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ERIC Number: EJ777014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 33
Technology Training for Future Art Therapists: Is There a Need?
Orr, Penelope P.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v23 n4 p191-196 2006
The focus of this study was art therapy students' and professionals' perceptions of their preparedness to understand and deal with technology as an art media and work tool within the practice of art therapy. To study the need for training in technology, surveys were sent to 177 current art therapy students and practicing art therapists resulting in a 32.2% return rate. The survey targeted American Art Therapy Association (AATA) members who were either current students or practicing art therapists. Credentialed professionals and students were randomly selected from the AATA membership directory. Questions focused on current use of technology (defined as computers and accessories, the internet, and digital-based tools) within art therapy practice, current and past training in technology use, the quality of that training, ideas about training needs, and demographic data. The findings of the questionnaire showed that those who responded had little formal training but in general were using technology in their practices. This points to a need for looking further at what types of training would best meet art therapists' needs and how best to accomplish this. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Professional Training, Computer Literacy, Attitude Measures, College Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Internet, Counseling Techniques, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States