Talk:Art therapy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Psychology (Rated Start-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Psychology, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Psychology on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
WikiProject Medicine (Rated B-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Medicine, which recommends that medicine-related articles follow the Manual of Style for medicine-related articles and that biomedical information in any article use high-quality medical sources. Please visit the project page for details or ask questions at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine.
B-Class article B  This article has been rated as B-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.


This should be an important article. I'm concerned about a number of points. I'm surprised to see reference to 'Malchiodi' appearing so often when there are many important articles and texts that could have been included in addition. The history of the development of Art Therapy is lacking. I was surprised to see hardly any mention of Adrian Hill. The article is American-centric. Other parts of the world also have state (country) registration of Art Therapists. I do not practise Art Therapy but my interest is as a psychologist who edits books on therapeutic approaches and therefore I think entries to Wikipedia need to take a worldview. This article needs to take a broader look at Art Therapy. Stephenpalmer (talk) 10:19, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

Agree with this comment. This whole page seems to be controlled by the American Art Therapy Association. However, Malchiodi's work is seminal in the field, so do not throw the baby out with the bath water. The material that has been cited is correctly related to her texts which are the most popular in the field of art therapy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 02:05, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Why is the introduction all quotes from AATA or ATCB? Paraphrasing and other references should be included. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ASanders2011 (talkcontribs) 16:37, 15 November 2011 (UTC)


International Expressive Arts Therapy Association belongs under Wiki page, Expressive Therapy. It is not an art therapy organization. Whoever is now controlling the editing is controlling this page to the point that it is incorrect and no longer valuable in its representation of the international field of art therapy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmalch (talkcontribs) 23:08, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

It is important that all international organizations for art therapy be represented in the reference area. Somehow the American Art Therapy Association believes itself to be the only organization. Wikipedia is a global platform and many more organizations should be listed, not just one. The article is taking on an centric view by Americans, too, when art therapy is a global idea and practice is different throughout the world. The Diagnostic Drawing Series is a device has no peer reviewed text on the subject; mostly there have been good speeches, workshops, and self-published materials, no protocol has been published by a psychological testing company. Nor the Mandala drawing test which has a few journal articles published in a couple of specialized journals.

There perhaps should be a separate page for art-based assessments, separate from Art Therapy. Then the DDS, Mandala, etc would be the key features in a page on assessment [art therapy is not assessment; this constantly gets confused by authors].

The Road Drawing is not a standard task in the field of art therapy. That is odd that it keeps reappearing. It has been published in a specialty journal, but not by any major peer reviewed publisher. The only book is essentially vanity press.

Someone has removed a reference to a direct quote of two paragraphs, too-- copyright violation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmalch (talkcontribs) 11:46, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

A concern I have about the references being used in some parts of the article is that they appear to originate mostly in the Herald news, Patriot News, and not coming from actual Journals. Better to reference what an art therapist has to write about art therapy than what a journalist has to write about art therapy, if possible. You know by referencing the newspaper piece it's obviously second-hand reporting to begin with, and not a first hand account from the literature in the field. If the only way you know about art therapy is from a human interest story in your local newspaper, please don't edit the article or try to write about art therapy. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by J M B (talkcontribs) 20:32, 15 April 2007 (UTC).

Agree that items such as Road Drawing are really not appropriate to this page. The whole section on assessment is not art therapy; it is assessment. The Road Drawing is a vanity press publication and not based on reliable and valid research. As an art therapist and psychologist, I am embarrassed by this page and its contents. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 02:08, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Why does someone keep deleting organizations that might compete with the American Art Therapy Organization? Isn't this supposed to be a worldview and not only a US-centric page? Please check on the staff person Michele Basham at American Art Therapy Association. She seems to be the likely party doing the editing out of other credible organizations. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 22:15, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

moved this table from main article[edit]

To be added
art therapy schools
art therapy issues
art therapy books and journals
art therapy & therapeutic arts conferences

-- Mattbrundage 19:33, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

'Assessment' vs. 'diagnosis'[edit]

This section was moved here from /Comments subpage by EnviroboyTalkCs 23:37, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

I am new to this, and finding my way, so sorry if I get things wrong. I am a British Art Therapist(and a Council Member, British Association of Art Therapists). The art therapy article as it stands is very US based, and there are significant differences. I propose to start contributing to the page with this in mind. My first proposed addition is this, in the section on assessment tools:

'It is important to note however that attitudes to assessment differ internationally. 'Assessment' is easily confused with 'diagnosis'. Because diagnosis is a medical function rather than a therapeutic one, British art therapists tend to resist the implied medicalisation of what is essentially a non medical approach, which concentrates on 'seeing the person, not the label'. The British Association of Art Therapists statement on diagnosis simply states that ‘Art Therapists do not diagnose…' ('

Any thoughts on this before I go ahead?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Malcolmmax (talkcontribs)

Hi, not addressing your note directly, but think it is indeed a prevalent point of view in Britain and therefore should be represented. Perhaps there should be a subsection for American art therapy and British art therapy. I edited the Diagnostic Drawing Series section to make it more accurate and to improve the references so that they were primary references to the DDS and from diverse sources. Ran into technical difficulties but did my best with goodwill.


The Diagnostic Drawing Series has been around for a long time, yet it has not undergone extensive peer review. No text exists on this subject, and it continues to be largely unpublished except for a few journal articles. Mandala test suffers from the same. It is difficult to say right now if these two tests are actually in widespread use in contrast to others such as the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale, Silver Drawing Test, or others. Right now, the Wikipedia page makes it look like these are the major or only tests used.

Art based assessment is not really art therapy per se. Perhaps a separate entry on art-based assessments is in order, that would be helpful here. Credentialing should also be a separate page, since what is represented is mainly US. British actually have a much better system and art therapy is included in health care in UK by named title. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmalch (talkcontribs) 11:49, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

This section makes me laugh out loud. The Road Drawing is drawing game and nothing more. No wonder the field of art therapy is seen as a wacky field. Wikipedia information is helping it achieve wacky status by pseudo-science information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 11:52, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

needs world view warning at top[edit]

i don't know how to use the wikipedia tag, but i've seen it before. the intro talks as if california and the united states are the biased center of the planet. i see b-class on this page. perhaps it's the same cause and solution. Nastajus (talk) 16:30, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Agree with this observation totally. Wikipedia entries on professions should be global if the profession is global [art therapy is global]. In fact, someone keeps removing the International art therapy organization links-- my guess would be that is a US art therapist. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:24, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

I have added this banner to the article. I hope I did it properly. The Intro does seem to be focused on the US almost entirely. These references should be cleaned up. I can help clean it up if that is okay. If I was too hasty placing this template just let me know.Riwo (talk) 02:42, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

I think the banner should be removed now; the introduction includes a balanced view of from British and American associations. It is still a little long but that's a separate problem. (talk) 08:55, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

I am impressed that you think this is a balanced view of art therapy. It is an advertisement for Lesley University and a very minor college, Mount Mary. You have now entirely missed the major authors of the field of art therapy and whoever wrote this description did so by design and purpose. When this type of thing happens, we who know the field know that politics are at play and personal agenda at the core. Wikipedia, when are you planning to really get serious about providing credible information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 11:49, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

After expressing concern on Talk, I removed material in Assessments to protect the integrity of the assessments (test security). The International Guidelines for Test Use supports restrictions from publishers of assessments and licensing boards to prevent the disclosure of tests and information about the interpretation of the results. Assessments are available only to people who have proved their educational and professional qualifications to the test maker's satisfaction. Those who have been trained in testing are ethically and often legally bound from giving too much information about tests to the public. This is because advance information might influence a subject’s performance on a test, which does not serve the subject well and weakens the validity of the test. Anne9853 (talk) 12:43, 7 October 2013 (UTC)


Is it possible to ID the most active users on this page and ping their talks for references? SGGH ping! 12:48, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

I just want to add that this entire description of art therapy is about the worst and most inaccurate I have ever read. Okay and you cannot even spell Malchiodi (2006) correctly in the body of the description? It's not Marachi, you twits. I no longer send anyone to this description and it's links except for a good laugh! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmalch (talkcontribs) 22:10, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

Agree with this comment. I have now forbidden my graduate students to read this page as it so filled with erroneous and US-AATA-centri information. Wikipedia, you are an international encyclopedia; start to live up to your mission. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 02:10, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Just adding this: There are no references to evidence-based research because there are less than 5 studies that would qualify. Whoever wrote that art therapy has numerous credible research studies is incorrect.comment added by Arttherapyscholar —Preceding undated comment added 11:30, 4 June 2010 (UTC).

Be bold, folks: "If you see something that can be improved, improve it!" (I for one lack the knowledge and interest.) (talk) 19:33, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

In response to the previous comment: I have given up on trying to improve this page. One puts in credible references to art therapy scholars who have written seminal texts and someone deletes them. This obviously just a battleground to control for a couple of art therapy graduate programs desperate for students. A Google search on art therapy would show you more truth than what is here and cannot be tampered with by those who keep skewing this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arttherapyscholar (talkcontribs) 11:55, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

This article was edited as part of an edit-a-thon[edit]

We Can Do It!.jpg
This article was edited as part of the San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon. The editor who attended the event may be a new editor. In an effort to support new editor's & a healthy environment, please assume good faith to their contributions before making changes. Thank you! Sarah (talk) 20:23, 18 June 2012 (UTC)


In the fifth paragraph in this section (not counting the block quote), the last sentence of the paragraph suggests a contrast between the type of art therapy that Dr. Naumburg developed and the type that Dr. Kramer developed, separated by "while". However, the comparison is incomplete. The sentence specifies (at the end) out of what Dr. Kramer developed her art therapy but, other than naming it, does not give anything to indicate how Dr. Naumburg's art therapy was different from Dr. Kramer's. It needs a phrase -- a few words -- to indicate this, for example, from what it developed, on what it was based, or on what it focused. It would be nice if someone who knows about Dr. Naumburg's art therapy could add a few words after the name of her therapy.CorinneSD (talk) 23:36, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

Art therapy and outsider art[edit]

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth sentences of the second paragraph in this section do not make much sense. I don't even know where to begin. Someone who knows about art therapy, or just art, and can write, needs to read these sentences and improve them so that a non-expert can make sense of them.CorinneSD (talk) 23:52, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

External links[edit]

I suggest the Outsider Art wikipedia article be added to the Art Therapy page on Open Directory, preparatory to the necessary editing of the Outsider Art section of the Wikipedia article Art Therapy. Thank you to whomsoever handles this. Anne9853 (talk) 18:11, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Defining the Mediums of Art used in Art Therapy[edit]

I suggest that digital art should be listed as an art medium used in art therapy within the purpose of the article. With the increased use of technology within art therapy this medium should be addressed. This is a minor edit that opens a whole new chapter into the world of art therapy. Within the Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is some great information on this topic. Sairalyn Ansano Thong has an article call, "Redefining the Tools of Art Therapy." You can view the article here: Adreenah (talk) 20:41, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Independent Practitioning[edit]

I removed this since it was presented as if it were a section of the ATCB Code of Professional Practice, and it no longer is. It is also unnecessarily detailed for an overview article, and is not as global in outlook as the article should be. It is here in its entirety if others would care to revert it in all or part. Anne9853 (talk) 05:35, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

Independent practitioners are art therapists who are practicing independently or responsible for the service they are providing to paying clients. This section covers the credentials for independent practitioners.

Independent practitioners must provide a safe and functional environment to conduct art therapy sessions (ATCB 2005). According to ATCB, "this includes but is not limited to: proper ventilation, adequate lighting, access to water supply, knowledge of hazards or toxicity of art materials and the effort need to safeguard the health of clients, storage space for art projects and secured areas for any hazardous materials, monitored use of sharp objects, allowance for privacy and confidentiality, and compliance with any other health and safety requirements according to state and federal agencies which regulate comparable businesses" (2005).

This section also establishes the standards for independent practitioners to follow when dealing with financial arrangements. In summation, it states that the art therapist must provide a straightforward contract to the payer of the therapy sessions.[1] It also states that the art therapist must not deceive the payers or exploit clients financially.[1]

The last topics in this section is the setting of standards for address treatment planning and documentation (ATCB 2005). Art therapists must provide a treatment plan that assists the patients to reach or maintain the highest level of quality of life and functioning.[1] This involves using the clients’ strengths to help them reach their goals and address their needs. Art therapists are also required to record and take notes that reflect the proceedings of the events of therapy sessions.[1] According to ATCB, the following is the minimum of which must be documented: “the current goals of any treatment plan, verbal content of art therapy sessions relevant to client behavior and goals, artistic expression relevant to client behavior and goals, changes (or lack of change) in affect, thought process, and behavior, suicidal or homicidal intent or ideation” (2005) and a summary of the "clients response to treatment and future treatment recommendations" (2005).

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference atcb was invoked but never defined (see the help page).