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The Czech Art Therapy Association

The Czech Art Therapy Association

The Art therapy is a treatment procedure uses creative expression as the main instrument of knowledge to influence the human psyche and relationships. The Art therapy is perceived as a part of some psychotherapeutic school and sometimes cenceived as an independent branch. We can distinguish two main streams there. The emphasis is held on the treatment potential of the creative action by itself at first. And psychotherapy, where the artefact and experience are processed in the therapy at the second.

The history of Art therapy

The first step in the development of the art therapy was done with the research of the art production of mentally ill people to help to find their diagnosis. The Art therapy started to be used as a specific therapeutic method together with the progress of psychoanalysis and other schools in 30th and 40th of the 20th century. Pioneers of the Art therapy were mostly artists with psychotherapeutic background. They were searching for possibilities to connect the art work and psychotherapy and its meaning for the the treatment (M. Naumburg, C. Lewis, E. Kramer and others). 

The Art therapy was used as a part of psychotherapy in different institutions from the 50th in 20th century in the Czech republic. PhDr.D.Kocabova established art therapeutic section within the Psychotherapeutic association CLS J.E. Purkyne in 70th. There were gathered people interested in the art therapy and they started to organize different kind of workshops. The popularity of the art therapy increased especially among students and graduate of the Special education studies in the 80th. The art therapy was incorporated into the teaching plan of the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of South Bohemia thanks to PhDr. M. Kyzour. The Czech association of the art therapy was established as a civic association opened for everybody interested in this topic. The association gradually seeks to become a professional otganization.       


The Art therapy does not have clearly pronounced professional status and rules so far. There are artists, teachers, psychologists or doctors who use the art therapy in their work. It is possible to study art therapy in the  Pedagogical Faculty of the University of South Bohemia, some pedagogical, philosophical or medical schools. The Czech Art Therapy Association  organizes The five years self-experienced training and guarantees different kind of training and workshops to acquaint people with art therapeutic techniques. 

The five year self-experienced training took over the Institute of art therapy training in cooperation with SUR in 2003. 

Miroslav Huptych started to organize his two year systematic training of the art therapy (252 hours) accredited by MSMT and there is going to be the ninth run next year. This training can be accepted as a bachelor studies. Dipl. KT Beate Albrich offers her training in group art therapy (230 hours). 

The Czech Art Therapy Association (CAA) publishes the magazine Arteterapie (three times in a year) and cooperates with others associations of the expresive therapies.



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