Assessments, Art Therapy, and Forensics
This introductory chapter begins with an examination of art therapy, a summation of art-based assessments, and an overview of forensic art therapy. The American Art Therapy Association's Web site defines art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.” In many cases, the art-making process can be a catalyst for the artist to uncover subconscious or unconscious thoughts and beliefs, creating a finished product which can be used for assessable data. Some examples of art therapy assessments include the Kramer Art Assessment, Levick Cognitive and Emotional Art Therapy Assessment, Face Stimulus Assessment, and Ulman Personality Assessment Procedure. Forensic art therapy then applies art therapy assessments, principles, and practices to assist in the resolution of legal matters.
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