Art Therapy as an Alternative Treatment


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Art therapy is an alternative treatment method that psychologists are increasingly taking note of in their practices.

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Art Therapy as an Alternative Treatment

  1. 1. Art Therapy As An Alternative Treatment
  2. 2. Psychology Degrees Art therapy is an alternative treatment method that psychologists are increasingly taking note of in their practices.
  3. 3. Psychology Degrees The foundation of art therapy is the use of art and the creative process to facilitate healing and a sense of wellness in those seeking mental healing and treatment. This kind of therapy is used as an adjunct therapy with a broad spectrum of populations.
  4. 4. Psychology Degrees Children, adolescents, adults and elders can all benefit from the artistic self-expression principles involved in this discipline.
  5. 5. Psychology Degrees Art therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a vast array of mental disorders such as anxiety, Depression, domestic violence, trauma, addiction, grief and psychosocial problems related to medical conditions.
  6. 6. Psychology Degrees A wide variety of settings facilitate the use of art therapy including wellness centers, private practices, hospitals, shelters and schools.
  7. 7. Psychology Degrees The mediums of painting, sculpture, collage and drawing are common visual tools used in the process of art therapy.
  8. 8. Psychology Degrees Some therapists have broadened their practice of art therapy to include other artistic expressions such as dance, writing, photography, music and film.
  9. 9. Psychology Degrees These alternative forms of creativity offer opportunities for growth and transformation similar to the mixed arts that are more traditionally used in the practice of creative therapy. The Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) offers registration and board certification for therapists interested in this specialization.
  10. 10. Psychology Degrees A Registered Art Therapist (ATR), in addition to post-graduate studies, must complete supervised post-graduate clinical hours. Once an individual becomes an ATR, they may take a written examination that qualifies them to become board certified (ATR-BC).
  11. 11. Psychology Degrees Several diagnostic tools have been developed to assist art therapists in clinical and research settings. The Diagnostic Drawing Series and the Levick Emotional and Cognitive Art Therapy Assessment are examples.
  12. 12. Psychology Degrees Creative therapy strives to improve self-esteem, reduce stress, achieve personal insights and resolve conflicts. <ul><li>Therapists who use this form of therapy are commonly trained in </li></ul><ul><li>personality theory, psychology, family systems, human </li></ul><ul><li>development and art studies. </li></ul><ul><li>This extensive educational background gives therapists the tool </li></ul><ul><li>to facilitate growth and healing among patients. </li></ul>
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