The main safety issue in art therapy is the possibility that it may evoke distressing thoughts or feelings. For this reason, art therapy should be used under the guidance of a qualified art therapist or other mental health professional.
A minor though possible concern in art therapy involves the use of potentially harmful materials. There have been reported cases of lead poisoning from use of lead ceramic glaze used during art therapy classes. Only materials known to be safe should be used.
Related clean-up materials (e.g., turpentine or mineral spirits) that release potentially toxic fumes should only be used with adequate ventilation.
This information is based on a professional level monograph edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com): William Collinge, PhD, MPH (Collinge & Associates); Dawn Costa, BA, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Nicole Giese, MS (Boston University); Jacquelyn Guilford, PhD, MBA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Dana A. Hackman, BS (Northeastern University); Kristopher Swinney, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Isabell Syelsky, PharmD (Northeastern University); Brian Szczechowski, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Shaina Tanguay-Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Chris Tonelli, MA (Emmanuel College); Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD (Massachusetts General Hospital); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Jen Woods, BS (Northeastern University).
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