Art Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of communication.
The Art Therapist’s role is to facilitate communication of children’s thoughts and feelings through the use of art.
When students are experiencing emotional difficulties they find learning very hard and their inclusion in school life is affected. Art Therapy as a form of intervention can assist with an individual’s psychological, emotional, educational, social and physical development.
Art Therapist’s can help identify new strategies for managing feelings, thoughts and behaviours at home and school. They can build resilience in the child and encourage and support the child, their parents and teachers through the process of making positive changes.
Art Therapist’s work as members of the school’s team and contribute to reviews and multi professional meetings. They also liaise with other professionals involved in any safeguarding issues and attend case conferences and review meetings.
How Does Art Therapy Help?
Art Therapy can help improve behaviour, raise achievement, encourage attendance and help pupils to take part more fully in school life.
The student who may benefit are those;
- experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties
- with social and communication difficulties
- struggling with bereavement, changes in family structure and illness
- who are refuges or are seeking asylum
- with learning difficulties or physical disabilities
- with autistic spectrum disorders
- with child protection concerns including experience of abuse or exposure to domestic violence
- with a physical disability or illness
- with social, peer, communication, speech and language difficulties
Do I need to be good at art?
People do not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy. The art therapist can help get you started, and suggest some initial activities if you’re feeling stuck.
Is the artwork analysed by the art therapist?
The student and art therapist discuss the process of making and the artwork itself. Therefore the art therapist helps the client to find their own meaning of the artwork.
How long does the art therapy process last for?
Sessions are typically on a weekly basis and last for a lesson (45mins). I can offer short or long term therapy. Some people find that a few sessions are helpful enough, where as others may require longer term therapy lasting months, and sometimes years.
Are Art Therapists qualified professionals?
Art Therapists have a post graduate qualification (usually MA/MSc level) in art therapy and their professional body is the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) www.baat.org.uk
Art Therapy is a state regulated profession and it is a legal requirement to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practise anywhere in the UK as an Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist.