Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Art Therapist's Experience of Making Art with Clients: A Generic Qualitative Study
by Scarce, Joseph, Ph.D., Capella University, 2019, 141; 22617025
Abstract (Summary)

Limited research exists on art therapists’ use of their own artwork in the profession of art therapy. This generic qualitative research study explored the experiences of eight art therapists making art while in session with clients. This study utilized purposeful sampling and the generic qualitative method with a thematic analysis of the data to develop seven themes. The themes included (a) the art experience opens communication, (b) participant’s creative influence on the client, (c) participant’s art-making generated positive feelings, (d) type of art made adapted to the client, (e) the ability to control flow of creativity, (f) providing guidance with art materials (g) responsive art-making. The data helped to support the belief that art therapists gather a sense of balance utilizing professional skills developed in the field to monitor their own creative flow to accommodate the joint art-making experience with clients. Further research is warranted to expand on art therapy benefits and continue to review the connection between flow monitoring and professional skills through the art therapist’s art-making experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doogan, Mike
Commitee: Kavar, Louis, Benjamin, Elliot
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Therapy, Art education, Alternative Medicine
Keywords: Arts & healthcare, Arts & medicine, Art therapy, Creative arts, Creative flow, Creativity
Publication Number: 22617025
ISBN: 9781088397169
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