Ashley Walter

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Psychology; College of Arts & Sciences

First Advisor

Marianne Miserandino


Evidence-based practice is a scientific approach to therapy that uses research to determine whether or not interventions are efficacious. In the field of art therapy, patients may not be receiving the best possible treatment due to the lack of well-researched evidence-based practices. This deficiency means that clinicians cannot be certain of the efficacy of their interventions, thus running the risk of wasting patients’ time and money on treatment that is not healing them, or worse, is actually causing them harm. This ethical dilemma can be somewhat remedied by employing an integrated theoretical approach. So, how then, can an integrated theoretical approach serve to incorporate evidence based practices into art therapy? Specifically, how can interventions from cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapies be applied to an art therapy setting? While there is a lack of empirical evidence to substantiate the efficacy of art therapy interventions, integrating evidence-based practices from cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapies may be a remedy until more research can be conducted.

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