POLYPHONYJournal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists

Call for Submissions: Creative Arts Therapies and COVID-19

Published on Jun 25, 2020 by Polyphony

A POLYPHONY arises out of not just one voice, but many and diverse contributions. It is a combining, not a merging, of simultaneous lines of independent voices or melodies, co-existing in equal measure. As such, Polyphony provides an online space for creative arts therapists in Ireland and beyond to share their insights and innovations. While each contribution retains distinction, they accompany each other as a composition. We follow the IACAT mission “for Creative Arts Therapies to be accessible, visual and valued as an integral part of health, education and social care systems”. We also seek to advance an understanding of how the arts therapies contribute to enriching individual’s lives and environments.

In a time of crises, the creative arts therapies can be a positive mental health intervention for individuals. However, in the Covid-19 pandemic, many individuals in self-isolation may be missing out on early interventions in a time of great distress and vulnerability. Furthermore, physical distancing creates gaps between therapists and clients, and between educators and students. It takes time to adjust, personally and professionally.

This special issue explores the ways in which creative arts therapists are reaching out to each other and to individuals, families and communities. In this unprecedented moment, how do we foster nourishment, connection and composure?

Submissions might consider (but are not limited to):

  • Innovative ways for arts therapists to connect and share resources.
  • Digital forms of therapy provision.
  • The use of new technologies and materials in the creative arts therapies.
  • Changing the way education is offered, e.g. online platforms.
  • Technical development / technological overwhelm / virtual identity.
  • Personal narratives and professional identity within social distancing.
  • Self-expression and creativity.

As a global community of arts therapists, we welcome individual and collaborative case studies, reflections, articles, artwork, podcasts, videos, and more. Please provide a written narrative to contextualise visual media.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions should be no more than 2000 words. Please send high-resolution images in jpeg files, ensuring that files are labelled with the titles of the artwork. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo before they can be linked to the journal. Submission should follow the Harvard Style for citations, references and artwork captions. See the submissions link for style guidance. 

Contact Co-Editors Maggie O’Neill and Pamela Whitaker at journaleditor@iacat.ie with any queries.