Are you interested in pursuing a career in the mental health field? One career path that may interest you is Art Therapy. The American Art Therapy Association defines Art Therapy as “a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the Art Therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.” The field of art therapy began in the 1940s with roots in the fields of art and psychotherapy. Currently, the Bureau of Labor reports that “The American Art Therapy Association has about 5,000 members in the United States”.
You will find Art Therapists working in a variety of settings including clinical settings like hospitals and residential facilities in addition to community settings, like private practice, schools and even in museums. Keeping the variety of work settings in mind, Art Therapists work with a variety of age groups. Art Therapist work with clients who have a variety of mental health issues ranging from trauma, grief and Traumatic Brain Injury to those who have Dementia and Alzheimer’s along with their caregivers. It should be noted however “Art Therapy is not only for people experiencing emotional difficulty — it can heighten creativity and enrich life.” It can help release everyday stresses and no you don’t have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy.
Did you know that EVMS offers both a Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program and a Post Master in Art Therapy Program? Read about Art therapist and EVMS graduate, Denille Francis, in the latest EVMS Magazine.
Want to learn more about the art therapy profession? Visit the links below:
EVMS Art Therapy and Counseling
A Brief Guide to the Basic Fundamentals of Art Therapy (Huffington Post)
You’re a what? Art therapist (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
FAQs (Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.)
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Ruth M. Smith, MLIS