Book Review: Art Psychotherapy Groups in the Hostile Environment of Neo- Liberalism: Collusion or Resistance? Edited by Sally Skaife and Jon Martyn (2022)

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Chris Wood


This book contains a lot to think about. Reviewing it has taken me a long time because it concerns a discussion of many important issues in my life and my work. It unpacks the challenges of working and living in a world dominated by austerity politics. In particular, the book looks at the impact of austerity on art therapy and art psychotherapy groups. Sally Skaife and Jon Martyn explain how their experiences of political activism enabled them to work together on editing and shaping their book. It is unusual and yet welcome to me when therapists discuss the effects of the political world on their theory and practice.

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