Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Visual Art Principles and Evidence Base for Art Therapy

Visual Art: Principles and Evidence Base for Art Therapy
Claire EdwardsTom O’BrienRobert King


This systematic review examines the current state of art therapy outcomes research and evaluates the overall efficacy of art therapy. The review identified 29 published art therapy outcome studies that met specified inclusion criteria. The researchers calculated the effect sizes of the studies that were included. The review found an average effect size of 0.82, which suggests that art therapy is at least as effective as other forms of psychotherapy.


Art therapy is a psychotherapeutic modality, which utilizes the creative process to encourage healing and personal growth (Malchiodi, 2003). There is increasing pressure on health and allied professionals, including art therapists, to utilize evidence-based therapeutic ...

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