Considering ally development, unconscious bias and intersectionality, the book provides theory, case studies and practical guidance for working with this client group, as well as experiences emerging from within the LGBTQ and CATs community. The contributors cover a wide range of topics, from exploring sexuality and gender identity through portraiture to facilitating a music therapy group with transgender clients, and foster ally development in senior living communities through a multimodal approach.
With research finding that people from the LGBTQ community are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, Creative Art Therapies and the LGBTQ Community provides indispensable guidance for therapists.
Briana MacWilliam is a Professor of Personality Development and Thesis Research and Advisement, as well as the Director of Continuing Education for Pratt Institute's Creative Arts Therapies Department. She is also the editor of Complicated Grief, Attachment, and Art Therapy.
Brian T. Harris is a music psychotherapist and the founding director of the company Creative Arts Psychotherapy. He has worked for over 20 years with a diverse range of clients including LGBTQ clients, trauma, psychiatric, Autism and Alzheimer's.
Dana George Trottier is a registered drama therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association and a licensed creative arts therapist and clinical supervisor. In addition to this, he is also an arts based researcher utilising art modalities to explore the human experience.
Kristin Long is a drama therapist and a psychoanalyst, and has a private practice in New York City working with children, adolescents, families and adults. She has presented nationally and internationally on the importance of attunement within relational dyads.
Suitable for a variety of settings and clinical populations, the book breaks through the analytical jargon of the field and provides first-person narratives of art therapists exploring their own experiences of grief and client case studies.
When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.
Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care.
Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.