This paper presents the framework of a new group digital art therapy program for adults with autism spectrum disorders being implemented at a community-based Autism Centre. At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to describe the role of the DAT facilitators, the program’s theoretical underpinnings, the art-making and creative activity software applications introduced to group members, the art-based interventions administered to group members, and overall group DAT benefits and limitations.
Olena Darewych is a registered psychotherapist in Ontario, a registered Canadian art therapist, an adjunct faculty at Adler University-Vancouver campus and Martin Luther University College, and instructor at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She completed her PhD in expressive therapies at Lesley University and currently facilitates group digital art therapy sessions for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is a past president of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.