Art therapists treat individuals, couples, families, and groups using therapeutic art tasks. The art therapist works with children and adults, including who are emotionally disturbed, physically disabled, elderly, developmentally delayed, drug dependent, or prisoners.
Art_therapy uses art and the creative process to facilitate communication, expression of emotions, physical and cognitive skills, self-awareness, and personal growth. It is based on the belief that the creative process of artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
The art therapist may be the primary therapist or may act as an adjunctive within the treatment team, depending on the treatment objectives and needs of the institution.
Art Therapists can be found providing services in state and private hospitals, schools, community centers, correctional facilities, hospice centers or in private practice. This is a field that overlaps with psychology, social work, art education and fine art and it can be a good fit for creative people with an interest in direct social service. Art Therapy is a growing and developing field. A master’s degree is usually required.