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.