Art therapy enables the client and therapist to explore issues that may ordinarily be beyond words; one such issue is the complexity of gender, which can be a subject of therapy in a myriad range of ways. This is convincingly demonstrated by the contributions to this book, which cover such topics as internalised homophobia in therapist and client; art and pregnancy, childbirth and reproductive loss; art therapy with women-only and men-only groups; feminist art therapy; and gender stereotypes. These wide-ranging papers cover both theoretical and practical topics, giving clinical examples and instances of clients' artwork to illustrate their arguments. The contributors, all established art therapists, bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to the topic of gender in art therapy. Professionals and students in this field will find the insights contained in this book both fascinating and valuable.
Susan Hogan taught twentieth-century art history and theory at the University of New South Wales and the National Art School, Sydney. She served as Vice-President of the Australian National Art Therapy Association. She is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby's School of Health and Community Studies, and is the author of Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.