On Friday 23 October, we were very pleased to welcome an international guest to work with our arts therapy students. Lynn Kapitan is an art therapist, researcher and Doctoral Program Director from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI (USA). She is the former Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Past President of AATA, and author of Introduction to Art Therapy Research (available from the Whitecliffe Library). She has taught graduate art therapy for 25 years, having co-founded masters and doctoral degree programs at Mount Mary. She currently practices cross-cultural community art therapy, primarily as a pro bono research consultant for arts and non-governmental agencies in the United States and Latin America.
An art therapist activist, Lynn’s research interests have been in the evolution of art therapy as an emancipatory art form for social transformation. In a full day master class, she inspired us to consider ourselves as change agents and to imagine how we can have a greater impact on our world. Drawing from over a decade of community-based research and practice she presented her innovative approach to community-based research and practice in Latin America. She led us through a rich combination of movement and art experientials and informative theoretical material. She challenged us to commit to 'cultural fluency' with an emphasis on dynamism, flexibility and humility, and to cultivate critical consciousness that is self-reflective so that we can be ethical and equity-minded arts therapists.
Here is a commentary from a student; "I so enjoyed the Lynn Kapitan class yesterday. What a beautiful person to work with, everything she said and did was with absolute authenticity and such ease. I learned so much not only from the content, but from simply sharing a space with her. Thank you, Ruth."
image caption: MAAT students with Lynn Kapitan (front row, second from right)