The Draw-a-Bridge assessment evaluates where a client is in life. A bridge can represent various aspects of one’s life and provide insight into the individual. There are 12 variables that are typically used to interpret the Draw-a-Bridge assessment:
- Placement of Self
- Emphasis by Elaboration
- Bridge Construction
- Type of Bridge
- Places Drawn on Either Side of the Bridge
- Matter Under the Bridge
- Vantage Point of Viewer
- Axis of Paper
- Consistency of Gestalt
- Written Associations of Drawing
The assessment is given by asking the client to draw a bridge. Once drawn, they are asked to place themselves on the bridge and identify the direction they are traveling in. It is important to consider all aspects of the drawing because they can help to identify things that the client may be struggling with. For example, a bridge that appears fragile may allude to instability in a client’s life.
MPS Art Therapy students each made their own bridge in class, with the thought of representing the academic year. Many students depicted the two sides of the bridge as being very different places, while others focused heavily on the structure of the bridge itself.