American Art Therapy Association Conference 2013
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a non-practicing art therapist.
I’ve long believed in the healing power of art and my chosen career path as a bookbinder has definitely been influenced by my graduate training. I enjoy knowing that when one of my blank books is purchased, whether a photo album or a journal, it will be used to tell someone’s story.
Every year, when the American Art Therapy Association has their annual conference, I get a bit sentimental. Over the years, I’ve seen more conference presentations acknowledging the book arts as a therapeutic medium. Unfortunately, this year’s conference held in Seattle, WA from June 26 – 30, offers only one option:
The Use of Self Books to Explore Identity in Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder
Jessica Drass, MA
In this workshop participants will explore the use of self-books when working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and trauma histories. This project is based on a simple bookmaking process and addresses issues of self-awareness, identity, containment, and control.
I guess I’m happy that’s there’s something booky!
You can read a review of Drass’ lecture/workshop as it was presented at the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association’s annual conference. It sounds pretty cool!