The Cultivation of an Art Therapy Community

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Powers, Courtney
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
The ethnographic research pilot study allowed the investigator to develop an understanding of the art therapy culture represented at a local, non-profit organization. Outcomes of the pilot study identified organizational elements that may be used for the development of future art therapy organizations or communities. The investigator utilized interviews, questionnaires and art making to observe and report on the culture of art therapists at the agency. The investigator determined that practicing art therapists could better identify and address professional challenges while working collaboratively rather than in isolation in the particular region where the pilot study took place. The research pilot study provided the nonprofit organization with insights that enhanced the working and operational model its art therapists had established and helped define the identity of the culture and clarify future directions of the non-profit organization.