It was a great privilege today to make another presentation to the American Art Therapy Association‘s national conference with my long-time co-author, Einat Metzl. Einat had helped me with research design and statistical analysis as my team of expressive therapists and I tried to understand the benefits of our services to the patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The presentation, blandly titled “A pilot outcome study of Art Therapy & Music Therapy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” details the process we went through in collecting and analyzing data and spends a fair amount of time discussing the limitations of the study so that other people can replicate it and/or do it better than we did. In short: art therapy and music therapy both seemed to help patients decrease pain, but art therapy seemed to do a better job at improving mood than music therapy. Would love to see someone do a longitudinal study on all of this.
I was so pleased that several of the audience members also work in hospitals and/or work with music therapists. It’s great to be able to collaborate with like-minded professionals, and even more wonderful to understand how our services can be best received. We are hoping to submit the data for publication soon, and I will be sure to announce it in case anyone wishes to read more about it.
In the meantime, I promised our audience members that I would post our reference list, so here it is linked below. Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions.