Foundations of Art Therapy

Foundations of Art Therapy

Theory and Applications

1st Edition - June 7, 2022

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  • Editors: Meera Rastogi, Rachel Feldwisch, Michelle Pate, Joseph Scarce
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128243084

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Foundations of Art Therapy: Theory and Applications is an essential and comprehensive introduction to the field of art therapy that blends relevant psychological and neuroscience research, theories, and concepts and infuses cultural diversity throughout each chapter. The text includes full color photos, informative charts, and case examples and is divided into four parts beginning with the basics of art therapy knowledge and concluding with professional practices in art therapy.  The fundamentals of art therapy section includes coverage of art therapy founders, art materials, multicultural perspectives, intersections with neuroscience, and research methods. An overview and in-depth explorations of different theoretical approaches to the practice of art therapy are covered in the second part of the book. A bio-psycho-social approach integrates current research on art therapy with specific populations (children, mental health, older adults, and trauma). The book concludes with art therapy professional practices in group concepts, community-based art therapy, and developing a career in the field. Each chapter contains chapter objectives, practical applications, ethical considerations, reflection questions, experiential exercises, and a list of terms. The unique, practical, and interdisciplinary approach of this text provides a solid base for understanding the field of art therapy and is well suited for use in undergraduate art therapy courses. This book will appeal to those who want an introduction to the field’s theories, research, and practice and those seeking a comprehensive understanding on the foundations of art therapy.

Key Features

      • Full color photos, informative charts, and case examples
      • Definitions, key details, and clear explanations of major concepts
      • Evidence-based research and attention to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in each chapter
      • Reader experiential activities and reflection questions to enhance deeper levels of processing 
      • Instructor resources that include: chapter outlines, experiential classroom activities and lecture enhancements, multiple choice and short answer questions for each chapter.


Students, Psychologists and Clinicians interested in art therapy

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Fundamentals of Art Therapy: Prepping the Canvas

    1. History, Profession, and Ethics of Art Therapy

    2. Understanding Media: Laying the Groundwork for Art Making

    3. Multicultural and Diversity Perspectives in Art Therapy: Transforming Image into Substance

    4. Intersections of Neuroscience and Art Therapy

    5. Approaches to Research in Art Therapy

    Part II: Theoretical Orientations: Gathering the Tools

    6. Overview of Theoretical Orientations

    7. Pychoanalytic and Jungian Approaches to Art Therapy

    8. Humanistic Approaches to Art Therapy: Existentialism, Person-Centered, and Gestalt

    9. Using Art to Think and Rethink: Cognitive-behavior Therapy from Behaviorism Through the Third Wave

    Part III: Art Therapy with Specific Populations: Painting the Picture

    10. Child Development and Artistic Development in Art Therapy

    11. Art Therapy for Psychological Disorders and Mental Health

    12. Art Therapy and Older Adults

    13. Art Therapy with Trauma Recovery and Response

    Part IV: Profession of Art Therapy: Exhibiting the Work

    14. Beginning Concepts of Group Work

    15. Community-based Art Therapy and Community Arts

    16. Pathways to Developing a Career in Art Therapy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 604
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 7, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128243084

About the Editors

Meera Rastogi

Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT, ATR-BC, CGP, is a licensed psychologist, board certified art therapist, certified group psychotherapist, and professor at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont College. She teaches in the psychology program and directs the University’s Pre-Art Therapy Certificate Program. Dr. Rastogi offers weekly art therapy groups for people with chronic illness and people focused on mental health recovery. Her research interests include the intersections between psychology, neuroscience, and art therapy, art therapy and mental health conditions, and higher education.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio, USA

Rachel Feldwisch

Rachel P. Feldwisch, PhD, MAAT, LMHC, ATR-BC, is a board certified art therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed School Counselor. She worked as an art therapist and counselor for about a decade before returning to graduate school for a PhD in Counseling Psychology. She is currently the Director of Counseling Programs at the University of Indianapolis where she oversees the graduate and undergraduate art therapy programs, provides art therapy training, and conducts research in art therapy, counseling, and trauma-informed practice.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Michelle Pate

Michelle Pate, DAT, LCMHC, ATR-BC, holds a Doctorate in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, is a board certified art therapist and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She teaches undergraduate art therapy at Lesley University and currently chairs the AATA Education Committee and co-chairs the AATA Undergraduate Education sub-committee. Her current research focus is on the inclusion of diversity in the undergraduate education curriculum.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Joseph Scarce

Joseph Scarce, PhD, ATR-BC, provides art therapy to medical hospitals, substance abuse facilities, and edited the first book on art therapy in disaster response, Art Therapy in Response to Natural Disasters Mass Violence and Crisis. He is an assistant professor at The University of Tampa and coordinates the BA in Art Therapy program. He partners with the Tampa Museum of Art working with The University of Tampa undergraduate students to provide art therapy to underserved populations through the Art Space Program.

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA

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