Elisabeth Stone Matho

Elizabeth Stone has been an art therapist and psychoanalyst, currently in private practice in Grenoble, France using a modern psychoanalytic approach. She works with adults, adolescents and children and had worked in Adult Oncology at the Grenoble CHU. A faculty member of Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens of the Catholic University of Lyon from 2008 to 2016, she taught and supervised, previously, at New York University, Graduate Art Therapy Program, in New York from 1976 to 1989, where she did her own undergraduate and graduate studies. She has been involved in the training and supervision of art therapists in Italy, Switzerland, France and the US for many years. A graduate of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, she lectures and publishes widely on creative expression in art therapy and psychotherapy in Europe and the US. A New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, she had been Ethics Committee Chair for the American Art Therapy Association from 2009-2011 and currently chairs the Ethics Committee of EFAT (European Federation of Art Therapy) as well as serving on its Applications Review Committee.

Abstract of paper: SENSORY CONTACT IN ART THERAPY: DIMENSIONS OF
TOUCH

“To touch or not to touch” in art therapy? This presentation will examine the patient/client-art therapist relationship regarding touch from both the clinical and ethical points of view. Ambiguities fundamental to the art therapy experience regarding touch will be highlighted. Still another side of touch, also central to the art therapy experience, is the sensory-affective dimension. We will explore the nuances of sensorial interaction involving the art materials and their therapeutic impact on individuals. Finally, we will evoke the implicit realm of “affective touch,” that is, how we are “touched” emotionally and relationally through the art therapy experience. This presentation will provide a framework for understanding the many facets of touch often subtly interwoven within art therapy through a series of case vignettes and clinical anecdotes. Ample time will permit lively discussion with participants.

Abstract of workshop: SENSORY DIMENSIONS OF TOUCH: IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT MODES OF CONTACT IN GROUP ART THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY
This workshop will permit us to reflect upon the many ways that touch is evoked during a group art therapeutic activity. Through the use of the art materials in response to a theme, participants will have the opportunity to observe themselves and others with respect to the various sensory aspects of the use of art materials in a group with others and how we are impacted as well as impact others. Whether we come into direct contact (explicit) or indirect or internal (implicit) contact, we have the opportunity to share our experience.