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Scientifically sound, practically oriented: Documentation techniques for the art therapy practice

[Wissenschaftlich fundiert, praktisch orientiert: Dokumentationstechniken für die kunsttherapeutische Praxis]
March 19 – 20, 2021
DAGTP training
Machwerk at Alte Münze, Berlin or digital

Quantitative documentation in art therapy is new territory and at the same time essential when it comes to scientific and societal recognition of the subject. In the workshop, in addition to an insight into the current state of research, selected documentation tools will be explained step by step and in a practice-oriented manner. Using a concrete example of application, the workshop will show how well-founded, art therapy documentation can look like.
On the one hand, the rating instrument for two-dimensional visual works (RizbA) will be explained, tested and evaluated for formal picture analysis. The questionnaire is freely available in the sense of Open Science and can be used in practice afterwards. On the other hand, forms of documentation are being tested that also cover art therapy and artistic processes. Possible applications of the tools will be discussed together with regard to objective documentation practice, data protection and ethical guidelines as well as communication.
The workshop is aimed at practicing art therapists who want to expand or structure their documentation techniques and are interested in a scientific foundation of art therapy. Previous knowledge is welcome, but not required. Participants are invited to bring their own visual works from their art therapy practice and use them as training material.

Scientifically sound, practically oriented: Documentation techniques for the art therapy practice

[Wissenschaftlich fundiert, praktisch orientiert: Dokumentationstechniken für die kunsttherapeutische Praxis]

April 16-17, 2021
Anschluss e.V. training
Machwerk at Alte Münze, Berlin or digital

Quantitative documentation in art therapy is new territory and at the same time essential when it comes to scientific and social recognition of the discipline. In the workshop, in addition to an insight into the current state of research, selected documentation tools will be explained step by step and in a practical manner. A concrete application example will be used to show what well-founded, genuinely art therapeutic documentation can look like.
On the one hand, the rating instrument for two-dimensional pictorial works (RizbA) is explained, tested and evaluated as a formal image analysis. The questionnaire is freely available in terms of Open Science and can subsequently be used in practice. On the other hand, forms of documentation will be tested that also capture art therapeutic as well as artistic processes. Possible applications of the tools will be discussed together with regard to objective documentation practice, data protection and ethical guidelines, as well as communication with the treatment team.


Open Science in art therapy research: Validating the rating instrument for two-dimensional pictorial works (RizbA) on contemporary visual art

May 13 – 15, 2021
Places, Spaces and Time – Shaping the European Art Therapy Landscape
1st EFAT Conference in Riga, Latvia​
talk

Digital technologies allow us to share information beyond place, space and time. Current research benefits from these possibilities when it comes to opening research. Open Science includes six principles (Open Data, Open Source, Open Methodology, Open Peer Review, Open Access and Open Educational Resources) and can take part in various points of time during the research process. By applying these, we can shape the future of art therapy research in and beyond Europe by making it more visible, accessible and replicable. The presentation introduces recent findings on the rating instrument for two-dimensional pictorial works (RizbA) and thereby illustrates benefits of Open Science.
The study validates the questionnaire on a representative sample of contemporary fine art, consisting of 318 images depicting works by artists from different cultural areas dated to the 21st century, which are drawn from a digital image database. In a randomized test-retest design the pictorial material was rated in an online study by 506 (T1) respectively 238 (T2) art experts using RizbA. Statistical quality criteria such as item difficulty, capacity of differentiation, test-retest reliability, and intraclass correlation were calculated. Principal component analysis (PCA) and indices of factor similarity were computed.
The overall test’s capacity of differentiation yields a partial eta-squared of .31 (T1) and .40 (T2). Test-retest reliability is .86. PCA reveals an eight-factors solution, which is largely consistent across both measurement points. Tucker’s coefficient of congruence ranges between |0.71| and |1.00|. Intraclass correlation coefficients are .86 (T1) and .73 (T2).
While previous studies indicate a generalizability of the questionnaire to amateurs’ works, these findings confirm its applicability to professional contemporary artworks as well. Although a conclusion on the factors structure cannot be drawn yet, results are very promising. As the first reliable quantitative tool for formal picture analysis, RizbA opens up new perspectives in documentation and art therapy research. Beyond that the study includes several principles of Open Science, such as Open data, Open methodology, Open source and Open access, and therefore functions as a vivid example for future-oriented research in art therapy.

The study was funded by the Open Science Fellows Program by Wikimedia Germany, Stifterverband and VolkswagenStiftung.

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