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ERIC Number: EJ1146210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Claiming the Polarity of Art Therapy: Lessons from the Field in Colombia
Salom, Andrée
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v34 n2 p68-74 2017
Long-posed questions about art therapy's artistic and psychological polarity are revisited when the profession is introduced into a new country. In a symposium dedicated to the process of advancing the profession in Colombia, attendees who were unfamiliar with art therapy raised questions that resonated with the historical polarity of art versus therapy. To address these questions through analysis of the local context, this article reviews historical and cultural links between art and psychology in Colombia. I conclude that it would be advantageous for art therapists worldwide to explicitly recognize the natural presence of the polarity in art therapy and to claim its benefits. Analyses of both poles point to a unified identity for the profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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