Incorporating technology into the art therapy practice allows individuals to gain a sense of empowerment and expand their cognitive, fine motor, communicative, imaginative, and visual proficiencies. Utilizing technology throughout the creative process can potentially decrease feelings of intimidation for those who may be reluctant to practice art. Digital technology can stimulate play for the client when facilitated by an art therapist because navigating technology is explorative in nature and the pressures of creating an extravagantly beautiful piece is essentially reduced. This method would be suitable for autonomously disenfranchised populations seeking a sense of empowerment such as those with physical incapacities. The art therapist’s approach to integrating technology and discerning how its use may affect their clientele and its aptness in relation to their needs will ultimately determine its success within their practice. The use of technology in art therapy poses certain ethical concerns.
It is important to assess the following:
WHO needs to see the artwork?
WHAT are my client’s needs, strengths, and weaknesses?
WHERE will the artwork be stored?
WHY is this artwork being created?
HOW will the artwork be accessed?
Applications to consider for therapeutic use include This is Sand, Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Express, Fresh Paint, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Illustrator, CamStudio, and many more. The creative possibilities are endless!
-KasMoné Williams, MPS Art Therapy Class 0f 2019