Art Therapist use evidence based art therapy assessments and skills in evaluation and psychotherapy, choosing materials appropriate to their clients’ needs, designing sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and interventions. Art therapist use the creative process as a prescriptive use of art materials and art directive to facilitate positive changes in a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, treating mental, emotional, and physical problems and disorders. Art therapy helps to manage behaviors, achieve insight, cope better with stressor, aids in resolving inner conflicts and problems and helps to alleviate symptoms and enhances overall mental well-being (American Art Therapy Association 2009).
Evidence Based Art Therapy Assessments are used to evaluate emotional, cognitive and developmental conditions. The first drawing assessment for psychological purposes was created in 1906 by German psychiatrist, Fritz Mohr (Malchiodi 1998).