Response art in art therapy and research with a focus on reflect piece imagery

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This ‘practice innovation’ paper provides an overview of the development of ‘response art’ which is growing as an integral part of routine clinical practice in art therapy. I provide a literature review of the use of art therapist generated images made before, during and following clinical work. There is a particular focus on post-therapy ‘reflect piece’ imagery which is the subject of the research described in this paper.
The purpose of the research is to examine practitioners experience when using art immediately following a session, and how making art in this context, may facilitate the discharge and release of powerful or complex affects and part-processed feelings aroused during their clinical work.
Secondly, how developing the themes, gestures and visual motifs systematically between sessions may deepen empathy and attunement, and thirdly, how both forms of visual expression may contribute to the supervisory process.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Art Therapy
Issue number1
Early online date6 Dec 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Dec 2019


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