Art Therapist


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.

Working Conditions

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.

Personal Requirements

  • 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.

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