Evaluating the use of responsive art therapy in an inpatient child and adolescent mental health services unit

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Nielsen, Fran, Isobel, Sophie and Starling, Jean. (2019). Evaluating the use of responsive art therapy in an inpatient child and adolescent mental health services unit. Australasian Psychiatry. 27(2), pp. 165-170. https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856218822745
AuthorsNielsen, Fran, Isobel, Sophie and Starling, Jean
Abstract

Objectives:
We describe the use of responsive art therapy in an inpatient child and adolescent mental health services unit, including its acceptability rated through a satisfaction questionnaire.

Methods:
A patient satisfaction questionnaire was developed to collect feedback from 46 adolescents. Images from therapy were photographed and collated looking for patterns across diagnoses and stages of treatment.

Results:
Adolescents reported that art therapy helped them learn how to express themselves safely (80%) and understand how their thoughts related to their feelings (78%).

Conclusions:
Responsive art therapy was a useful strategy to support the safe expression of distress and was seen as a positive experience by adolescents in inpatient mental health care.

Keywordsart therapy; adolescent; inpatient treatment; trauma informed care
Year2019
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Journal citation27 (2), pp. 165-170
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN1039-8562
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856218822745
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85060565074
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range165-170
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