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What is Art Therapy?

  • Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories, and techniques.

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  • Matthew Eveleigh ’21

    “I see social justice as active efforts to work towards less of a gap between the concern for profit and concern for people, no matter who they are or where they come from.”

  • Candy Heishman ’20

    “Art has healed me, and I have seen it heal others who came in contact with it. I believe art is something that everyone needs to help them heal.”

  • Kati Hengel ’21

    “I hope to use my social justice education to address the realities of oppression, social inequities, and privilege in an ethical and thoughtful way. I will advocate for those in need of services who may have a difficult time acquiring them.”

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