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Van Lith, Theresa; Beerse, Megan – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Questioning whether the hierarchy of evidence is a good fit for the art therapy profession furthers the scholarly climate of art therapy research practices. Contemporary art therapy research practices are reviewed in 8 notable areas: effectiveness, salience, functionality, appropriateness, safeness, cost-effectiveness, program satisfaction, and…
Descriptors: Art, Art Therapy, Art Materials, Evidence
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Fish, Barbara J. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Since the beginning of the field, many art therapists have used artwork as a practice to help them manage and understand their work with clients. In contemporary times, this form of creativity is known as response art. Some of the original writings about response art refer to its use to elucidate countertransference. This article provides an…
Descriptors: Art, Art Therapy, Studio Art, Creativity
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McNiff, Shaun – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Reflections on 5 decades of art therapy experience continuously return to a focus on how art heals. This question is addressed along two lines of thought. The first acknowledges the simultaneous existence of transcultural, shared dimensions of art, together with infinite differences in people, communities, and artistic expressions. The second…
Descriptors: Art, Art Therapy, Art Expression, Creativity
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Doby-Copeland, Cheryl – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Sarah McGee's major contribution to the profession of art therapy was her use of traditional African healing practices in her work with clients. Her immersive training as a ndeppkat (spiritual healer) and Lébou Ndepp rituals in Senegal offered a foundation for her approach to therapy. These rituals informed her work, even in secular settings,…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Art, African Culture, Foreign Countries
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King, Juliet L.; Kaimal, Girija; Konopka, Lukasz; Belkofer, Christopher; Strang, Christianne E. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Advances in the field of neuroscience can be used to support scientific research and best practices in the profession of art therapy. This article provides a general overview of how neuroscience informs art therapy by providing an overview of neuroscience research in art therapy and offering practical applications for adopting a…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Neurosciences, Scientific Research, Psychological Patterns
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Stepney, Stella A. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Art therapy in the United States has historically failed to document the contributions of people of color in the foundation of the profession. The American Art Therapy Association sought to correct the record when it created the criteria for the Meritorious Contribution award. This honor was conferred on 4 Black art therapists--Georgette Powell,…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, African Americans, Awards, Allied Health Personnel
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Tripp, Tally – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
The Ulman Personality Assessment Procedure (UPAP) is a historical art therapy tool based on a series of experiential directives that consists of 4 drawings completed in a single session. The UPAP provides multiple ways of viewing a client's psychological state and symbolic expression. Despite its often marginalized and seemingly antiquated…
Descriptors: Personality Measures, Art Therapy, Freehand Drawing, Psychotherapy
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Guseva, Elena – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Art therapy appears to be well positioned to assist people with dementia in improving their psychological well-being and quality of life because of its ability to address neuropsychiatric symptoms and to circumvent declining cognitive and verbal capacities. However, despite increased interest in nonpharmacological approaches to the care of people…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Dementia, Neurology, Evidence Based Practice
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Cross, Gemma; Brown, Patricia M. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
This study compared the effects of 2 art activities (structured and nonstructured) and a focused breathing exercise on outcome measures of mindfulness, anxiety, and affect. Seventy-seven participants, recruited from university students and the general public, were randomly assigned to either 15 min of coloring a mandala (structured), free drawing…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Therapy, Metacognition, Anxiety
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Councill, Tracy Dee; Ramsey, Kristin – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
This viewpoint describes the case of a 4-year-old boy's journey in art therapy after his cancer had returned, which despite surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, ultimately claimed his life. The patient and his family participated in art therapy over the course of 18 months. As an integrated, palliative component of treatment, art therapy helped…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Health Services, Terminal Illness, Cancer
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Choe, Nancy S.; Carlton, Natalie R. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Art therapists face challenges of implementing digital or new media art practices due to concerns for privacy, confidentiality, and unfamiliarity with legal standards and best practices. This article discusses the ethical challenges of digital media use in art therapy, illustrated with case vignettes. The authors present informed consent…
Descriptors: Informed Consent, Art Therapy, Computer Literacy, Ethics
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Anand, Susan A.; Houston, Lillian J.; Avent, Lindsay C.; Glenn, Tamara – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
This article describes a collaborative educational program for psychiatry residents who co-lead art therapy groups with a licensed art therapist in an adult outpatient clinic. Since the program's inception 10 years ago, 60 residents have completed the training, which includes art making with patients in group sessions. Residents have participated…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Psychiatry, Graduate Students, Medical Students
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Bat Or, Michal; Kourkoutas, Elias; Smyrnaki, Maria; Potchebutzky, Hamutal – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
This article discusses the clinical benefit of comparing and integrating responses to 2 drawing tasks based on a small study that explored self-agency representations in children with disruptive behavior problems. Qualitative analysis of the children's free drawing and a Person Picking an Apple from a Tree (PPAT) task, as well as comparison of…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Art Therapy, Art Activities, Behavior Problems
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Björling, Elin A.; Stevens, Christine; Singh, Narayan B. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
A participatory pilot study researched mindfulness sessions informed by art therapy for adolescent girls suffering from headaches. Researchers worked closely with 8 participants to customize and implement an appropriate mindfulness-based art intervention. Program evaluation included both quantitative and qualitative outcomes, including pre- and…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Metacognition, Adolescents, Females
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Durrani, Huma – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Art therapy has the potential to address some of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by promoting sensory regulation, supporting psychomotor development, and facilitating communication. The multisensory nature of art materials and the relational aspect of art making lends itself to the treatment of the challenges inherent in ASD…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Intervention, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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