The Effectiveness of Art Therapy in Schools
Beth Gonzalez-Dolginko, EdD, NYS LCAT, ATR-BC
NYS LCAT in private practice, 19 Eatons Neck Road, Northport, NY, USA
This paper describes a qualitative interview study that included interviews with eight art therapists working in public schools in New York State and field notes from shadowing two of the art therapists. One of the original purposes of the study was to gather information on the effectiveness of art therapy with the school students receiving this care. Included is a significant literature review on art therapy’s effectiveness in schools representing a variety of ages and issues. This data-based research indicated that the work of the art therapists was effective and in which areas. Included are summaries of field notes offering methods and procedures.