About This Website | Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

In 1995 I made a presentation at a national conference on art therapy and what was then "social media"-- America Online! It's easy to understand that a lot has happened since then! Digital technology and social media continue to have a daily and moment-to-moment impact on personal and professional life. Art therapy, a field that has traditionally focused on tactile, here-and-now media, is also influenced by the emergence of digital platforms.


Art Therapy and Computer Technology was my first attempt to put the growing digital realm into an art therapy perspective...fast forward to the 21st century and it's hard to keep up with all the new options for creation and communication. It is exciting to be able to provide this website as a source of learning for all things "digital tech" including social media and the professional challenges these rapidly-developing influences have on art-making, ethical decisions and personal day-to-day communication and interaction. Enjoy the information and resources presented on these pages-- Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and colleague Lennie Etcherling, PhD
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and colleague Lennie Etcherling, PhD
Digital Art Therapy Presentation circa 2012; see Resources for SlideShare download
Digital Art Therapy Presentation circa 2012; see Resources for SlideShare download

Digital Technology, Social Media and Related Projects


Here are some of the books in which I explore the ever-evolving realm of digital technology, social media and art therapy:


Art Therapy and Computer Technology: A Virtual Palette of Possibilities (Jessica Kingsley/London, 2000). This is the first comprehensive book on the topic of computer-based, digital tech, social media, and electronic communication in the field of art therapy. While the technology and platforms have changed, the issues discussed in this book are remarkably relevant, particularly the professional and personal challenges of applying digital technology to our work and the ethical questions related to social media and the Internet. It also documents the earliest work of art therapists in this area, work that has often been forgotten or overlooked by recent authors and publications.


Handbook of Art Therapy (2nd. ed) (Guilford Publications, 2011). TBA...

Articles and Chapters...

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Social Media and Online Art Therapy Communities

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And visit my other websites...

I really enjoy creating websites; I think I must really be a computer geek at heart. It has been an adventure over the past fifteen years to experience everything from Adobe Dreamweaver (that dates me) to current user-friendly platforms that one can upload in less than a day (like this one). I love the interplay of imagery and text and most of all, providing sources of information on topics related to my practice as an art therapist and vision as an artist. Here are two that you might enjoy visiting:


Cathy A. Malchiodi at www.cathymalchiodi.com, my personal and professional website. You can find out more about various publications (books, articles, etc) and more about art therapy in general on that site.


Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute at www.trauma-informedpractice.com, an international source for information on trauma-informed expressive arts therapy, art therapy, and mind-body approaches to trauma intervention. You can find downloadable articles and a variety of links to online learning opportunities and a schedule of trainings given around the world. Continuing education credits are also available via real-time and distance learning at the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Learning Center.

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