Session: Building Capacity for Art-Based Social Work Research, Education, & Practice (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

All in-person and virtual presentations are in Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

SSWR 2023 Poster Gallery: as a registered in-person and virtual attendee, you have access to the virtual Poster Gallery which includes only the posters that elected to present virtually. The rest of the posters are presented in-person in the Poster/Exhibit Hall located in Phoenix A/B, 3rd floor. The access to the Poster Gallery will be available via the virtual conference platform the week of January 9. You will receive an email with instructions how to access the virtual conference platform.

SSRPCB-4 Building Capacity for Art-Based Social Work Research, Education, & Practice

Thursday, January 12, 2023: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Camelback A, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Rogerio Pinto, PhD, University of Michigan and Shelley Cohen Konrad, PhD, University of New England
Evidence suggests that art-based practices - illustrations, photography, poetry, dance, music, and performance - used as research methods offer insight that informs and improves practice with disenfranchised and minoritized groups. Art-based methodology surfaces untold narratives that both deconstruct and add to our knowledge of clients’ realities. Creative tensions raise fruitful dialogue that evoke diverse perspectives offering new ways for participants to give voice to their experiences and meaningfully engage researchers.

This workshop invites social workers to learn about art-based research and share experiences using it to guide inquiry, education, and practice. Artistic skills are not required! Brief didactic presentation, small group discussions, consultation, and debrief will be used in the workshop. Collectively, we will (1) define what we mean by “art�, (2) describe and demonstrate how art-forms and artifacts are used in the research process, (3) discuss how art-making is used for data collection, interpretation, and dissemination of findings, (4) consider how community-engaged art-based inquiry enhances beneficial collaborations with communities, and (5) engage in an experiential exercise that applies key principles for using art practices in research. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with art as a critical tool for social work practice, build and sharpen their research skills using myriad types of expressive modalities, and cull ideas to bring back to their respective settings and communities. We hope to promote the use of art-based research to better inform education and practice, especially with diverse populations and those experiencing circumstances that are often too difficult for words.

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