Special Issue 8 (1) 2016 “Music, drama, dance movement and art therapy: Interdisciplinary dialogues” – Article (first published on 16 April 2016)
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The CATI team: Experiences and reflections regarding the co-action of arts therapies
Foteini Athanasiadou, Diana Kagiafa, Vicky Karkou, Mytro Lykopoulou, Tasos Babalis, Aggeliki Bitzaraki, Candia Bouzioti, Ergina Sampathianaki & Giorgos Tsiris
This article describes the trajectory of the CATI team – a team of Greek arts therapists who work in Greece and the UK. In addition to a historic documentation of the team’s work since 2011, personal experiences and reflections of the team members are described, as these emerged through an artistic inquiry process. Drawing from the work and experiences of the CATI team, the authors set questions and offer suggestions regarding interdisciplinary collaboration while considering the broader field of arts therapies not only in Greece but also internationally.
arts therapies, CATI team, interdisciplinary collaboration, artistic inquiry
Foteini Athanasiadou studied dance movement psychotherapy (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) and is a member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (UK ADMP). Her professional experience as a therapist includes clinical work with children and adults in schools, health institutions and social settings in Greece and Great Britain.
Diana Kagiafa is an art psychotherapist in the field of palliative care, educator and supervisor at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, she has worked extensively on the organisation of international seminars (4ArTS) and seminars in Greece (CATI) for the arts therapies, as well as on the promotion of the profession in Greece through teaching and writing.
Vicky Karkou is professor at Edge Hill University in the UK, researcher in the field of arts therapies, supervisor and dance movement psychotherapist. She has authored and edited two books and is currently preparing her third book in the field.
Mytro Lykopoulou is a ceramist and art therapist. She has worked with diverse populations as an art therapist with individuals and groups. Currently she is working as a ceramist in Athens and prepares a space where she will be conducting art therapy with clay.
Tasos Babalis is a psychologist, drama therapist and theatre teacher. He has presented his drama therapy work at conferences and in relevant articles in peer-reviewed journals. He works privately in Aigio and Athens.
Aggeliki Bitzaraki is a dance movement therapist with studies in social anthropology and training as a group facilitator (non-directive intervening approach).
Candia Bouzioti is a music therapist (New York University) and vocal psychotherapist (Vancouver Vocal Psychotherapy Institute Training). She is the vice-chair of the Greek Association of Certified Professional Music Therapists (ESPEM).
Ergina Sampathianaki is a music therapist. She is currently working at the Nordoff Robbins Centre in London, as well as with the paediatric music therapy team at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and also as a clinical supervisor. She is member of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Giorgos Tsiris works as a researcher at Nordoff Robbins and lecturer in music therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.