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Dr Libby Byrne Lecturer, Art Therapy

Libby Byrne works as an Artist who follows the invitation and discovery of art into new ways of being with people in liminal spaces. Within her studio practice Libby works with ideas, images and experiences to extend the way we think, perceive and respond to questions of meaning and existence.

As an Art Therapist, Libby has worked in the public health sector specialising in palliative care and trauma recovery. Over the past decade she has been involved with teaching and research in the Master of Art Therapy Program at La Trobe University. Her PhD study was a Practice-led Theological inquiry into ‘Healing Art and the Art of Healing’, with a focus on experience of living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Libby is now developing a growing body of research in the emerging field of Practice-led Theological Inquiry and her work addresses the nature and significance of art, both made and received, in the process of healing that is required for human beings to flourish and live well with illness and in health.

Libby is a professional member of ANZACATA, an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Divinity and a member of the Centre for Religion and Social Policy (RASP). She is a Peer Reviewer for three international journals: ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, The Arts in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. She is also a board member and reviewer for the Journal of Applied Arts and Health.

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