Art therapists work with a client or a group of clients to help them address emotional and psychological issues through creative activities such as drawing, painting, sculpting and collage.
Duties & Tasks
Art therapists may perform the following tasks:
- conduct therapeutic interviews and provide psychotherapy and counselling
- provide assessments to identify the source of problems and determine appropriate treatment
- provide follow-up services to groups and individuals for support and evaluation purposes
- build relationships with clients to support them in understanding their emotions and behaviours
- assess individuals and groups in order to identify their abilities and needs
- develop activities that may use painting, sculpting, printing and/or drawing to address a patient's needs and concerns in a safe, nurturing environment
- maintain appropriate records of patient progress
- provide consultation and information about patient progress
- assess, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of artistic and therapeutic interactions.
Art therapists work in any area where people require assistance with achieving a better quality of mental health. This includes psychiatric wards, prisons, rehabilitation centres, and drug and alcohol units.
- interested in people and human behaviour
- good problem-solving skills
- an inquisitive mind
- able to maintain confidentiality
- patient and perceptive
- good oral and written communication skills.