Art Therapy Wellness Solution
What is ART THERAPY?
According to the American Art Therapy Association (AAA), art therapy is the therapeutic use, in a professional relationship with people, of creating art for those who have suffered from illness, trauma, or other challenges that have led to varying degrees of dysfunction. People who are looking for personal growth through art creation and reflection on the process of creating art can benefit from art therapy. Art therapy can help you develop a greater awareness of yourself. Art therapy helps you to recognize and manage your own self through art creation. Art making enriches the learning process and makes it more enjoyable. It also enhances cognitive abilities and defines life-affirming pleasures like making art.
The American Art Therapy Association supports established standards in art therapy education, ethics, and practice. Members and experts from the field make up volunteer committees that work at the state and national levels to address clinical issues, professional development, and governmental affairs. Its annual national conference, publications and its online learning capability are all examples Wrinkle Arts of the Association’s commitment to continuing education. The Association also awards national awards that recognize excellence in art therapy.
HOW IS ART THERAPY DRAFTED
While visual expression has been used throughout history for healing purposes, art therapy was not established until the 1940s. Psychiatrists began to be more interested in the artwork created by patients suffering from mental illness in the early 20th century. Teachers were also discovering that children’s artwork reflected their cognitive, emotional and developmental growth. Many contemporary artists used primitive and child-like styles to express psychological dispositions and perspectives (Dubuffet and Picasso, Miro, Braque, etc.).
Hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers began to offer art therapy programs in the middle of the century. This was because they recognized that creating art could enhance recovery, health, or wellness. Art therapy has become an important and effective method of communicating, assessing, and treating children and adults in many settings. Art therapy is now a prominent profession in the United States, as well as within psychiatry and psychology, counseling, education and the arts.
WHAT DO ART THERAPISTS DO?
According to the American Art Therapy Association (AAA), art therapists are professionals at master’s level who have a degree in either art therapy or a related field. The requirements for education include theories and methods of counseling and art therapy; ethics and standards; assessment and evaluation; individual and group techniques; creativity and human development; multicultural issues; research methods and practical experience in clinical, community, or other settings. Art therapists can use a variety art media (drawings, painting, sculpture and other media) to assess and treat patients.