Research webinar forums

Forum 1: Wednesday 28th Feb from 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Hosted by Ella Dumaresq, Zoom link

Article for discussion: David Read Johnson, (2009). Commentary: Examining underlying paradigms in the creative arts therapies of trauma, The Arts in Psychotherapy, 36, 114–120.

I’ve chosen this reading to introduce the idea of ‘paradigms’ as this relates to research, and hopefully introducing some reflection around which paradigms or frameworks each of us is familiar with or interested in. I found it a helpful resource in terms of thinking about how different frameworks influence our field, and also locating where my interests lie as a practitioner-researcher. The article refers to CATs more broadly. Future articles will be more specifically DMT based.

Questions for discussion:

  • What is your understanding of the term ‘paradigm’ as it relates to this article?
  • The article describes some of the main paradigms which creative arts therapists have tended to draw on in both practice and research. Do you draw on any of these frameworks or paradigms in your own practice as a DM therapist? For example, do you identify with a psychoanalytic framework, or CBT paradigm, or combination of different frameworks?
  • Are there any other paradigms which inform your work which are not listed in this article?
  • Why might an understanding of paradigms be useful when thinking about DMT in a research context?
  • What are the main aspects of this article which stand out for you? Are there aspects of this argument which you agree with, or would like to critique?