Spreading Art Therapy

Sticking to my beat, I will be examining art and therapy a bit further for my final project by asking the question how are people spreading the word of art therapy? As I’ve mentioned in other posts, although gradually gaining attention, Art Therapy isn’t that well known as a field or practice. I would like to contact organizations and associations such as: American Art Therapy Association (contacts), MGH Art Therapy program’s certified art therapists, and admissions at Lesley University for their MA in Expressive Therapy program. These would be my core expert interviews, along with interviews from, perhaps, someone in private practice, a Boston public arts community center, a popular blogger, a student who is very involved in art.

My video will focus on people who art practicing this sort of art, or just art in general for themselves . This will probably have to be a student or someone in a public center to be allowed to record in the space. I will ask them what art is to them, if they know about art therapy and how did they get involved in it if so.

The photo story will include the actual places where people can practice art therapy to show what these locations look like and how they operate. These probably won’t be able to include people in practice in places like hospitals or private practice, so they will be focused on the projects that have been done, what the space looks like, etc.





Twitter as a Handy Resource

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Twitter has never been something that I’ve checked on or tuned in to frequently, however it can be a great source to get a few quick facts about something specific. Most of the accounts that I follow are linked to my favorite news sites, organizations and blogs on expressive therapy.

Starting with the American Art Therapy Association who I would recommend to anyone interested in keeping up with the latest in art therapy in the United States. They post relevant news in the field and link to articles from their own publication Art Therapy Today, as well as popular resources. Similarly, there is the Art Therapy Alliance, which focuses on these topics of discussion as well.

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD is a well known author in this field and is very active in posting updates to Twitter about the latest art therapy news and fun tweets such as creativity posts. This brings me to my next source which is all about creative ways to get started with art and therapy: Art Therapy Hub. This account “provides local and international art therapy projects for diverse populations using the creative process,” and are especially interesting if you’re looking to get involved in the community!

Also involving the community, Journal of Art for Life focuses on issues that can be resolved using art to create social change. This is a great site to find out how communities are implementing art into unexpected programs.

There are a few great accounts from universities around the world that have programs in art therapy, one being Goldsmiths University of London’s account Art Psychotherapy. They don’t post information advertising their college directly; most of the tweets are either student work, community projects, or relevant lectures.

Finally, the following accounts are those which I follow their sites, so their twitter accounts are great supplements to the information they already provide:

Good Therapy is nice as a platform directory for finding therapists online and gathering information about general mental health.  They also have a lot of photos posted with uplifting quotes if you like to read those!

The British Association of Art Therapists is great as it is a group of professionals posting and organizing about community events, articles, projects and helps me stay up to date on what well-known therapists are doing.

New York Times: Well guided by Tara Parker Pope for updates and tidbits of medical research to help readers engage in healthy lives. Within “Well” there is a great section on mind that links to interesting studies in psychology and the arts. Psychology Today is another great account (and I actually prefer their Twitter to their site.) They have stories featured that are of course about psychology, but like “Well” they include art in some.

These Twitter accounts can be useful in finding projects to get involved in or try out at home, where to find therapists and especially keeping up on the latest art therapy news. My favorite way to use them is to find therapists and connect to their sites to learn more about their perspectives.