If you want to combine your passion for art with your desire to help people, consider a career in art therapy. Creating art is great way to help people learn and work through difficult periods.
Art therapists work with a variety of populations, from children to the elderly, who are dealing with medical and mental health issues. Art therapists work in traditional settings like psychiatric facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and senior centers, but may also find work in non-traditional settings such as research facilities or detention centers.
Art therapy is a form of professional counseling and requires a master’s degree to get an entry-level job. Training should cover the entire creative process including mediums such as sketching, painting, sculpture, and other expressive therapies, so you can adapt to your clients’ interests and abilities.
Hofstra University’s art therapy curriculum includes lecture and discussion, application of approach and media techniques, and field experiences through practicum and internship. The curriculum should also provide you with an overview of psychological development, and a strong grounding in psychology, group therapy, art therapy assessments, psychodiagnostics and the ability to work with diverse groups.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, you’ll also need 100 hours of supervised practicum and 600 hours of supervised art therapy clinical internship. Programs like Hofstra’s MA in Creative Arts Therapy offer field experiences and internships to help with these requirements. Graduates work with individuals who have experienced mental and physical illness, trauma, addictions, changes in living, developmental disabilities, autism, and those who seek personal development. Hofstra graduates are eligible for licensure in NYS as a Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and to sit for the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE).
Attend full-time and finish in as little as two years or attend part-time and complete the program in three years.
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