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Career Spotlight: Art Therapy

Brief career presentation for students about Art Therapy and some of education and training needed to be an Art Therapist.

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Career Spotlight: Art Therapy

  1. 1.  Career Spotlight: Art Therapy Gretchen Miller MA, ATR-BC, ACTP Registered Board Certified Art Therapist | Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner
  2. 2. Art Therapy is… The deliberate therapeutic use of art to meet psychological needs, provided by an art therapist. An alternative means of communication that uses art media, art-making, the creative process, and client responses as a reflection of an individual and their experiences.
  3. 3. “Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, 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.” ~American Art Therapy Association |
  4. 4. Art Therapists are: Master level mental health professionals trained in the use of art and media, as well as psychological and counseling approaches. Art therapists work with a range of populations including: children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families.
  5. 5. Becoming an Art Therapist  Requires Undergraduate Studio Art and Psychology Coursework  Entry Level Education into the Profession is a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy  Post Graduate School: Art Therapists can obtain National Credentialing as a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and become Board Certified (BC)  Some States in the US have Art Therapy Licensure and Regulate the Practice at the State-Level
  6. 6. Art therapists work in mental health agencies, school districts, community programs, residential treatment programs, shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, hospices, wellness centers, in private practice, and more. Source: The American Art Therapy Association | Where Art Therapists Work:
  7. 7. My Motivation For This Career Path
  8. 8. In My Art Therapy Career… Youth Residential Treatment | Grieving Children & Families Survivors of Domestic Violence | Homelessness Children, Adolescents, & Women | Trauma & Loss Group Orientated, Trauma Informed, & Social Action Teaching, Supervision, Consultation Independent Art Therapy Contractor
  9. 9. Job Responsibilities  Understanding client needs & objectives related to treatment planning and reason for services  Planning and prepping appropriate therapeutic art interventions, media, & directives  Art supply and creative space management  Documentation, Referral Follow Up, Advocacy  Team Meetings, Reviews, and Consultations  Facilitating Art Therapy Sessions to improve physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being  Art Therapy Education and Program Development
  10. 10. Art Therapy & Trauma Intervention  Sensory based  A visual voice for unspeakable experiences  Empower emotional expression and well-being  Create & Re-establish Safety  Support & Strengthen Coping, Normalize & Manage Traumatic Stress
  11. 11. Peacemaking through Art:
  12. 12. Resources Ohio’s Buckeye Art Therapy Association Ursuline College Counseling & Art Therapy Program American Art Therapy Association Art Therapy Credentials Board © 2017 Gretchen Miller MA, ATR-BC, ACTP