 years on

An Exploration of Trauma mediated through Jungian Analysis and Art Psychotherapy  


A one-day workshop with Professor Joy Schaverien

London, March 16th 2018, Friday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM


The workshop starts with a discussion of theories first proposed in Joy Schaverien’s seminal work The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice.  In the 25 years since its publication, this book has continued to be a core textbook for art psychotherapy and Jungian trainings in the UK and internationally.

The book bridges a perceived gap between Jungian picture interpretation and art psychotherapy.  In light of Joy’s work as a Jungian analyst, this day will consider ideas first elucidated in the book:

  • diagrammatic and embodied images;
  • the talisman and the scapegoat transference; and
  • the distinction between symbols in pictures and artworks as symbolic objects

The premise is that in working with trauma the artwork has a particular role in revealing, and so bringing into the light of consciousness, that which may otherwise remain unseen.  The multiple gazes embodied in the artwork evoke aesthetic elements in the transference and countertransference; these include:

  • the gaze of the picture,
  • the gaze of the client/artist and
  • the gaze of the therapist/viewer

This day will offer a combination of theory, visual case studies, and a discussion of participant’s own practice.  It will interest all therapists who use art in their clinical practice: Jungian analysts, psychotherapists and counsellors as well as art psychotherapists and creative therapists of different modalities. It will be of interest to those whose clients regularly use art materials and those who do so occasionally.  Qualified art psychotherapists and trainees, familiar with the book may be interested to see how the theories developed in this influential text continue to be useful in Jungian analytic practice today.

Learning objectives – to consider art within the analytic frame:

  • The art work as integral within the transference
  • Address the aesthetic elements of the transference and countertransference (when pictures are involved)
  • How pictures reveal what cannot be spoken
  • Sign and the symbolic impact of art in analysis
  • Material objects in analysis

About the speaker

Professor Joy Schaverien is a Jungian Psychoanalyst, a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy (University of Sheffield) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  Her publications include several books on art and psychotherapy including: The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice (1992). Desire and the Female Therapist: Engendered Gazes in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy (1995). Her most recent book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (is illustrated with pictures made in analysis). It was published in June 2015 and became a Routledge and Amazon bestseller.

Workshop Schedule


10:00AM: Session 1: The Revealing Image – (illustrated talk)

  • Introduction to the main themes and theories
  • Diagrammatic and Embodied Imagery – sign and symbol
  • The Transference embodied in the picture.


11:30AM: Session 2: When words fail: Talismans and Tokens (illustrated talk)

Working with traumatic states through the medium of art

1:00PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop)

2:00PM: Session 3: The Aesthetic countertransference

Practical workshop: (Some art materials required)

3:00PM: Final Plenary The aesthetic countertransference continued.

4:00PM: Close


Suggested reading:


  • Schaverien, J. (1992) The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers


  • Schaverien, J. (1995) Desire and the Female Therapist: Engendered Gazes in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy London & New York Routledge


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Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton
130 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia
W1T 5AY London
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Friday, 16 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

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