Response art is a form of visual processing for art therapists to explore countertransference, build empathy, contain session material, and practice self care. For many art therapists, response art acts as a central tool for developing clinical insight into client treatment.

In 2017, I conducted my thesis research on how response art through visual journaling can support the art therapist-in-training. Methods were comprised of a self-study and survey of art therapy graduate students current use of response art.

Findings reported that 85% of students used response art after sessions in order understand the clinical work and theraputic relationship throughout their graduate studies. The visual journal acted as a container for session material, space for self-reflection, tool for self-care, and visual documentation to utilize during on-site, in-class, and peer supervision. Limitations included lack of time, consistent access to art materials, and motivation to make art during strong periods of burnout.

These images are samples of response art I create to reflect on my experiences as a clinician thus far. I structure my art routine around weekly collage exercises.