1st Edition

Foundations of Art Therapy Supervision Creating Common Ground for Supervisees and Supervisors

By Yasmine J. Awais, Daniel Blausey Copyright 2021
    284 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Foundations of Art Therapy Supervision serves as a reference guide for art therapists who have found themselves in supervisor roles without prior training and supervisees hoping to learn what to expect from the supervision relationship, and illustrates how to receive and provide clinical art therapy supervision.

    Written by two art therapists with over 35 years of collective supervision experience, this new resource includes a framework for providing effective supervision in the classroom and in the field, case studies and art-based supervisory exercises, and guidance for new professionals seeking certification or licensure. Chapters weave the authors’ supervision experience with a significant literature review, and feature explanations on how professional identities (art therapist, psychotherapist, counselor, supervisor, supervisee, administrator, educator, etc.) and personal identities (gender, race, sexuality, etc.) influence the supervisory and therapeutic relationships.

    This book will teach supervisees how to make the most of their experience while simultaneously providing a comprehensive reference for practicing supervisors.

    Preface; Introduction and Intent; Part 1: How to Get the Most Out of Supervision; Chapter 1: What Is Art Therapy Supervision? Reasons and Expectations; Chapter 2: What Supervisors Need to Know About Supervision; Chapter 3: What Supervisees Need to Know about Supervision; Part 2: The Business and Administrative Sides to Supervision; Chapter 4: Navigating Professional Identity: Credentials, Representation, and Relationships; Chapter 5: Confidentiality and Informed Consent (Karen Myers and Daniel Blausey); Part 3: Embracing and Working with Differences; Chapter 6: Racial, Ethnic, and Socio-cultural Differences across Supervisor, Supervisee, and Client; Chapter 7: Disciplinary Differences: When Your Supervisor is Not an Art Therapist (Stephanie Brooks and Yasmine Awais); Chapter 8: Disciplinary Differences: When Your Supervisee Is Not an Art Therapist; Part 4: Locations, Places, and Spaces: Supervision Formats; Chapter 9: Individual and Dyad Supervision; Chapter 10: Group Supervision; Chapter 11: Distance Supervision; Appendices; Glossary


    Yasmine J. Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC, is a doctoral candidate in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Awais has published and presented nationally and internationally on supervision, cultural humility, and competency. Her research interests center diversity in the creative arts therapies and in higher education.

    Daniel Blausey, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, is a New York City-based art therapist in private practice providing art therapy, psychotherapy, and supervision. He has presented nationally and internationally on supervision, adult survivors of sexual trauma, and sex-positive clinical practices.

    "Supervision is the cornerstone of clinical training. Yasmine J Awais and Daniel Blausey draw on their 20-year relationship that began as supervisor and supervisee to offer an extraordinary book that showcases the dynamic, complex, and contextual nature of art therapy supervision for both the supervisor and supervisee. Foundations of Art Therapy Supervision is a strong synthesis of theory, ethical, legal, and practice guidelines and clinical material for art therapy supervisors and supervisees. The heart of this volume, however, is the importance of mutual learning that is ongoing and requires cultural humility to explore how the supervisor and supervisee’s intersecting personal and professional identities are ever present in the supervision room, influencing dynamics related to power and privilege, topics that are discussable (or not), and ultimately the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client."

    Tamara R. Buckley, Associate Professor, Counselor Education, School of Education, Hunter College , City University of New York. Co-author, The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work

    "Yasmine J. Awais and Daniel Blausey have written an art therapy supervision text, much needed in art therapy. The book offers guidance to supervisees and supervisors to contextualize supervision as a conscious and thoughtful experience, one that is imbedded in a cultural context exploring theories of social and cultural differences. Focusing on mentorship, leadership, cultural humility and mutual learning, the book offers various anecdotal examples of how supervision is a complex process when issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and disability intersect. Of particular importance, they stress, is a critical understanding of ethical and legal responsibility of art therapists when involved in dual relationships, confidentially, and art work created in the art therapeutic context. Theirs is a timely book."

    Savneet Talwar, Professor, Masters of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Author, Art Therapy for Social Justice: Radical Intersections

    "Clearly built upon their 'mutually supportive supervisory alliance', Yasmine Awais and Daniel Blausey provide for us–through valuable historical and theoretical perspectives, and thought-provoking personal reflections and narratives–insights into the identity-enhancing, complex interrelationship between the supervisor and supervisee; and they do so with deftness and respect. Thank you to the authors for this unique and enriching collaborative venture that belongs in every professional’s library."

    Dave Gussak, Professor and Graduate Art Therapy Program, Florida State University, and Project Coordinator, Florida State University/Florida Department of Corrections, Art Therapy in Prisons Program. Co-Editor, The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy

    "With the partnership of these authors, their shared vision of supervision as a collaborative professional growth relationship, and its organization of chapters highlighting supervisor and supervisee perspectives, this text is gift to the profession of art therapy. The most important contributions are the chapters devoted to theoretical constructs which refuse to let cultural identity and lived experiences remain unacknowledged in the development of art therapists and art therapists-in-training. Indeed, addressing the difficult work and meaningful opportunities inherent in working with difference is the cornerstone of the book, and is no less than imperative within the context of contemporary mental health services and the building of therapeutic relationships."

    Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, Director of the Emporia State University Art Therapy Program and Professor in the Department of Counselor Education