PROVISION OF SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS: Edited by Giovanni de Girolamo and Thomas BeckerProvision of arts therapies for people with severe mental illnessFenner, Patriciaa; Abdelazim, Radwa S.b; Bräuninger, Irisc; Strehlow, Gittad; Seifert, Kathrine Author Information aSchool of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia bDepartment of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Kasr Al Aini Hospital, Cairo, Egypt cUniversity of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Psychomotor Therapy, Schaffhauserstrasse, Zürich dClinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Bethesda Hospital Bergedorf, Hamburg eUniversitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany Correspondence to Kathrin Seifert, Universitatsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany. E-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Psychiatry: July 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 306-311 doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000338 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Arts therapies are still inadequately regulated throughout the world despite a 100-year-long tradition, a vast number of academically trained therapists and importance in treating psychiatric patients. It is essential that more evidence-based studies are undertaken. Recent findings Current international guidelines focus on the efficacy and effectiveness of arts therapies. New international evidence-based studies reporting clear-cut therapeutic effects of art therapy, music therapy and dance movement therapy are described here, with a focus on developments in Australia, Egypt and the United States. Summary Further effort must be put into the development of evidence-based treatment programmes for all arts therapies, and effort needs to go into the establishment of arts therapists as a profession, with appropriate training standards. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.