What is Art Therapy and how do we know it Works? An Australian Perspective on the need for more Research

By Jo Kelly.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Art Therapy’s research base is small because the Art Therapy community is small. How do we research Art Therapy in today’s evidence based environment, particularly within a medicalised environment? Do Art Therapists adopt a medicalised way of researching or try to develop an arts based methodology of conducting research that is congruent with the unique way they work? Currently many mental health states do not have art therapy as a treatment option as the evidence base does not justify this form of treatment.

Keywords: Art Therapy, Research, Evidence Based

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.255-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 579.471KB).

Dr Jo Kelly

Director, JK Psychotherapy & Training Services, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

I have lived and worked in India, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, America and currently live in Australia. I am a qualified teacher, trainer, counsellor and art therapist. I am interested in doing further research into Art Therapy in Australia, particularly linking with neuroscience. I have worked in teaching and training roles and not for profit organisations, particularly with disadvantaged populations including young parents 12-25 and youth with mental health issues. I currently train in epilepsy and mental health prevention for youth.


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