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Wardi-Zonna, Katherine – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2020
Clay is an effective medium in art therapy insofar as it promotes mindfulness, acceptance, and a keen awareness of impermanence. Specifically, Buddhist-inspired lessons of meditative practices permeate the clay studio and embody ceramic arts techniques such as wabi-sabi and kintsugi. Of all art media, clay offers a hands-on approach that…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Ceramics, Buddhism, Metacognition
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Arnold, Rebecca – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2020
This pilot study explored how creative engagement could serve as a way to navigate the personal loss experiences of professional art therapists. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 3 participants. The results identified 6 themes and 16 subthemes: balancing personal experiences and professional practice, awareness of time, the loss…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Creativity, Visual Arts, Grief
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Kaimal, Girija; Carroll-Haskins, Katrina; Berberian, Marygrace; Dougherty, Abby; Carlton, Natalie; Ramakrishnan, Arun – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2020
Virtual reality (VR) therapies have been used in health and mental health care settings. The applicability of VR expressive tools has not yet been examined adequately in the creative arts therapies. This pilot qualitative study reports on 17 participants' experiences with VR art-making tools to determine its relevance to art therapy practice and…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Art Therapy, Self Expression, Mental Health
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Hauck, Jessica M.; Ling, Thomson J. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2020
The DO ART ethical decision-making model for art therapy offers a series of steps and questions for considering dilemmas. However, there is a noticeable absence of art making in this process. There has been much literature indicating that art making informed by tenets of art therapy can provide valuable insight into decision-making, and help…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Ethics, Decision Making, Art Activities
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Campenni, C. Estelle; Hartman, Ashley – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2020
This randomized controlled study examined effects of mandala (structured and unstructured) and instruction (directed expression and free expression) on state anxiety, mood, and state mindfulness. Participants included 69 undergraduates randomly assigned to one of four conditions following anxious mood induction. The design followed 2 (mandala) X 2…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Metacognition, Art Products, Undergraduate Students
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Hyatt, Liza – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2020
The combination of an art therapist's personal trauma with secondary traumatic stress can lead to compassion fatigue. Inspired by narrative art therapy methods, the author engaged in memoir writing, art responses, authentic movement, and public exhibition. This creative life review identified ways in which her nervous system responses to clients'…
Descriptors: Daily Living Skills, Art Therapy, Burnout, Trauma
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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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Koo, Jongsoon; Thomas, Elizabeth – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of art therapy for 9 children with autism spectrum disorder in India using a pre-post experimental design with a control group. The Childhood Autism Rating Scale was used to measure symptoms before and after 8 individual art therapy sessions, and changes in the children's art development was…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis
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Holt, Nicola J.; Furbert, Leah; Sweetingham, Emily – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
This research sought to replicate and extend work suggesting that coloring can reduce anxiety, asking whether coloring can improve cognitive performance. In 2 experiments, undergraduates (N = 47, N = 52) colored and participated in a control condition. Subjective and performance measures of mood and mindfulness were included: an implicit mood test…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Therapy, Anxiety, Undergraduate Students
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