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Art on TrialArt Therapy in Capital Murder Cases$
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David Gussak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162517

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162517.001.0001

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Forensic Art Therapy Revisited

Forensic Art Therapy Revisited

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Art on Trial

David E. Gussak

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses forensic art therapy—a term coined by Marcia Sue Cohen-Liebman—which is the use of art to help resolve legal disputes. Cohen-Liebman offered three significant advantages for using drawings in a forensic context. Drawings are used in a supportive capacity in the investigation of legal matters, since it provides contextual information that can contribute to the determination of charges as well as the identification of additional arenas to investigate. It can also serve as an evidentiary material that is admissible in judicial proceedings. Clients of forensic art therapists may be children, adolescents, and adults. However, the literature on the use of art therapy in a judicial context has usually focused on using art with children, because children often do not know the correct words to explain a situation and may need illustrations to support their limited vocabulary.

Keywords:   forensic art therapy, Marcia Sue Cohen-Liebman, legal disputes, contextual information, evidentiary material, judicial proceedings, children

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