Research Ethics and Standards of Practice

All research at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute is governed by the KATI Policy on Research Ethics and Procedures. In addition, the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute adheres to the Standards of Practice adopted by the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Theses and Capstone Projects

One of the graduation requirements for the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute Diploma is to complete either a thesis or a capstone project.

The purpose of writing a thesis is to demonstrate:

  • in-depth knowledge of the field of art therapy, including deeper insight into current research and development work;

  • the integration of therapeutic skills in the practice of art therapy;

  • the ability of synthesize knowledge acquired, and to apply these learnings in the development, execution and analysis of a research study relevant to art therapy practice;

  • the capability to use a holistic view to critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues;

  • the value of art in enhancing the quality of life;

  • a dedication and commitment to art and therapeutic services in community; and

  • an awareness of the ethical aspects of research and development work.

A capstone project can have a specifically clinical, community, artistic or practical focus. A capstone project will take the following criteria into consideration:

  • professionalism in art therapy practice;

  • the integration of therapeutic skills in the practice of art therapy;

  • the value of art in enhancing quality of life;

  • the integration of research skills that are relevant to art therapy practice; and

  • dedication and commitment to socially engaged art practice in the community.

 

Completed Theses and Capstone Projects