Mandated Measures: seismic shifts in the discipline and training of art therapy

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Ronald Lay


Confronted by catastrophic circumstances, such as the complexities instigated by COVID-19 and the global pandemic, art therapists naturally interpreted this as an opportunity to effectively evidence their resiliency, innovation, compassion and, indeed, their creativity.  This article prioritises the practice and training of art therapy, and explores how the unprecedented circumstances we currently find ourselves in have needed the discipline to evolve in ways that ensures the continuation of the overall integrity, best practices, ethics, and expected standards.  This discourse champions the art in art therapy by highlighting creativity as a core tenet of this resilient discipline.   


COVID-19, arts-based response, art therapy, art therapy training, Singapore


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Open Dialogue: Covid-19, Creativity or Collapse?