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 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.
The 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 therapists.
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)?
Please visit the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) website www.arttherapy.org for a listing of colleges and universities, and steps toward registration and board certification.
A few thoughts from our presenter...
MFA, MA, ATR-BC
Most children 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 life.
Art therapeutic 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
The goal of art therapy is to heal through creativity.