When we are stressed, depressed, or angry our thoughts tend to get locked away. It's hard to express how we feel and instead we hold it all inside. Some people have a hard to time due to disabilities and feel trapped because they have no way to release their inner feelings. Although talk therapy is very helpful and can be a great way to get everything out in the open, many people, especially adolescents, have a difficult time finding the right words to say. This is why Art Therapy is generally sought out. It's an amazing alternative and allows, not only those who cannot find the words to express themselves, but all types of people.
In an article that the American Art Therapy Association released, they explain the benefits and requirements of Art Therapy. This job is not just for those who know art, but there is a lot of different disciplines that intertwine together in order to help understand those who seek therapeutic art.
As previously stated, Art Therapy requires interdisciplinary work because there's so much involved. Although there is much more that is involved, education usually includes "theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family art therapy techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and internship experiences in clinical, community, and/or other settings." With my own previous research, I have discovered things such as anthropology, social work, physical health, and much more also apply. Of course the two main disciplines include art and psychology, but there's so much more that's required in order to help someone out.
The reason I chose to read this article and share it with all of you is because I believe Art Therapy should be more widely conveyed. Not many people know this exists and it's something I believe everyone should know about. It's also fascinating to read about all of the people who can use Art Therapy and everything that an Art Therapist needs under their belt in order to be successful.
I hope that one day I will have the ability to be apart of such a wonderful field. Currently I am worker towards this degree so I can help out those who struggle at finding their voice. Art Therapy is something that really interests me and I hope this post helps enlightens all of those who read it!
If you have any further questions or comments, please share them! I'd love to hear what everyone has to say.
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