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Assessing The Potential Use Of Art Therapy In The United Kingdom Ministry Of Defence Department Of Community Mental Health

21 September 2019

Winner of the New Practitioner Essay Prize 2018-2020 has been awarded to Rachel Preston for this article...


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. 

Rachel's winning entry, provides a brief overview of art therapy before considering the prevalence of mental health problems for personnel currently serving in the UK Armed Forces compared with the UK general population. The current treatment pathway for serving personnel is explained and compared to a review of literature regarding art therapy for veterans in the UK predominantly looking at the art therapy workshops conducted by the charity Combat Stress with lead art therapist Janice Lobban. Rachel proposes that formal research could be undertaken, to determine the efficacy of art therapy with an Armed Forces client group at one of the Ministry of Defence Departments of Community Mental Health.

This article 
by Rachel Preston has been made FREE ACCESS for one month and can be accessed here

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