With the AATA Conference quickly approaching, I am putting finishing touches on my all-day workshop, Bookbinding for Clients and Therapists. Bookbinding was my primary art form for many years, and I have taught dozens and dozens of bookbinding and journaling classes to artists, therapists, clients, and others. I am so excited to bring all that I have learned to the 20 class participants!

I have no more made my book than my book has made me.

—Michele de Montaigne, 16th century

The problem with bookbinding is that people think it is too complex to use in art therapy. Frankly, bookbinding has gotten a bad reputation for being finicky, impossibly complex, perfectionistic, and overstimulating. In the class we will be making 5 books from materials that can largely be found in office supply stores. Participants will no longer have any excuses for not making books with clients!

I love using books in therapy. We are so accustomed to giving journaling assignments, thought records, externalizing a narrative, and other therapy assignments that lend themselves well to books. I think it’s time to tear down the walls of resistance! Maybe someday I’ll need to publish this as a book.

Until then, enjoy your preparations for DC and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

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