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50th Anniversary of the Arts Therapy

at University of Hertfordshire

Friday July 22nd 2022

Venue: University of Hertfordshire, School of Creative Arts, Lindop lecture theatres and studios

College Lane, Hatfield, AL10

9.30am – 4.30pm

The purpose of the arts therapies conference is to provide a platform to share the innovative use of the arts in practice in the arts therapies. The day will include lectures, workshops, and masterclasses focusing on the interconnections between different art forms and media. The themes of the day will include methods of integrating different art forms, the central importance of body, movement and expression, the use of response art in its different formats, and 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. 

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.

Shaun and Helen have been invited to keynote the Arts Therapies conference on Friday 22nd July 2022.

Booking information – fees (information required)

Presenters (Input names)

Online and on campus lectures, workshops & masterclasses. (Details needed)

Please explore the links below for detailed information regarding other Art Therapy Conference events.

ENVIRONMENTAL ART THERAPIES CONFERENCE – Saturday 23rd July 2022