Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy: 50 Clinicians From 20 Countries Share Their Stories presents a global collection of first-person accounts detailing the ethical issues that arise during art therapists’ work. Grouped according to themes such as discrimination and inclusion, confidentiality, and scope of practice, chapters by experienced art therapists from 20 different countries explore difficult situations across a variety of practitioner roles, client diagnoses, and cultural contexts. In reflecting upon their own courses of action when faced with these issues, the authors acknowledge missteps as well as successes, allowing readers to learn from their mistakes. Offering a unique presentation centered on diverse vignettes with important lessons and ethical takeaways highlighted throughout, this exciting new volume will be an invaluable resource to all future and current art therapists, as well as to other mental health professionals.

part I|2 pages

Looking Beneath the Surface

chapter 2|11 pages

Informed Consent and More

Positioning the Private Practice Contract at the Crossroads of the Art Therapist’s Ethical, Clinical, Financial, and Legal Responsibilities

part II|2 pages

The Ethical Dilemmas

part |2 pages

Assumptions, Discrimination, Exclusion

chapter 3|9 pages

After the Typhoon

We Brought Art Materials, They Wanted Coffee

chapter 4|7 pages

Art Therapist? Yes. Minister? That, Too!

Ethical Issues That May Arise When One Has Dual Roles

chapter 5|7 pages

Can Biases Ever be Right?

The Ethics of Working Internationally as an Art Therapist, a Trainer, and a Professor

chapter 6|5 pages

Culturally Adaptive Art Therapy Practice

Is it Ethical?

chapter 7|7 pages

Do No More Harm

The Ethical Practice of Art Therapy with Hospitalized Adults Who Have Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

chapter 8|6 pages

Not Just Another Old Person

Art Therapy with Those Who Strive for Autonomy and Respect within a Culture of Invisibility

chapter 9|8 pages

Redressing Social Injustice

Transcending and Transforming the Borders of Art Therapy Training in South Africa

chapter 10|7 pages

Translation of the Therapeutic Language

Can One Teach or Practice Art Therapy Ethically Without Considering Culture?

chapter 11|6 pages

Walking a New Path

Ethical Considerations in Indigenizing Art Therapy in Canada

part |2 pages


chapter 12|6 pages

A Part of, Yet Separate

Ethical Issues Arising in Art Therapy with Combat Service Members and Their Families

chapter 13|7 pages

‘But I Am Understanding That You Mean To Say . . .’

The Use of Language Interpreters in Art Therapy

chapter 14|7 pages

Ethics and Morality on the Stand

Art Therapist as Expert Witness

chapter 15|7 pages

No Man, or Woman, Is an Island— Especially on an Island

Practicing Art Therapy in the West Indies

chapter 16|6 pages

When “Client” is Plural

Confidentiality in Art Therapy with Groups, Families, and Couples

chapter 17|7 pages

Youth Behind Bars

Ethical Issues That Confront Art Therapists Who Work in Juvenile Detention Centers

part |2 pages

Conflicting Interests

chapter 18|7 pages

An American Art Therapist in France

30 Years of Teaching and Supervising European Art Therapists and Practicing Art Therapy

chapter 19|7 pages

Art for Sale?

Using Client Art for Promotional Purposes

chapter 20|7 pages

Art Therapy in Chile

The Ethical Challenges and Dilemmas of an Emerging Professional Practice

chapter 21|7 pages

‘I Am Not Disordered, I Am Special’

Ethical Issues Faced by Art Therapists in the Evolving World of Children with Special Needs

chapter 22|6 pages

If Not for the Grace of God, There Go I

The Ethical Challenges of Providing Art Therapy and Other Services to Those Who Are Homeless

chapter 23|6 pages

‘It’s Not Even My Fault’

Ethical Issues Encountered in Providing Art Therapy for Those Who Have Been Injured on the Job

chapter 24|8 pages

My Top Ten Ethical Pet Peeves

An Art Therapist Reflects Upon a Career Working in Psychiatric Settings

chapter 25|8 pages

Separation of Church and State

Parochial Politics, Third-Party Payers, and Art Therapy for an Individual with Complex Trauma, Eating Disorder, and Dissociative Identity Disorder

part |2 pages

Multiple Roles

chapter 26|7 pages

Actually, Hong Kong Is a Small Town

Art Therapy and Multiple Relationships within a Community

chapter 27|6 pages

Avenues and Barriers of Dual Roles

Ethics and the Art Therapist as Researcher

chapter 28|6 pages

Hovering Between Art Education and “Art Therapy”

The Ethical Perspective of a Ghanaian Art Educator

chapter 29|9 pages

It’s Not All Academic

Addressing Non-academic Ethical Issues That Arise in Art Therapy Education

chapter 30|6 pages

Testifying on the Termination of Parental Rights

Art Therapy and Case Management in an Early Intervention Program

chapter 31|8 pages

The Art Therapist/Art Teacher

Practicing Ethically in Treatment Settings and School Settings

part |2 pages

Scope of Practice

chapter 33|11 pages

Apps, Telehealth, and Art Therapy

Online Treatment and Ethical Issues for the Digital Age

chapter 34|6 pages

A Safe Space, Standards, and “Gut Feelings”

Ethics and Cultural Diversity in Art Therapy Training Groups

chapter 35|7 pages

But Who Really Is On First?

Art Therapy as Collaborative Treatment for Trauma Disorders

chapter 36|7 pages

Ethical Concerns when Applying Drawing to Promote Memory

Research Conducted in Iceland

chapter 37|6 pages

My First Year as an Art Therapist in India

Ethical, Cultural, Logistical, and Supervisory Issues

chapter 39|7 pages

Traveling without My GPS

Creating the First 100% Online Art Therapy Master’s Degree Program

chapter 40|7 pages

Widening the Lens of Ethical Practice in Art Therapy

Visual Free Speech and the Inclusive Studio Environment

part |2 pages

Transference and Counter-transference

chapter 41|7 pages

An Open Book

How Does a Bereaved Art Therapist Maintain Boundaries with Bereaved Clients?

chapter 42|8 pages

Boys Will Be Boys

Men, Ethics, and Art Therapy

chapter 43|6 pages

Coloring Inside the Rooms

Art Therapy in Residential Substance and Gambling Addiction Treatment

chapter 44|10 pages

Gaza Was Different

Ethical Issues That Arose on an Art Therapy Journey in the Middle East

chapter 45|7 pages

Is All Art Making Ethical?

Dilemmas Posed in the Making of Response Art by Australian Art Therapy Trainees

chapter 46|13 pages

Multiple Roles in Art Therapy Supervision

Using El Duende One-Canvas Process Painting

chapter 47|7 pages

Trauma and Displaced Aggression

An Art Therapist Works with Refugees in Sweden

part |2 pages

The Abuse of Power

chapter 48|10 pages

If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

Finding Courage When Asked to Do Wrong

part III|2 pages

Drawing to a Close

chapter 49|6 pages

Finishing Art Therapy without the Work Unraveling

Ethical Issues in Terminating Long-term Therapy with Children

chapter 50|10 pages

When the Art Therapist Is Ready to Leave Before the Client Is

The Ethical Challenges of Closing a Clinical Practice