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Timm-Bottos, Janis – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
Beyond a counseling or psychotherapy practice, the future of art therapy demands a new type of creativity, solidarity, and social inclusion. This viewpoint explores the art therapy profession and the role of educational practices to envision change in uncertain times. Art therapists have the ability to offer expertise in the serious dilemmas…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Educational Practices, Allied Health Personnel, Expertise
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Spooner, Heather – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
In this viewpoint the author makes a case for developing a clear and concise definition of art therapy that can easily be adopted by art therapists working across a spectrum of theoretical frameworks. The reader is asked to widen the lens through which art therapy is defined by considering its influence on society, the mind, health, and behavior.…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Definitions, Mental Health, Counseling Techniques
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Kline, Tori – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
I describe an approach to art therapy treatment for survivors of traumatic brain injury developed at a rehabilitation facility for adults that serves inpatient, outpatient, and long-term residential clients. This approach is based on a review of the literature on traumatic brain injury, comprehensive neurorehabilitation, brain plasticity, and art…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Head Injuries, Neurological Impairments, Rehabilitation
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Garlock, Lisa Raye – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
In this article I weave together the relevance of narrative textile work in therapeutic and human rights contexts; showcase Common Threads, an international nonprofit that uses story cloths with survivors of gender-based violence; outline a master's level art therapy course in story cloths; and relate how textiles helped build a sibling…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Textiles Instruction, Art, Civil Rights
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Kaimal, Girija; Ray, Kendra; Muniz, Juan – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
This quasi-experimental study investigated the impact of visual art making on the cortisol levels of 39 healthy adults. Participants provided saliva samples to assess cortisol levels before and after 45 minutes of art making. Participants also provided written responses about the experience at the end of the session. Results indicate that art…
Descriptors: Pretests Posttests, Quasiexperimental Design, Experiential Learning, Prior Learning
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Abrams, Rachel; Nolan, Emily – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
Art therapy master's programs are required to include research coursework in their curriculum; however, they differ in content and types of required projects. Students encouraged to conduct studies that increase the evidence base of art therapy may struggle to do so. This article describes a research collaboration that allowed a master's level…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Counselor Training, Masters Programs, Student Research
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Raffaelli, Teresa; Hartzell, Elizabeth – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
The goal of this systematic comparison of collage and drawing was to contribute to the sparse body of literature on the way individuals might respond to two materials commonly used in art therapy. Eight graduate and undergraduate university students who identified as non-artists completed two tasks, one using drawing materials and one using…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Therapy, Handicrafts, Freehand Drawing
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Kowitt, Sarah Dorothy; Emmerling, Dane; Gavarkavich, Diane; Mershon, Claire-Helene; Linton, Kristin; Rubesin, Hillary; Agnew-Brune, Christine; Eng, Eugenia – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
Art therapy is a promising form of therapy to address mental health concerns for refugee youth. This article describes the development and implementation of a pilot evaluation of an art therapy program for refugee adolescents from Burma currently living in the United States. Evaluation activities were based on the Centers for Disease Control and…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Refugees, Program Evaluation, Foreign Countries
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Glinzak, Leara – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
This study identified decreased distress after art therapy in a proxy pretest study with a convenience sample of 73 patients being treated for cancer. Art therapy outcomes from 4 settings (oncology unit, infusion clinic, individual sessions, and open studio) were measured via the self-report Distress Thermometer, which was collected as part of an…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Emotional Disturbances, Cancer, Stress Variables
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Tucknott-Cohen, Tisah; Ehresman, Crystal – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
This article describes the healing benefits of art therapy for an individual with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. In this clinical case description, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease received individual art therapy for 17 weeks. The treatment concerns that arose, altered view of reality, agitation, and retrogenesis provide insight on…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Dementia, Alzheimers Disease, Quality of Life
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Ando, Michiyo; Kira, Haruko; Hayashida, Shigeru; Ito, Sayoko – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of the Mindfulness Art Therapy Short Version for Japanese patients with advanced cancer. Patients learned mindfulness practices and then made art to express their feelings in the first session. After receiving instruction on practicing mindfulness 2 weeks later, they participated in a second…
Descriptors: Cancer, Patients, Metacognition, Foreign Countries
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DeLucia, Jennifer Marie – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
Beyond having knowledge of the treatment of combat-related trauma, art therapists need to understand veterans' experiences of transition from military to civilian life in order to offer effective interventions. This article reviews the literature on veteran transition and the challenges common to transition difficulty and describes two major…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Veterans, Transitional Programs, War
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Potash, Jordan; Burnie, Michele; Pearson, Rosemary; Ramirez, Wayne – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
The Wisconsin Art Therapy Association (WATA), formally established in 1969, was the first incorporated organization of art therapists in the United States. Under the leadership of Wayne Ramirez, WATA lobbied the national association for an inclusive definition of art therapy that aimed to foster respect for psychiatric, educational, and community…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Professional Associations, Definitions, Inclusion
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Hill, Kaylin E.; Lineweaver, Tara T. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
We evaluated changes in positive and negative affect of grieving children in response to art making compared to another noncreative, non-expressive, but engaging visuospatial task and assessed whether art making was equally or differentially effective in individual versus collaborative settings. We randomly assigned grieving children to one of…
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Children, Grief, Intervention
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Hass-Cohen, Noah; Chandler-Ziegler, Karina; Veeman, Thomas; Funk, Sterling – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2016
The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of the diversity of characteristics in the drawings of children in Mexico City. The authors conducted a thematic analysis of 174 drawings from children ages 6 to 11 that revealed two main discrete themes: nature and stress. A personalized, supportive relationship with nature emerged as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Children, Freehand Drawing
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