Lynette Callaghan

Research Interests

I explore well-being through making art with a healing purpose. Using myself as a research subject I document both the thinking and art making process. This research of self and well-being, in conjunction with the evaluation of relevant academic literature, is used to inform my art therapy practice and program content. In order to gauge the effectiveness of these programs I interview art therapy participants about their affect before and after the art therapy sessions, with a view to writing follow-up art therapy research articles (participants’ written consent is an ethical requirement).

Trained as a Visual Arts teacher at the College of Fine Arts (COFA) in Sydney I later completed postgraduate study in the field of Special Education at Charles Sturt University. My Master of Art Therapy degree was awarded from Western Sydney University. At present I work as a Creative Arts Subject Coordinator/ Sessional Academic at Charles Sturt University, as an Art Therapist in a hospital setting and in private practice.

Participation in numerous group art exhibitions saw my work exhibited in a variety of locations, a few of which are, NSW Parliament House, MAMA in Albury and Artspace Wodonga. I advocate for mental health through Community Arts and Cultural Contribution Programs such as the Flourish well-being art workshops and exhibitions at Creators Artspace. This advocacy resulted in my Flourish research findings being published online by Mental Health Australia. My articles on mental health have also been selected for publication in the peer reviewed journal and newsletter of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA).

Lynette Callaghan