Arts therapies in the Scottish Highlands: exploring technologies to connect therapists and clients living remotely

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Abstract

While the demand for art therapy in Scotland grows, its availability in remote and rural areas is currently limited and therapists often need to travel far distances to reach their clients. Could online modes of delivery be a way to bring art therapy practice closer to more remote communities?This poster presentation will consider whether and how art therapy could make use of digital technology to reach clients living remotely and in what areas, if any, innovation might extend the tool box of art therapists. It will introduce the work of the Digital Health academic team in the Scottish Highlands and present an essence of the findings of a systematic review documenting the growing research evidence around the use of technology in art therapy. Recurring themes in the literature will be discussed, including the reasons behind the common resistance towards digital media. The poster will consider the technological innovations that could make some of the challenges redundant and indicate how they might be utilized in therapy. Building on this work, we will outline a feasibility study aiming to explore the views of art therapists practicing in remote areas and their clients. In particular, we will discuss opportunities to improve equity of access for a charitable organisation providing art therapy to children with long term and life limiting conditions.Finally, we will invite conversation to explore ways in which to further connecttechnology and art therapy for the benefit of clients, therapists and ageing populations living remotely.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2019
Event6th European Society for Research on Internet Interventions Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 5 Sep 20196 Sep 2019
https://www.esrii2019.org/pdf/programme_and_abstracts.pdf

Conference

Conference6th European Society for Research on Internet Interventions Conference
Abbreviated titleESRII 2019
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period5/09/196/09/19
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