Shifting to Tele-Arts Therapies during the COVID-19 Pandemic: International Findings on Helpful and Challenging Factors

Thursday 13 May 12:00-13:00 BST (UK British Summer Time)

Online Research Lunch Hour with Dr Hod Orkibi and Dr Nisha Sajnani

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented shift to online treatment. For the creative arts therapies (CAT) – a healthcare profession that involves the intentional use of the visual art, drama, music, dance, and poetry within a therapeutic relationship – this shift has been highly consequential for practice. This study examined (a) how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted CAT’s clinical practice, and (b) the features characterizing online practice in an international sample of 1206 creative arts therapists.  Overall, the study aimed to identify changes in the use of the arts in therapy, resources that contributed to the delivery of therapy, and the role of therapists’ creative self-efficacy in adapting to these changes. Quantitative and qualitative data will be presented, and their implications will be discussed.

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Hod Orkibi, PhD, is a certified psychodrama therapist, a tenured Senior Lecturer and researcher at the School of Creative Arts Therapies, University of Haifa, Israel. Dr. Orkibi advises M.A. and Ph.D. students and serves as the Chair of the Doctoral Studies Committee and head of international programs and collaborations.

Hod serves on the editorial board of the international journal The Arts in Psychotherapy​, the Drama Therapy Review – Journal of the North American Drama Therapy Association, the GMS Journal of Arts Therapies, APA Division 10’s journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and the  Academic Journal of Creative Arts Therapies​.  

Nisha Sajnani

Dr Nisha Sajnani is the Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and the Theatre and Health Lab at New York University. She is the Editor of Drama Therapy Review, the journal of the North American Drama Therapy Association, President of the Foundation of the Arts & Trauma, and founding member of the Critical Pedagogies in the Arts Therapies working group.