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Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community

Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community

Theory and Practice

Edited by Briana MacWilliam, Brian T Harris, Dana George Trottier, and Kristin Long

Quick Overview

This book addresses research and theory on creative art therapies and the LGBTQ society, and offers illustrations of practical applications including self-studies, case studies and explorations of large group projects.
2019, Paperback / softback, 8.98in x 7.44in / 228mm x 189mm, 288pp
ISBN: 9781785927966

Availability: In stock



Providing theory and practical interventions, this book is the perfect companion to creative arts therapy students and professionals who wish to work with the LGBTQ community and the unique challenges that sexual minorities, transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients face today.

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.


'This is a great educational primer for working with LGBTQ-identifying individuals and has broader implications for working with all people who have been marginalized by our society. The authors encourage us to risk stumbling over unfamiliar nomenclature as well as to reflect on our own gender and sexual identities. This book sensitively guides us toward a necessary queering of our therapy practices, from the way we conduct assessment to how we implement methodology, aiding us all in the enormous task of dismantling oppressive heteronormativity.'
- Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery

'This book attends to a wide range of LGBTQ issues and provides clear guidelines for self-processing as well as tools to work with clients. The authors utilize a co-researching process, where the therapists integrate their clinical experiences and case examples with theory and research to demonstrate best practices. It made me feel a sense of community among creative arts therapists, as well as a strong desire to be orienting my own work more specifically towards LGBTQ+ clients/issues/themes. This book is filling a great need in our field and has the potential to generate necessary work.'
- Alexis Powell, MA, LCAT, RDT, founder of Creative Spark and creator of Powell’s Embodied Multicultural Assessment

'This urgently needed book achieves the editors' judicious intent of sharing best practices for creative arts therapists in offering well-informed and affirming therapy with the LGBTQ community. Critical concepts, such as intersectionality and systems of oppression, are thoughtfully interwoven throughout case studies, practical approaches, and other elements to better combat stigmatization and discrimination.'
- Daniel Blausey, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT Founder, Studio Blue: Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC