Arts-based supervision training for creative arts therapists: Perceptions and implications

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Supervision is a critical component of quality clinical practice and training. This article describes an arts-based supervision course, and reports the results of a mixed method study on 78 practicing creative arts therapists composed of former students (n = 56) and current students (n = 22). Quantitative analysis of the pre-test to post-test changes indicated that the current students became more comfortable using creative techniques in their own practice as supervisors, and that both samples viewed the arts-based supervision course as having made a contribution to their professional identity. The qualitative results for the current students yielded four themes: the contribution of the arts-based process, personal development, the importance of the group and participants’ recommendations. The discussion centers on the value of creative artistic methods in supervision. These methods contribute to a more in-depth understanding and exploration of supervisory themes such as the clinical process, the therapeutic and supervisory relationships, and the connection to the profession in ways that enhance professional identity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101838
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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  • Art-based supervision
  • Creative arts therapy
  • Professional development
  • Professional identity
  • Supervision training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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