Bachelor of Science in Creative Arts Therapy
Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) is a field of psychology that relies on art and creativity to explore trauma and seek healing for a wide range of individuals. Students interested in enrolling in the Creative Arts Therapy degree program should contact Dr. Susan Ridley, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy by email at [email protected]
Art Therapy in a Nutshell
Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.
Where Do Art Therapists Work?
Art therapists work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in diverse settings including:
- Veteran’s clinics
- Private practice
- Psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities
- Community clinics
- Crisis centers
- Forensic institutions
- Senior communities
Using Art Therapy
- Improve physical and fine motor skills
- Reduces physical, emotional, and spiritual pain
- Relieves stress
- Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Increases cognitive skills and provides intellectual stimulation
- Encourages socialization and communication
- Improves memory
- Promotes self-expression and self-awareness
To be or not to be Artistically Talented
The purpose of art therapy is to express inner thoughts and feelings and to help the client to connect to self and others. It is not about creating a masterpiece. It is about the process and what the client learns in their journey with art. Art therapists do not need to be a fine artist, some therapists love to make collage, take photos, engage in fiber arts, use music, dance, drama, etc. There are a multitude of ways in which to express yourself creatively. In the undergraduate degree program in Creative Arts Therapy, students are taught what they need to know in their journey towards being an Art Therapist.