Alexander Kopytin, PhD, is a certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist also trained in art psychotherapy. He holds a position of Сhair, Russian Art Therapy Association. Alexander also teaches art therapy at the St. Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education and the St.- Petersburg State Medical Mechnikov University, where he works as the head of the post-graduate diploma course in art therapy. He has led workshops and presentations in many local and international conferences and runs and supervises therapy and training groups. Alexander has numerous publications in the forms of monographs and edited volumes and papers in Russian and international journals.
Assessing & Developing Emotional Competencies through Art
Alexander Kopytin, PhD
This 2,5-3hour workshop is a presentation of diagnostic and expressive capacities of two art therapy tools, Test of Artistic and Emotional Perception (TAEP) and Art Constructor (AC). Test of Artistic and Emotional Perception (TAEP) explores respondents’ ability to identify emotions expressed through a series of abstract paintings in their combination with silhouettes of human figures. Diagnostic procedure and TAEP validity based on research of different clinical groups will be presented. Various possibilities to integrate the same process based on combining abstract standardized paintings and silhouettes of human figures to express different emotions as projective and artistic activity will be introduced. Participants will learn how to apply Art Constructor (AC) as a means to develop emotional competences and artistic and emotional sensitivity of their clients and therapeutically work with their feelings. Examples of clinical applications of TAEP and AC, as well as consideration of these tools in the context of postmodern art and multimedia creative and expressive activities involving dance and movement, dramatic enactments, and visual narrative practices will be discussed.