ERIC Number: ED388916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Who Owns the Art? An Ethical Question for Art Therapists and Clinicians.
Malchiodi, Cathy A.
Possibly one of the most confusing and controversial aspects of the practice of art therapy has been the maintenance, storage, and disposition of client art expressions. The AATA (American Art Therapy Association) Code of Ethics for Art Therapists and its 1994 revision, "Ethical Standards for Art Therapists," are critiqued. There has been difficulty in ascertaining from the 1994 statement whether art expressions are considered "treatment records" per se, and if they are, whether they must be retained for the stipulated 7-year period. The issue of whether the client owns the art or if it constitutes a medical record has been controversial. Record-keeping involving art expressions in the form of slides, photographs or photocopies can be problematic. Often art created in treatment is extensive, and the question of how completely to reproduce the art is problematic. While an ethical code must be compliant with existing laws and regulations, this article calls for the continued exploration of the significance, meaning and impact of art expression in the lives of clients. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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