Art Therapy in Israel: Current Status and Future Directions of the Profession

Dafna Regev, Rachel Lev-Wiesel

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The uniqueness of Israel's history and the characteristics of its society have influenced the development of the art therapy profession. The need to acknowledge, assist, and treat different populations, which include those who came from different cultural backgrounds, Holocaust survivors, and combat veterans and their families, led art therapists to develop new models of interventions and techniques to meet a variety of clients' needs. Drawing from all of this information, this chapter focuses on the historical development and current situation of art therapy in Israel. It presents a comprehensive review of research conducted in Israel on various aspects of the benefits and effectiveness of art therapy. These include the responses to art materials by means of reflections written by 120 students after they worked with five different types of art materials; and arts-based qualitative research on the interaction between non-artist creators and a specific art material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781118306543
ISBN (Print)9781118306598
StatePublished - 6 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Art materials
  • Art therapy
  • Arts-based qualitative research
  • Israel
  • Multicultural identity


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