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  • 1. Art Therapy "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas
  • 2. Art Therapy is:
    • “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.”
  • 3. Benefits of Art Therapy
    • Self-Healing
    • Personal Fulfillment
    • Empowerment
    • Relaxation and Stress Relief
    • Symptom Relief
  • 4. Who Can Benefit?
    • Eating Disorders
    • Cancer
    • Disabilities
    • Chronic Illness
    • Family/Relationship Problems
    • Abuse and Domestic Violence
    • Sexual Abuse (in Children and Teens)
    • Depression and Other Mental Disorders
    • Substance Abuse and Addictions
    • Trauma and Loss
  • 5. PA Schools Offering Art Therapy Programs:
    • Drexel University
    • Marywood University
    • Seton Hall University
  • 6. Art Therapy with Grieving Teens
    • Growing Through Loss Program
    • 88% of incarcerated adolescent girls showed reduced levels of depression; 87.5 percent of adolescent boys showed reduction
    • Teens create memorial wreath
      • Loss is permanent and real part of client’s life
    • Memory Book
      • Provide opportunities for artistic, creative expression of pain
  • 7. Bibliography
    • American art therapy association. (n.d.). Retrieved from
    • Elinor Ulman. “Art therapy: Problems of definition.” American Journal of Art Therapy 40.1 (2001): 16- 26. ProQuest Education Journals, ProQuest. Web. 28 Apr. 2010.
    • Hanser, S.B., & Thompson, L.W. (1994). Effects of a music therapy strategy on depressed older adults. Journal of Gerontology: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 49(6), 265-269.
    • Kim, J., T. Wigram, and C. Gold. "The Effects of Improvisational Music Therapy on Joint Attention Behaviors in Autistic Children: A Randomized Controlled Study."  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 38.9 (2008): 1758- 1766. ProQuest Education Journals, ProQuest. Web. 27 Apr. 2010.
  • 8. Bibliography
    • Music quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved from
    • Music therapy makes a difference. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www. musictherapy .org/
    • Paulette Walker, and Michelle Shaffer. "Reducing Depression among Adolescents Dealing with Grief and Loss: A Program Evaluation Report. "  Health & Social Work   32.1 (2007): 67-68. ProQuest Education Journals, ProQuest. Web.  28 Apr. 2010.
    • Quotes about art. (n.d.). Retrieved from
    • Walworth, D., D. Register, and J. Engel. "Using the SCERTS Model Assessment Tool to Identify Music Therapy Goals for Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder."  Journal of Music Therapy 46.3 (2009): 204-216. ProQuest Education Journals, ProQuest. Web. 27 Apr. 2010.