Expressive/Creative Arts Therapies

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Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process of artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy. Art therapy programs and art therapists are found in a variety of settings, including hospitals and clinics, social service and community agencies, wellness centers, educational institutions, veterans’ health facilities, and private practices. Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, and families to assess and treat the following:
• Anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional conditions
• Substance abuse and other addictions
• Family and relationship issues
• Abuse and domestic violence
• Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
• Trauma and loss
• Physical, cognitive, and neurological conditions
• Psychosocial difficulties related to chronic illnesses
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Emerging as a distinct profession in the 1940s, dance/movement therapy, a creative arts therapy, is rooted in the expressive nature of dance itself. Dance is the most fundamental of the arts, involving a direct expression and experience of oneself through the body. It is a basic form of authentic communication, and as such it is an especially effective medium for therapy. Based in the belief that the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected, dance/movement therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as “The psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual.”
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No unread posts Music Therapist Feed - Music Therapist
Music therapists use music within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages, improving quality of life for persons who are well and meeting the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, qualified music therapists develop a treatment plan with goals and objectives and then provide the indicated treatment. Music therapists structure the use of both instrumental and vocal music strategies to facilitate changes that are non-musical in nature. They may improvise or compose music with clients, accompany and conduct group music experiences, provide instrument instruction, direct music and movement interventions, or structure music listening opportunities. Music therapists provide services for children and adults with psychiatric disorders, developmental disabilities, speech and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, and neurological impairments, among others. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, improve physical functioning, alleviate pain, enhance memory and cognitive functioning, improve communication, and provide unique opportunities for interaction. Depending upon the needs of the clients involved, music therapy sessions are offered on an individual or group basis. Music therapists are usually members of an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals who work collaboratively to address clients treatment needs.
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