Art Psychotherapy for adults who have experienced complex trauma: An international survey

Kelly Jayne*, Simon Hackett, Michael Hill

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Adults who have complex trauma can experience mental ill health that invariably results in significant restrictive impacts upon their lives. The purpose of this international survey was to identify what Art Psychotherapy practitioners consider to be the important aspects of treatment supporting recovery and healing for this client group. International Art Psychotherapists treating
adults with complex trauma were invited to answer four categories of questions: participant information, environment, practical/clinical components, and additional information. Whilst there is a good evidence base for the uses and effectiveness of Art Psychotherapy in general, there has been little causal analysis of which mechanisms and contexts of Art Psychotherapy
can prove effective. The survey data identified that expert practitioners consider positive therapeutic impact to be associated with specific art medium, the therapeutic environment, and clinically informed approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalPerspectives on Trauma
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

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