Art therapy and mental health
Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Duration: 91 Minutes
Rob Gray

Our presenter for this webinar, Rob Gray was privileged to work in a research psychiatric hospital in Munich, Germany where research focused on the wellness of the clients and not the sponsors. This meant that not one treating approach was favoured towards other ones and the environment was not competitive where the psychiatrist for example would try to impress with a new drug. The collaborative approach helped work out what actually worked best for which mental health illness, at what stage and in which combination.

When Rob started working there, research in the art therapy department had been going for over 30 years, and the department saw clients who were staying on average 6 months to a year and were able to receive five days a week art therapy.

The knowledge which came out of this research for art therapy has not really been reflected in the literature, and Rob was one of the very few who published some of the findings and possibly the only one who published in English.

During this webinar Rob shares his findings around what art therapy can do for depression, anxiety and possibly also for some of the more complex illnesses. He sets the scene for a place of learning, curiosity, an open heart and questioning.

More about Rob Gray
A highly regarded art therapy lecturer from Germany, Rob Gray has degrees in art therapy, psychology and theology. As a psychologist, he is able to present art therapy practices in an evidence-based context which further facilitates a well-founded and comprehensible training program. He leads the field in art therapy with his unique integration of psychological techniques and spiritual practices.

Rob is a member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA), registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi). He offers clinical supervision (online) for students and professionals in many countries, is Director of the College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy and author of Art Therapy and Psychology - A Step-by-Step Guide for Practitioners.
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