Professor, Creative Arts Therapies
Josée Leclerc is Professor in the Art Therapy Graduate Program, Department of Creative Arts Therapies. A board-certified art therapist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, she has been working in private practice for the last 25 years. Dr. Leclerc obtained her PhD from the interdisciplinary Humanities Doctoral Program at Concordia University. She pursued her interdisciplinary research on the convergence between art and psychoanalysis with a three-year research grant from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et culture (FQRSC), which culminated in the publication of Art et psychanalyse: pour une pensée de l'atteinte [Art and psychoanalysis: When the image strikes], as well as several articles. Her current research focuses on art and trauma. She has obtained a three-year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for the study of survival strategies in the art of six women deported from France to Nazi's prisons and camps. More recently, she has been studying the usefulness of response-art to foster awareness of racial discrimination. She has been offering workshops in Europe, the US and in Canada. Dr. Leclerc has published her work in monographs and scientific journals in Canada, the U.S., and in France, and has lectured extensively both at the national and international level.
Art and Trauma: To examine the survival strategies in images produced in the context of genocides (SSHRC funded research). To study how response-art may foster awareness of racial discrimination (Concordia Seed Grant)
Research questions include:
Dispositifs thérapeutiques et institutions de soin: enjeux cliniques contemporains de la consultationthérapeutique, Commission Recherche UniversitéParis 13-SPC; PI: Dr. Catherine Matha, Psychologie Clinique, Université Paris13 (24,500 Euros), 2015-2016.
Therapeutic settings and care-providinginstitutions: Contemporary clinical issues in the therapeutic consultation, InternationalPsychoanalytic Association. PI: Dr. Isabelle Lasvergnas, UQÀM(15,300 US), 2016-2017.
Leclerc, J. (accepted). What Seeks to be Represented: On the Sayable and theVisible in the Analytic Situation and in Mediated Psychotherapy.
London, UK: Routledge.
Leclerc, J. (accepted). Dispositif, disposition : le cadre de l’analyste en institution. Paris : Carnet Psy,Ed. Éres.
Leclerc, J. (sous presse). Ce qui cherche à se figurer : du dicible et du visible dans le cadre de l'analyse et en psychothérapie à médiation. Monographie: Filigrane..
Leclerc, J. & Drapeau,C-E. (2018). Response-art as a reflective inquiry: Fostering awareness of racism, The Arts in Psychotherapy Journal, 60,
Thaler, L., Drapeau,C.-E., Leclerc, J.,Lajeunesse, M., Cottiera,D., Kahana, E., Ferenczy, N. & Steiger,H. (2017). An adjunctive, museum-based art therapy experience in the treatment of women with severe eating disorders. The Arts in Psychotherapy 56,pp. 1-6.
Toward the Recognition and Regulationof Art Therapy: A Painting of the Canadian Landscape, panel, CanadianArt Therapy Association AnnualConference, Concordia U., October 12-14, 2018.
Raising Awareness of Racism through Response-Art, research workshops, Masters’ program in Art
Psychotherapy,Division of Occupational Therapy
and Arts Therapies, Queen MargaretUniversity, April 23-27, 2018.
Raising Awareness of Racism through Response-Art, research workshop, Department of Creative ArtsTherapies, June 8th 2018.
Genocidal art, response-art and efforts to awaken consciousness ofracism: Discussing ethics and
methodology, J.Leclerc & C.-E. Drapeau,
48th Annual Conference,American Art Therapy
Association, Albuquerque, NM,Nov. 8-12, 2017.
La consultation psychanalytique en institution : quels transferts ?,Ciantaretto, J.-F., Cornalba, V., Lasvergnas. I., Leclerc, J., Matha, C. & Pinard, L., Paris, 3-4 mars 2017.
Ciantaretto, J.-F., Cornalba, V., Lasvergnas. I., Leclerc, J., Matha, C. & Pinard, L., Montréal, 29 oct 2016
Fostering consciousness of racist discrimination through response-art: A phenomenological research study, Canadian Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, Toronto, October 14-16, 2016
La consultation psychanalytique aujourd’hui, Ciantaretto, J.-F., Cornalba, V., Lasvergnas. I., Leclerc, J., Matha, C. & Pinard, L., Séminaire franco-québécois et projet de recherche international, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, 21-22 mai 2016.
The creative arts therapies within the context of Law 21, Creative Arts Therapies Awareness Week Symposium, March 19, 2016.
Art-thérapie: fondements théoriques et applications thérapeutiques, invited speaker, UTA–Université de Sherbrooke, March 3, 2016.
Response-art as a reflective inquiry: Fostering awareness of racism, J. Leclerc & C.-E. Drapeau,
invited speakers, The Arts in Cultural Psychiatry: Identity,Creativity and Transformation, Advanced Study Institute, Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, June 1-3, 2015.
Répondre de l’image: L’art comme vecteur de conscientisation, Colloquium Art, creativity and well-being: Progress and challenges in the research in creative arts therapies, Acfas Congress, Montréal, May 12-13, 2014.
Art response and trauma research, invited speaker, training on trauma, Master’s Program in Drama Therapy, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, April 3-5, 2014.
Response-Art as a Reflective Inquiry: Raising Awareness of Racism, research workshop, European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education, Paris, Sept. 11-14, 2013.
En mal d’archive: traitement des images concentrationnaires, Journées d’études La confiance altérée,UQÀM et le CÉLAT, May 5-6, 2011.
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