“A coat of many colors”: Towards an integrative multilayered model of art therapy Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper describes a theoretical model for conceptualizing art therapy through an integrative multilayered prism that ecologically “layers” dynamic, humanistic, systemic, and social understandings of art, therapy, and people. The result is a systemic but multifaceted model for the teaching of art therapy and the implementation of its theory. The “depth” of art therapy is the multifaceted character of art that enables multiple interpretations simultaneously, concurrent with the eclectic and complex realities of today's clients. This paper presents a theoretical model and also demonstrates different systems of its application.

publication date

  • July 1, 2009