Art Therapy Research is a clear and intuitive guide for educators, students, and practitioners on the procedures for conducting art therapy research. Presented using a balanced view of paradigms that reflect the pluralism of art therapy research, this exciting new resource offers clarity while maintaining the complexity of research approaches and considering the various epistemologies and their associated methods. This text brings research to life through the inclusion of sample experientials in every chapter and student worksheets, as well as a full chapter on report writing that includes a completed sample report. This comprehensive guide is essential reading for educators looking to further the application of learning outcomes such as teamwork, communication, and critical thinking in their practice.
"Philosophical, theoretical, and practical, this book is a complete guide to art therapy research. Beautifully written, and thoughtfully conceived, the text is ultimately readable and uses art therapy studies to illuminate difficult concepts. It is complete with worksheets providing maps for developing and implementing studies. A must for art therapists wishing to understand research and for those desiring to embark on a research journey."
Marcia L. Rosal, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, professor emerita, Florida State University
"Betts and Deaver have put together a thorough compendium that illuminates how practice informs research and education in an ongoing feedback loop of expansion that highlights a range of research applications most useful for art therapists. The authors of this text provide a methodologically sound vision for how to understand, conceptualize and apply research paradigms within a contemporary art therapy framework that is focused in scope yet covers the breadth of inquiry that the profession is capable of."
Juliet L. King ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, associate professor art therapy, The George Washington University; adjunct associate professor, Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
"This is a timely, pragmatic, and comprehensive textbook that presents a contemporary analysis of current trends and challenges and a how-to guide on conducting research in art therapy using a range of recognized research methodologies. The textbook aligns assessments, qualitative, quantitative, arts-based and mixed methods designs with a much-needed call for rigorous research in art therapy. The authors are experienced educators and researchers and this is evident in the data collection resources, up-to-date ethical guidelines, recommendations, and reflections on the current needs for methodologically sound research in the field. I highly recommend this text for art therapy clinicians and researchers at all levels of practice."
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC, assistant professor, PhD program in Creative Arts Therapies, Department of Creative Arts Therapies; chair, Research Committee, American Art Therapy Association
"This is a must-read book for art therapists considering undertaking research studies or teaching research to students. It is a succinct and comprehensive overview of the issues involved with examples from art therapy research and clarifies those crucial practical steps needed to succeed in research."
Neil Springham, head of arts therapies, lead for psychological therapies and patient experience lead, Bromley; ResearchNet coordinator
About the Authors Contributors Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction to Art Therapy Research Chapter 2: Ethics and Oversight in Art Therapy Research Chapter 3: Quantitative Research Methods in Art Therapy Chapter 4: Qualitative Research Methods in Art Therapy (Theresa Van Lith) Chapter 5: Arts-Based Research in Art Therapy (Jordan Potash) Chapter 6: Mixed Methods Research in Art Therapy Chapter 7: Assessment Research in Art Therapy Chapter 8: Designing and Executing an Art Therapy Research Study Appendices: Supplemental Materials Glossary