The Art Therapist's Role In Art Therapy

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• The primary goal is the intentional use of the arts for psychological change as a form of therapy within a therapeutic context.
• The artwork produced is not intended as a product in itself.
• Drawing an “ugly” picture or “destroying” a picture is viewed as an important and valuable expression.
• The artwork does not have to be aesthetically pleasing or even finished to be valuable.
The Role of the Art Therapist
An art therapist’s role is to act as a facilitator, a guide and a witness, who helps a person navigate through their emotions and needs. Art, in this context, is a means to self-discovery and is the link between the person and the therapist. The art materials chosen and the way feelings are expressed are important aspects of the creative process.
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They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to other professionals.
The Role of the Art in Therapy
Artwork in art therapy provides the focus of the communication and acts as a vehicle for understanding growth and change. There is an interaction between the person and the therapist, in which they work together to understand the art process and product of the
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