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Janek Dubowski

Art Therapy & Surrealism - The Two Sides of the Same Coin

In the same way that the Surrealists (from 1917 to the present day) worked in parallel with Freud and the early Psychoanalysts in developing and exploring the concept of the Unconscious, contemporary Art Therapy continues to use image-making to reveal and explore the inner-world.

Returning to these fundamental roots this masterclass will provide opportunities to both explore this area of our history and to follow the path of the Surrealists in making art designed to open out minds.

Janek Dubowski

I first qualified as an Art Therapist 1977 and subsequently qualified as a psychotherapist, I am also a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I gained my initial clinical experience working in a variety of Psychiatric institutions during the 80s and 90s but gradually moved to University teaching following gaining my PhD in Comparative Psychology in 1983. I have been involved in promoting and helping to develop Art Therapy training at international level including in Lithuania, Ireland, Finland, and Japan. I retired from my position as Acting Head of Department of Psychology at Roehampton University, London in 2020 and I now hold the position of Deputy-Director at the Minster Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling, in London. I was involved in the initial development and formation of ECaRTE while holding the position of Director of Studies for the Arts Therapies at St. Albans College of Art & Design (subsequently the University of Hertfordshire where I held the position of Associate Dean for Research). I have an interest in the history of Psychoanalysis and especially the influence that Freud’s theories of the Unconscious had on the development of Surrealism, and how, in turn, Surrealism continues to inform our understanding of the unconscious.

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