The kinetic family in action: An intermodal assessment model

Neta Ram-Vlasov, Hod Orkibi

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This paper presents the structured four-phase Kinetic Family in Action (KFiA) assessment model that aims to identify both implicit and explicit issues within the client's family system to inform clinical practice. The KFiA assessment model is based on art therapy and psychodrama family work, and inspired by intermodal expressive arts therapy theory and practice. It involves a sequential process of intermodal transfer across three modalities of expression: from drawing, through writing, to acting. The transition from an individual to a group work format promotes the active exploration of central components of the client's family system, such as beliefs and patterns, narratives, roles, dynamics, and subgroups. The model is suitable for use in creative arts interventions on family issues. After a presentation of the conceptual framework, the assessment dimensions are described, followed by a case illustration that demonstrates key processes and techniques. The discussion centers on future directions for research and practice.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number101750
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Art therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Kinetic family drawings
  • Psychodrama

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)


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