According to the American Art Therapy Association...
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of
art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by
people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase
awareness of self and others cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy
the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy. They are knowledgeable about
human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing
potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to allied professionals.
Art therapists work with people
of all ages: individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities. They provide services, individually and as part of clinical
teams, in settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions, community, wellness centers,
schools, nursing homes, corporate structures, open studios and independent practices.
American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA) sets educational, professional, and ethical standards for its members. The Art
Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.(ATCB), an independent organization, grants credentials. Registration (ATR)is granted upon
completion of graduate education and post-graduate supervised experience.
Board Certification (ATR-BC) is granted
to Registered Art Therapists who pass a written examination, and is maintained through continuing education. states
regulate the practice of art therapy and in many states art therapists can become licensed as counselors or mental health
Questions About Art Therapy?
- Interested in a career as an Art Therapist?
- Interested in Art Therapy Education?
- Interested in becoming a member of the American
Art Therapy Association (AATA)?
visit the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) website for a listing of colleges and universities, and steps toward
registration and board certification. www.arttherapy.org
A few thoughts from our presenter...
MFA, MA, ATR-BC
finger paint, draw with crayons and play with clay. These activities teach creativity, which helps children in all aspects
of life. When children become depressed, abused, traumatized or medically stressed art expression is a natural
way to communicate difficult feelings.
In fact, children need to learn to
identify feelings and how to express them in socially acceptable ways. Affective lessons are a key part of the treatment
offered by Art Therapists through the therapeutic use of drawing, painting and sculpture. Art therapists also conduct
art therapy evaluations which provide mental health clinicians and educators a vivid picture of a child's inner
experiences, such as the ones offered in these workshops, provide a creative structure where children identify
and express emotions, conflicts, foster self-awareness, explore problem solving, describe their identity, reveal relationship
issues and increase self-esteem.
The goal of art therapy is to heal through creativity.