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Special Issue Call for Papers

Art Therapy: Weaving Community Through Creative Expression

Submission deadline
10 January 2020

In 2016, Bucchiarelli proposed a transdisciplinary model to art therapy that holistically integrates a unified, flexible, and collaborative identity unique to the profession. This transcends binary perspectives of art therapy, because transdisciplinary (signifying above and beyond), as opposed to interdisciplinary (signifying between and within) can embrace “unity within diversity, collaboration within autonomy, and innovation that still honors art therapy’s historical roots” (Bucchiarelli, 2016, p. 15). Our identity as a profession may involve fluid, inclusive, client-centered, and collaborative practices to provide support and healing for people with diverse lived experiences. This is particularly the case in a globalized environment and within multicultural communities, where difference and uniqueness must be embraced with compassion and support. This current issue seeks original research that weaves multiple threads of ideas, theories, cultural backgrounds, forms of knowledge, and collaborations between different professions to build resiliency, relationships, and a connected community.

This theme is inspired by CATA’s 40th annual Canadian Art Therapy Association conference theme: Weaving Community Through Creative Expression, which highlights how healing, empowerment, and creative transformations can occur when people with different forms of knowledge and life experiences work together.

In a social and politicized environment that often creates dichotomies and binaries through divisive rhetoric, we must, as creative healers, mindfully weave “our resources and knowledge together” for a more inclusive and healthier global social fabric.  

We invite authors to submit research articles on the following themes that interweave knowledge and experiences:

  • Collaborative practices between art therapists, participants, and other professions
  • Trauma-informed practices and art therapy building sanctuary
  • Art therapy and resilience, relationship, and community
  • Transformational art therapy research
  • Art therapy addressing social action and community-building
  • Art therapy practices and outreach models for rural or isolated environments
  • Creative arts therapies and expressive arts therapies collaborations
  • Art therapy in participatory community research
  • The intersections of art therapy and arts-based research
  • International, transcultural art therapy, and ethnorelativism
  • Art therapy within globalized and neo-liberalist environments
  • Aesthetic and relational art therapy practices
  • Eco-art therapy and environmental art therapy practices
  • Art therapy collaborations with Arts in Medicine, Health, and Wellbeing
  • Art therapy and Indigenous research and practices
  • Art therapy addressing decolonization
  • Bilingualism and diverse languages in art therapy
  • Interdisciplinary art therapy supervision, teaching methods or research
  • Art therapy informing public policy and community development
  • Collaborative art therapy building inclusive environments and belongingness

How to Submit your Manuscript

Submission Instructions:

Please submit your manuscript to the journal’s editorial manager system: https://www.editorialmanager.com/ucat/default.aspx

Submissions should be sent in MS Word format and be blinded for peer review. Submissions should not include headers or footers or any other types of special formatting. All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Each article should be summarized in an abstract between 100 and 250 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (APA Format).

For more information on submission guidelines, see: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ucat20&page=instructions

Note that the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal also accepts submissions on an ongoing basis for upcoming publications.


Bucciarelli, A. (2016) Art Therapy: A Transdisciplinary Approach. Art Therapy, 33(3), 151-155. doi: 10.1080/07421656.2016.1199246

Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference Committee (2019). Weaving community through creative expression: 40th annual Canadian Art Therapy Association conference. Retrieved August 23, 2019 from https://www.canadianarttherapy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CATA-conference-2019-program_web_v7.pdf


Types of articles

Our journal accepts diverse forms of original empirical research from our authors that are guided by our Ethical Standards of Practice, including:

  • Art Therapy Research Articles: Articles that have a clear research methodological base and theoretical orientation. Length: 2000-4000 words, including photographs.
  • Art Therapy in Practice: Practical applications and tools of art therapy practice, based in contemporary literature and a theoretical orientation. Length: 2000-3000 words, including photographs.
  • Art Therapy Approaches: Theoretical contemplations and inquiries based on historical and contemporary research Length: 2000-3000 words, including photographs.
  • Soundings: Perspectives, opinions, proposals, and artistic responses. This research must also include theoretical orientation and relevant literature. Length: 2000 words including photographs.

For more information, please see: https://www.canadianarttherapy.org/submissions/