I'm not sure either. I am kinda at a loss for words to describe how that article makes me feel. I kinda feel like National Geographic used those vets in some weird way. I also don't see the theraputical value in it.I'm not sure what you mean...
You got that right. I think most of us should keep our masks hidden away though. Polite society seems to flinch when we show what's behind the mask.I thought it was valid to post as it may have value & some of the recorded comments are interesting. The therapy I've heard anecdotally can be a positive & I don't think NG would risk its' reputation to use vets in a disparaging way. I have to say though that the images are pretty stark.
The above study was a literature search that looked at a total of four out of 1653 records. It does not reflect when the study began only that it ended in 12/2016.
Art therapy is akin to journaling where there is a bond between the writer and the page. Journaling is effective and requires only the ability to transfer thoughts and feelings into a diary or sheet of paper. The idea of art therapy would have the same connection with the paper or canvas. Few people have the required skills to create a "work of art" at any level. I can see where those with artistic skills would be able to make the connection with the medium they are most comfortable with. If someone who has had a long interest in creating art was able to make the connection with the medium of chalk, oils, water, or acrylics and apply it to paper or canvas, I can see it working for that person. That brings up the observation of a particular therapy "working for who it works for". The key in deciding if a therapeutic approach is working or not means looking at the patient's progress towards recovery, and evaluating not so much the "work of art" but the patients progress through the art.