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Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Creative Arts Therapies
A Case-Based Approach

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ISBN 9781032006710
December 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Creative Arts Therapies uses a case-based approach to provide practical guidance for practitioners on the skillful application of ethical decision-making in art therapy.

The book introduces the DO ART model, an ethical decision-making model specific to the practice of art therapy. Walking readers through common areas of ethical dilemmas, chapters detail how art making can be used to navigate the model, supporting the well-documented practice of art therapists engaging in art making processes themselves. Topics covered include boundaries and confidentiality, assessment, storage and exhibition, materials, multicultural issues, technology in art therapy, working with vulnerable populations, supervision and training, and ethical research

Art therapists at all levels will find this book to be a necessary resource for their practice.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


List of Abbreviations

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Introduction to Ethical Issues in Creative Art Therapies

Jessica M. Hauck & Thomson J. Ling

Chapter 2. Art Therapy Ethical Decision-Making Models

Jessica M. Hauck & Thomson J. Ling

Chapter 3. Artist, Therapist, Art Therapist or Something Else: Navigating Multiple Professional Identities

Laura Holland & Jenna Pattison

Chapter 4. The Ethics of Art Materials

Victoria Scarborough

Chapter 5. Navigating Boundaries and Issues of Confidentiality

Mary Ellen Ruff

Chapter 6. Art-Based Assessment

Michele Marotta & Monica Wright

Chapter 7. Art as a Record: Storage and Exhibition of Client Artwork

Amanda Bezold, Jongwon Melissa Choi, & Jenna Park

Chapter 8. Ethical Multicultural Practice: A Racist Comment in Group Art Therapy

Miki Goerdt

Chapter 9. Technology and Art Therapy: Navigating the Use of Digital Art and/or Telehealth in the Art Therapy Process

Faith Thayer

Chapter 10. Working with Vulnerable Populations

Melanie A. Peters & Jessica M. Hauck

Chapter 11. Supervision and Professional Training

Jill McNutt & Erin Hein

Chapter 12. Ethics in Research: A Case of Misunderstanding, Fabrication, & Plagiarism

Patricia A. St John Tager

Chapter 13. Ethical Decision-Making as a Valuable Clinical Tool

Jessica M. Hauck & Thomson J. Ling

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Thomson J. Ling, PhD, is a professor at Caldwell University where he has been teaching counseling and art therapy ethics for over a decade.

Jessica M. Hauck, MA, is an art therapist, mental health counselor, and adjunct professor, with expertise in ethical practice and numerous art therapy publications.


"Ling and Hauck provide practical examples of the DO ART method for using art to engage in deliberative ethical decision making. Mental health practitioners have many resources at their disposal to ensure ethical practice. This book provides detailed examples to support art therapists endeavoring to utilize a creative art making process to resolve contemporary, cultural and contextual ethical dilemmas." — Cheryl Doby-Copeland, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT, clinical program coordinator, Parent Infant Early Childhood Enhancement Program, honorary life member AATA

"DO ART: is both an effective acronym and a great call to action. Dilemma; Outcome; Assistance; Responsibility and Take Action, with artmaking at each step, provides a pathway to practical and nuanced ethical decision making for art therapists. This unique collaborative book, lucidly written and soundly researched, demonstrates the DO ART process with vividly illustrated examples." — Dan Anthon, ATR-BC, LCPC, AATA Ethics Committee

"The DO ART decision making tool, developed by the authors, is an innovative and thorough way to analyze ambiguous ethical dilemmas. This is particularly challenging in art therapy, where creative process, materials and visual symbolism add an integral layer to verbal treatment. A strength of this model is that art making plays a vital role in evaluating the ethical dilemmas and alternate outcomes. Case examples are thoroughly analyzed and range from cultural issues to doing artwork with sensitive populations. This text is especially relevant when it examines clinical situations unique to art therapy. Annotated bibliographies are featured at the end of each chapter, enabling readers to explore topics on a deeper level." —Laura V. Loumeau-May, MPS, ATR-BC, LPC

"This book is a valuable addition to the art therapy literature and a helpful resource for art therapy educators and practitioners. The DO ART Model offers a practical, step-by-step template for thinking through difficult situations in clinical work and underscores potential ethical challenges that are unique to the practice of art therapy." — Marie Wilson, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, professor emerita, Caldwell University