FSU Department of Art Education Professor and Chair, Dave Gussak, has recently received noteworthy recognition and press for the release of his new book, Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases.
From a synopsis on Amazon.com:
[quote]”…David Gussak, contracted by the defense to analyze the evidence in this instance, recounts his findings and presentation in court, as well as the future implications of his work for criminal proceedings. Gussak details the role of the art therapist in a murder trial, how to use art as evidence, and the conclusions and assessments experts can draw from a defendant’s art. [/quote]
On Monday, September 16, 2013, Gussak will give an interview to “Your Voice” WVFS.FM, radio station 89.7 (Tallahassee, FL) at 6pm. Later in the week, Gussak hosts two book signings: FSU Bookstore, Wednesday, September 18, at 1pm; Barnes and Noble (Tallahassee Mall), Friday, September 20, at 7pm.
|Radio Station Interview @ WVFS.FM
89.7 (Tallahassee, FL)
|Monday, September 16, 2013
Florida State University campus
104 N. Woodward Ave
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Barnes and Noble
2415 N Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
|Friday, September 20, 2013
Available on Amazon.com
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by Dave Gussak, PhD, ATR-BC
A man murdered one of his children and attempted to kill the other. The prosecution sought the death penalty. The defense exhausted all typical strategies to demonstrate mental illness and they believed the defendant’s art held the answers.
Drawing upon the experiences of an art therapist serving as an expert witness, Art on Trial details in a clear narrative:
For professionals and general readers, this volume presents a gripping case that art can be evidence of a damaged and dangerous psyche.
David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Education and Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Florida State University. He has published and lectured extensively on the use of art therapy in correctional settings and with violent and aggressive clients.