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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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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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Ling, Thomson J.; Hauck, Jessica M.; Doyle, Caitlin J.; Percario, Kristy N.; Henawi, Tiffany – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Although several ethical decision-making methods exist, there is a dearth of research evaluating their use and effectiveness. This study examined graduate student papers by both art therapy and counseling students that applied either the DO ART model (developed for art therapists) or the ABCDE worksheet (for general mental health usage) to case…
Descriptors: Ethics, Decision Making, Models, Art Therapy
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Orkibi, Hod – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Some creative arts therapists see themselves as members of a marginalized profession compared to established health-care professions that have more political clout. This study compared job satisfaction and professional collective self-esteem (CSE) in a sample of 288 Israeli professionals: 158 creative arts therapists (of whom 48% were art…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Self Esteem, Job Satisfaction
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Fenner, Patricia; Mohamad, Zakaria B. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
An Australian-Malaysian cross-cultural, group art therapy and focus group study located in Terengganu, Malaysia, explored the lived experience of women with responsibilities for raising their children alone, following divorce. This qualitative study had 2 aims: (a) to understand the women's lived experiences, and (b) to determine their experience…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Divorce, One Parent Family, Mothers
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Garti, Dana; Bat Or, Michal – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
This study explores the subjective experience of art therapists who work with bereaved clients. Eight art therapists were given an art-based task and completed a semistructured interview. Qualitative analysis revealed 3 themes conceived in axes: (a) facilitating emotional expressiveness and control, (b) fluctuating between presence and absence of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Art Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Grief
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Nolan, Emily – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2019
Community art therapy studios promote individual and communal transformation outside of traditional health settings. In this qualitative study, 3 art therapists observed 6 sessions of a community art therapy studio by making art and writing observations. Synthesis of their findings indicated the importance of tending to healthy relationships.…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Studio Art, Allied Health Personnel, Creative Activities
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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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