Many physicians support the use of recreational and creative therapies to complete the healing process. Therapists in these disciplines plan and carry out treatment programs for people with physical, mental, or social disabilities, or for individuals recovering from substance, sexual, and physical abuse. Therapists use art, music, recreation, and dance to help patients relieve stress, express themselves, and build self-confidence. Another area is horticultural therapy, which involves the care of plants in the therapeutic process. Motivational and creative programs are used to encourage behavior change, improve coordination, increase social skills, and improve the quality of life.
Employment of art therapists is expected to grow as fast as the average through the year 2014.
An art therapist must earn a master’s degree after earning a bachelor’s degree in associated areas. Master’s degrees will require 700 hours of supervised clinical experience as well as didactic learning.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut.
American Art Therapy Association
1202 Allanson Road
Mundelein, IL 60060