Ethics in Art Therapy
Release Date:01 Aug 2013

Ethics in Art Therapy

Challenging Topics for a Complex Modality

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Due to the complicated nature of using art and art materials in clinical practice, art therapists are often confronted with ethical considerations that are unique to their field. This book explores challenging topics in the ethical practice of art therapy.

Professional guidelines do not always address the gray areas of important ethical issues in art therapy practice. Art therapists must therefore have a strong sense of personal standards by which to navigate morally ambiguous situations. Using case examples and current ethical theory, the book provides much-needed guidance for how to handle dilemmas such as receiving client art as gifts, displaying client art, religious and sexual issues, and the documentation and digital dissemination of confidential material and artwork.

This book will be a valuable resource for art therapy students, graduate supervisors, new practitioners, and more experienced clinicians looking to increase their awareness of complex ethical issues.

In this text Lisa Furman has provided a welcome addition to the literature of the art therapy profession. For educators who teach ethics it is a valuable supplement, and for art therapists in the field this book contributes to the complex discussion of the gray areas of ethical decision making.

– Bruce L. Moon, PhD., HLM, ATR-BC, LPC, Art Therapy Department Chair and Graduate Art Therapy Program Director, Mount Mary College

From sexuality in this environment to cognitive impairments, this covers all kinds of common challenges and is recommended for any practicing art therapist and reference collections catering to them.

– Midwest Book Review

Lisa Furman draws from her experience as an art therapy clinician, educator and intern supervisor to shed light on several gray areas of art therapy practice. Furman stresses the need to understand how the art therapist's own background and beliefs affect clinical practice by offering strategies for self-examination. Her excellent text examines ethical dilemmas, delineates applicable art therapy ethical principles and provides quick references for the reader to consult for making ethical decisions. I predict this comprehensive text will become a valuable resource for art therapists at every skill level.

– Cheryl Doby-Copeland, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT, American Art Therapy Association Board of Directors, former Chair of the AATA Ethics Committee

Lisa Furman is uniquely qualified to author a book on ethical issues. I have been impressed by […] her ability to present the subject of ethics in an engaging, sensitive, and on occasion, humorous, manner. Ethics in Art Therapy is certainly a fundamental reading that provides an invaluable advancement of art therapy ethics.

– from the foreword by Deborah Farber, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Chair, Art Therapy Department, School of Visual Arts, New York City

Lisa R. Furman, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LPC, has worked as an art therapist and clinical co-ordinator in psychiatric, educational and community-based programs with children, adults and families in the greater New York City area for over 20 years. She has presented nationally on her work with cancer patients and current issues in art therapy ethics. She is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate art therapy program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and an assistant professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.
Dedication. Foreword by Deborah Farber. Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Figures. Introduction - Ethical Decisions in Art Therapy Practice. 1. Sexuality in the Therapeutic Environment. 2. Ethical Considerations with Cognitively Impaired Clients. 3. Electronic Transmission of Confidential Information and Artwork. 4. Exchanging Gifts in Art Therapy. 5. Touch and the Therapeutic Art Process. 6. Spirituality in Art and Therapy. Index.
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