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Potash, Jordan; Ho, Rainbow T. H. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
The art therapist's ability to foster the creative process in service of relationship can be a foundation for infusing a social change paradigm into existing practice. For clients affected by discrimination and stigma, art therapy can promote empathy and understanding of the societal forces involved. In this qualitative study, 46 people…
Descriptors: Caring, Freehand Drawing, Empathy, Mental Disorders
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Harber, Karen – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
A case study illustrates how art therapy was used to elicit the narrative of an adolescent male student in transition from incarceration to a transfer school setting. Childhood trauma was addressed in individual sessions and within a literacy group co-led by a reading specialist. The art therapist responded to the client's needs by broadening the…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Adolescents, Males, Trauma
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Drake, Jennifer E.; Coleman, Katelyn; Winner, Ellen – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
This study examined the effects of expressive media (drawing versus writing) and emotion regulation strategy (coping by venting versus coping by distraction) on short-term mood repair. After inducing a sad mood in 40 participants, the researchers randomly assigned them to one of two conditions: drawing or writing. Mood valence was assessed before…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Freehand Drawing, Writing (Composition), Psychological Patterns
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Bucciarelli, Amy – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
The Person Picking an Apple from a Tree (PPAT) is an art therapy assessment task that is scored using the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) to identify a client's mental health symptoms and progress in art therapy. Normative data are needed to empirically validate assumptions about the PPAT. This report summarizes a normative study of the…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Freehand Drawing, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Mental Disorders
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Vick, Randy M. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
This article discusses ethical questions raised by an exhibition of work by an artist with a history of mental illness and the exhibition's relevance to art therapy and “outsider art” discourse on the subject. Considerations for how such an exhibit could be handled had the circumstances included an art therapist and art therapy client are…
Descriptors: Ethics, Exhibits, Artists, Art Products
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Goldner, Limor; Scharf, Miri – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
This study examined the relationship between children's attachment security, as manifested in their family drawings, and their personality and adjustment. Family drawings were collected from 222 Israeli children, as well as data regarding their personality and adjustment. Each drawing was coded and classified into 1 of 4 attachment categories…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Personality Traits, Adjustment (to Environment), Freehand Drawing
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Talwar, Savneet – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
This article calls for an examination of identity and difference from a sociocultural perspective in art therapy theory and practice. Identity markers such as race, class, gender, and sexuality have tended to be seen in isolation and in ways that hamper the ability to understand and theorize difference. In constructing knowledge and in advancing…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Sexuality, Art Therapy, Racial Factors
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Rominger, Ryan – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
Art making offers the opportunity to reflect upon ineffable experiences, including those surrounding death and dying. This article examines the artwork of two research participants who each reported a near-death experience (NDE). A trans-personal model was used to elicit the narratives and artwork of two individuals: one who experienced a pleasant…
Descriptors: American Indians, Studio Art, Art Education, Models
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Peterson, Brent Christian – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
This study examined survey data from professional credentialed members of the American Art Therapy Association and 8 follow up interviews to determine how art therapists adopt or reject technology and/or new digital media for therapeutic use with their clients. Using Rogers's (2003) "diffusion of innovation" model, the author identified a…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Interviews, Mass Media, Information Technology
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Franklin, Michael – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
Visual empathy through empathic art interventions are discussed in this article with respect to attachment theory; recent research on the mirror neuron system; art, empathy, and mindfulness; and an artistic strategy for crafting third-hand interventions (Kramer, 1986). A case vignette demonstrates the art therapist's applied use of visual art…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Empathy, Intervention, Attachment Behavior
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Lusebrink, Vija B. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) provides a theoretical model for art-based assessments and applications of media in art therapy. The three levels of the ETC (Kinesthetic/Sensory, Perceptual/Affective, and Cognitive/Symbolic) appear to reflect different functions and structures in the brain that process visual and affective information.…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Brain, Evaluation, Models
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Wix, Linney – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
This paper considers the studio in art therapy as a neglected yet key aspect of the field's history. Descriptions of studio art practice among the founders of the American Art Therapy Association and such predecessors as Mary Huntoon were obtained through historical research. Because both art therapy and art studios are hybrid in nature, the…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Professional Associations, Allied Health Personnel, Artists
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Furniss, Gillian J. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
This viewpoint discusses the history of Jessica Park, a professional artist who is an adult with autism. The narrative was constructed from historical descriptive research conducted by the author using published accounts and interviews with the artist, her mother, and two childhood companions. Examples of artwork produced in elementary through…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Autism, Artists, Adults
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Spier, Erin – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
This study examined the effectiveness of a group art therapy intervention within a school setting to increase coping skills and decrease disruptive behaviors in a group of 6 eighth-grade students at risk for making a poor transition to high school. The mixed-method AB single-case experiment measured each individual's changes in behavior and coping…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Group Therapy, Intervention, Grade 8
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Albert, Rachel – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2010
This viewpoint proposes a model of art therapy integrated into an alternative art education program. Because of the pressure to meet educational standards, school systems may be less likely to support clinical programs that take students out of their classes. A blended model of art therapy and art education that utilizes effective strategies from…
Descriptors: Art Education, Art Therapy, Nontraditional Education, Integrated Activities
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