Community Art Therapy Practice Reflections

Emily Goldstein Nolan, Rochele Royster, Lauren Leone, Ling Cheun Bianca Lee, Angela Lyonsmith, Melissa Raman Molitor, Louvenia Jackson, Gretchen M. Miller, Allison Tunis, Pat B. Allen, Abbe Miller, Andrea Inés Velázquez Dorgan, Chelsea O’Neil Karcher, Owen Karcher, Jennifer DeLucia, Thahmina Begum, Lynn Kapitan, Laura Swift, Dani Moss

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemChapter


This chapter explores the dynamic definition of community art therapy and provides a collection of first-hand experiences from art therapists practicing community art therapy in various settings. The reflections from art therapists offer the reader insight into the complex and fluid nature of practicing clinically within the community setting and creating spaces for artmaking as a form of collective healing. This chapter illustrates themes of community artmaking as a means of cultivating belonging and connection; dealing with trauma; strengthening support systems; creating opportunities for social justice; and opening the conversation about sustainable practices that support the community beyond the space and beyond the life of the program or the organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommunity Art Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages78
ISBN (Electronic)9781000925197
ISBN (Print)9781032044590
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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