1st Edition

Art Therapy Observation and Assessment in Clinical Practice The ArTA Method

By Ingrid Pénzes Copyright 2024
    160 Pages 7 Color & 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    160 Pages 7 Color & 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book describes  ArTA, an evidence-based method for art therapy observation and assessment. This novel method argues the art making process and art product are related to aspects of mental health. The results of the author’s own research show that observed patterns in material interaction, material experience, and the specific combinations of formal elements of the art product reveal the client’s balance between thinking, feeling, and adaptability. Divided into four sections, the book illustrates this research, theory, and application of the ArTA method using examples and case histories with clear frameworks that give guidance in art therapy observation and assessment. It provides direction for formulating treatment goals and drawing up appropriate treatment interventions. Intended for art therapy students and practicing art therapists, this methodology will challenge readers to rethink the relationship between a client’s interaction with art materials and their mental health.

    Preface  1. ArTA: The Basics  2. ArTA: The Theory  3. ArTA: The methodical application  4. ArTA: A case description  Epilogue


    Ingrid Pénzes is an art therapist, mental health scientist and Doctor of Social Sciences. She holds a doctorate in the relationship between the art form and mental health. She has worked at the intersection of art therapy education, practice and science for many years. To translate scientific knowledge into education and practice, she offers training, research and assessment for institutions, companies and professionals.


    “Ingrid Pénzes is an experienced art therapist who completed her doctoral research on the role of art materials in art therapy assessment in the Netherlands. This book is a clear and succinct summary of how her way of assessing has been influenced by this research and provides a rich resource for fellow art therapy practitioners and trainees to use in their practice. For once, dissemination of research findings has been clearly adapted and presented for practice.”

    Ditty Dokter, PhD. Codarts Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge UK.


    “This is what art therapy needs. The art form as the foundation of our profession, scientifically proven and cast in a clear assessment tool. ArTA is without a doubt a new standard for practice and education.”

    Sanne Van Gelder, MA, Art Therapist and Training Coordinator BaNaBa Creative Therapy  PXL University of Applied Sciences Hasselt, Belgium


    “An exciting book in many ways. Once we thought we could understand people by having them look at drawings, then came the time when we looked at their drawings, and now Ingrid Pénzes prepares us for the next step: it’s not about what someone draws, but how someone draws. The ArTA method systematically searches for the signs of health: “What do you need to come into your power?"

    Giel Hutschemaekers, Professor of Mental Health Care, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands