What is Art Therapy?

Image of a woman holding up her painting and smiling at it. The painting depicts a heart and grass, and reads, "hope, healing, humanity."

According to the American Art Therapy Association: 

“Art therapy uses active art-making, the creative process, and applied psychological theory—within a psychotherapeutic relationship—to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities.” https://arttherapy.org/ 

Benefits of Art Therapy include: 

  • Improves self-esteem and boosts self-confidence
  • Attain a better understanding of personal goals and values
  • Helps people heal from trauma/PTSD
  • Developing interpersonal relationship skills
  • Helps find resolution to the issues or concerns that lead to seeking therapy
  • Learn new ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and anger
  • Improve communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Problem-solving skills

Art Therapy Education

  • Art Therapists must go through extensive training in art therapy application technique classes and mental health curriculum
  • A 60 credit Masters level art therapy graduate training program is required to become an art therapist
  • Over 1000 hours of art therapy client contact and 150 hours of supervision must be obtained to become registered as an art therapist
  • Board Certification is obtained by passing the national art therapy board certification exam. Registration and board certification is regulated by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.  http://www.atcb.org/

For more information on the education, application, and credentials of art therapy, please visit our Links and Resources page.



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