0508 - Developing into Professional Art Therapists: Helping Students Foster Important Qualities During Practicum
This course examines findings from a qualitative study that asked on-site supervisors about important qualities in art therapy practicum students. Practical knowledge in the form of considerations is explored that can initiate poignant discussions in supervision to enhance student growth and provide better preparation towards becoming professional art therapists.
- Identify key qualities that are important for art therapy students to foster during practicum.
- Determine gaps in training that would better prepare students for their practicum.
- Articulate how the practicum experience helps shape art therapy professionalism.
Dr. Theresa Van Lith
Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Florida State University
Dr. Van Lith’s (ATR-BC, AThR) research interests have stemmed from working in the mental health system back in her home country, Australia. She has since investigated art therapy professional development and service delivery models in the United States, such as implementing best practice interventions with children and using web-based art therapy with university students.