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 counsellingprovide assessments to identify the source of problems and determine appropriate treatmentprovide follow-up services to groups and individuals for support and evaluation purposesbuild relationships with clients to support them in understanding their emotions and behavioursassess individuals and groups in order to identify their abilities and needsdevelop activities that may use painting, sculpting, printing and/or drawing to address a patient's needs and concerns in a safe, nurturing environmentmaintain appropriate records of patient progressprovide consultation and information about patient progressassess, 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.