Alternative Medicine: Art Therapy

Jun 11th 2011 at 10:42 PM


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Development of the American Art Therapy Association

In order to be an art therapist, a master’s level is required by those who hold a degree in art therapy, or in a related field. Furthermore, an art therapist needs to have professional credentialing, which involves the Art Therapy Credentials Board, also known as the ATCB. Following the American Art Therapy Association, also known as the AATA, it became the national credentialing body for governing art therapy.  And the ATCB Board has now recognized several mental health fields that are associated with art therapy–counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, psychology, addictions counseling, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatry.

Both organizations, the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board, are continuously being confused with their similarities and differences. Some of this has to do with the fact both that both are considered as non-profit organizations, both have independent purposes, and both are separate legal entities. Each company has their own board of directors and separate management offices, while operating according to their own articles of incorporation and bylaws. And last but not least, each company has its own respective mission as its own particular goal.

The Knowledge Pyramid

The mission of the American Art Therapy Association is to “serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.” The American Art Therapy Association is primarily responsible for developing and sustaining art therapy at large, actively involved in setting educational standards for the art therapy programs.

A powerful form of self-expression, art therapy eventually began to be a valuable therapeutic tool for those who were mentally ill or even emotionally disturbed. And over the years, art therapy began to use painting and drawing to form the basis of a working relationship between the therapist and their patient, revealing hidden or unconscious emotions and issues.


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Published by Nick Naggar



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Oct 3rd 2011 at 3:47 AM by fredds
Art as a therapy. I must confess I didn't know much about it, but, after reading your article, I now know. Looks like the there are very many alternative methods of treatment/therapy out there - maybe we've only scratched the surface, plus again our attitudes towards alternative methods of treatment are changing and people are becoming more open minded about them. I know this to be true because I am involved in an affiliate program in the health and wellness niche and customers are plenty.

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