Critical perspectives in the arts therapies: Response/ability across a continuum of practice

Nisha Sajnani, Eva Marxen, Rebecca Zarate

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Abstract

This article advances a vision of response/ability in the arts therapies that can respond to the persistence of social exclusion and its impact on mental health, promote diversity, and situate social justice as central to healing. A critical lens, which takes into account how dominant narratives function as a form of social control, is used to analyze and discuss an example of community based art therapy, clinical music therapy, and drama therapy pedagogy. The authors advocate for an epistemological broadening of the body of knowledge in the arts therapies in order to render visible the ways in which arts therapists and educators create spaces of freedom, resistance, experimentation, and empowerment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume54
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • Continuum of practice
  • Critical paradigm
  • Displacement
  • Diversity
  • Dominant narrative
  • Resistance
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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