Forwarding Arts Therapy in South East Asia

Kelly, Joanne and Levey, Amanda and Lay, Ronald Paul-Michael Henry (2017) Forwarding Arts Therapy in South East Asia. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy – Eastern and Western Perspectives, 3 (1). pp. 14-25. ISSN 1470-8078

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Title: Forwarding Arts Therapy in South East Asia

Over the past ten years, the profession of arts therapy has come a long way in South East Asia. As the rst and truly only international professional association in the Asia-Paci c region, the Austra- lian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) is now rmly positioned as a profes- sional community which contributes effectively towards the development of the arts therapies. In all countries where arts therapy has evolved, there have been signi cant challenges inherent in establishing and developing a credible professional identity. Such identity and recognition applies not only to how we view ourselves but also, importantly, to how we are viewed by the public, by other professions and by governments. A healthily developing professional association is a vital component of any emerging profession, and grows in tandem with a dynamic and developing practice, with rigorous standards of training within solid theoretical frameworks, with an adher- ence to ethical guidelines, and with an evolving research culture. As arts therapy gains momentum across the globe, speci cally within this geographical area, the profession is coming of age – providing exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations where differences and diver- sity are acknowledged, embraced and integrated. The link that connects us all is the healing power of the creative process and the recognition of its vital importance to our lives and wellbeing.

Keywords: arts therapy, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, development of profession.

Subjects: Art therapy
Divisions: Centre for Research in the Arts
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 09:31
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 08:13
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