Draw on Your Talents; Careers in Art Therapy

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Draw on Your Talents; Careers in Art Therapy


What does a career as an art therapist involve? Art therapists work closely with other healthcare professionals, using art as a way of helping people to express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

As an art therapist, you would not teach art and your clients would not need any artistic skills. Instead, you would encourage them to experiment with art techniques and materials such as paint, paper and clay.

This would be with the aim of helping clients to gain greater awareness of their feelings; express themselves; work through their emotions; come to terms with difficult times; move on in a positive way.

You could hold group or one-to-one sessions with clients, who may include children or adults with learning disabilities, emotional or behavioural If you have a flair for art and an interest in helping people, a career as an art therapist may appeal.Emma Thompsondrew a picture to find out more problems, speech and language difficulties, and those recovering from addiction, injury or illness.

What personal skills are needed? Experience of working in the arts, plus creativity, intuition and imagination is required.

A non-judgemental attitude, a strong interest or background in psychology and the ability to handle sensitive and difficult issues, plus strong communication skills are essential.

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