Theoretical Advances of Art Therapy

TAoAT Conference October 2000

TAoAT Triumph

The Beeches Management Centre, in the leafy Birmingham suburb of Bournville. was the venue for the 'Theoretical Advances of Art Therapy' (TAoAT) Conference held in October. The organising committee of Liz Ashby, Ann Cody, Martin Cody, Christine Lyle and Fran Short had changed the format of the Conference so that those attending would he able to hear 3 long papers (of 45 minutes each) and 2 short papers (of about 25 minutes each) throughout the course of the day. The planning and hard work that had gone into the Conference was evident not only in the variety and quality of the papers presented, but also in the excellent organisation that characterised every aspect of the day. This meant that those attending were not distracted by the sort of problems that so often plague BAAT gatherings, but instead were able to enjoy and participate fully in the thought-provoking discussions and debates.

The Abstracts in the TAoAT publicity brochure clearly intrigued many BAAT members. Not only were the 150 Conference tickets sold out, but a further 40 applicants were left disappointed. Alongside the Papers presented, an exhibition of art works by Chris Lyle, Ruth Merriman Mandy Rogers, Fran Short, Gillian Soloman and Sally Weston, showed each artist's response to the art therapy process. Add to all this a leisurely, appetising lunch, and well-placed breaks throughout the day, and it is easy to see why people were already asking about TAoAT 2002.

To be sure of a place for that, however. you will clearly need to book early!

Papers were presented by the following, and extracts are available on this web site: (click on the presenter’s name)

Malcolm Learmonth

Towards a Rationale for Art Therapy

Dr Paola Luzzatto

An analysis of the art therapy field and the concept of symbolic work as the core of the art therapy approach

Sarah Bennet

When words are not enough

Pauline Mottram

Developing a Methodology to evaluate outcomes in art therapy

Joy Schaverien

Art and Psychotherapy: A less Uneasy Partnership? Exiled States of Mind, An Analytical Approach

Marian Liebmann

Working with elderly Asian clients

Papers were also presented by Patrick Loftus (long paper), and by Felicity Aldridge, John Birtchnell, Martin Cody, Barrie Dammarel, Jane Dudley, David Edwards, Andrea Gilroy, Helen Greenwood, Karen Huckvale, Marion Liebmann David MacLagan, Mandy Rogers, Sally Skaife, and Christine Wood (short papers).


Index of presenters

 

Malcolm Learmonth

Dr Paola Luzzatto

Sarah Bennet

Pauline Mottram

Joy Schaverien

Marian Leibmann