The George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program 

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Standardized Techniques

Non-Standardized Artwork

The Face Stimulus Assessment (FSA)

 The Face Stimulus Assessment (FSA)©Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC (2003).  This performance-based assessment was developed in order to better understand the creative potential, cognitive abilities, and developmental levels of art therapy clients.  The FSA was originally conceptualized as an assessment for use with multicultural populations, especially children and adolescents with multiple disabilities, autism, and/or and those who have communication difficulties (Betts, 2003).  It was developed during the years 1998-2000 and was presented at the 32nd Annual AATA conference in Albuquerque, NM (Betts, 2001).  The assessment may also be pertinent for use with other populations: for example, Robb (2001) utilized the FSA in her work with 27 children from Russian orphanages.  

This art therapy assessment tool is comprised of a series of three pieces of white 8.5” x 11” paper:  Picture 1 consists of a standardized image of a human face; Picture 2 contains an outline of the face only, and Picture 3 is a blank page.

Materials (for North America):

· A standard packet of 8 Crayola markers

· A packet of 8 Crayola Multicultural markers*

· Three stimulus drawing templates:

An 8 ½ x 11” sheet of white Xerox paper depicting the complete face stimulus;

An 8 ½ x 11” sheet of white Xerox paper depicting the outline of the face and neck;

An 8 ½ x 11” sheet of blank white Xerox paper.

· FSA Participant Inquiry Form

· FSA Rater Inquiry Form

· Systematic Observation Guidelines

A Rating Manual for measuring the FSA has been developed, but further reliability and validity testing needs to be conducted.  As such, art therapists are encouraged to use this assessment tool in research.

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*Crayola Multicultural markers are widely available in North America, but are difficult if not impossible to readily obtain in other countries.  If the markers are not available, they can be substituted with oil pastels (such as Cray-pas) or other markers.  If other materials are used, just be aware that this changes the original standardized procedure.