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Copying and Attunement: The Search For Creativity in a Secure Setting

26 January 2018

Sian Stott was awarded the 2016-2018 Art Therapy New Practitioner Essay Prize for this paper and everyone can now read it online in the International Journal of Art Therapy...



The Art Therapy New Practitioner Essay Prize was launched by the British Association of Art Therapists and Routledge. The aim of the competition is to recognise the valuable and sometimes innovative work and ideas of trainees and newly qualified practitioners and to encourage future academic authors. The Prize is awarded for the best original essay submitted on any topic relevant to the theory and/or practice of art therapy.

The competition winner receives a cash prize of £500 awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists and £100 pounds worth of Routledge publications. The winning essay is also published in the International of Art Therapy: Inscape (IJAT:Inscape) subject to approval by the Editorial Board. A panel jointly appointed by the British Association of Art Therapists and chaired by the editor of IJAT:Inscape judges the papers. 

Sian Stott’s winning entry, Copying and attunement: the search for creativity in a secure setting, suggests the way in which copying may develop attunement in the therapeutic relationship. Parallels and discrepancies are drawn between the chosen image and the copied image which related to the experience of the patient. Through collaborative art making Stott realised that her style was attuned to her patient's, an indication that Stott had understood the patient’s experience through the act of recasting. The article describes how this became evident in the discussion and progression of the therapeutic alliance.

To read this paper please click here

This article is free access until 30th April 2018


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