Join the Conversation!
Call for Papers
Deadline: 30 August 2019
We encourage contributors to emphasize the client voice in their submissions through direct quotations, art, or co-authorship.
Submissions should align with Art Therapy’s Aim and Scope. Submissions must include a title page that indicates “Special Issue: Providing Client Voice and Choice Through Art Therapy” and marked “Special Issue” in the online submission process. You can submit your research through our online submission portal. We encourage everyone to review our Instructions for Authors for further guidelines.
Theresa Van Lith, PhD, ATR-BC
Associate Editor, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
Assistant Professor, Florida State University
Providing Client Voice and Choice Through Art Therapy
As art therapists, we work as allies and advocates to help clients reclaim their voices. We create opportunities for empowerment at individual, social and community levels to enable clients to have choices that improve their circumstances and take back control over their lives.
Consequently, art therapists are change agents that socially and politically traverse barriers to establish new frontiers in human rights endeavors.
This special issue is aimed at addressing how art therapists encourage client participation and collaboration in art therapy to enable their voices and choices to be expressed. We seek interesting and diverse research and practice perspectives on art therapy initiatives that address human rights and social movement issues such as: self-determination, autonomy, collaborative decision making, dignity, integrity, belonging, community awareness, and capacity building. Example questions might focus on, but are not limited to:
- What is the client perspective on receiving art therapy services?
- How did a particular art therapy initiative empower those involved?
- In what ways can art therapy elicit client narratives regarding how services improved their life circumstances?
- How did art therapy serve to generate consciousness raising of client narratives and experiences?
- How did art therapy cultivate consciousness raising through sharing experiences with others to create meaningful change?