Art Therapy differs
from other therapies as it employs various art media; paint,
clay, collage, etc. to facilitate the child’s expression
and conceptualization of areas of their experience beyond the
reach of words alone. Since the child creates the art expressions
with the materials, the interpretation and understanding of them
is guided by the child; not imposed by the Art Therapist.
of Art Therapy develops within a triangular relationship between
therapist, child and the image produced in the session. Containment
within the therapeutic alliance enables anxiety to be held,
providing a suitable environment for the safe expression of
the abused child’s feelings through the art work.
and professional standards for Clinical Art Therapists are regulated
by the American Art Therapy Association. Registered Art Therapist
(ATR) credentials are granted by The Art Therapy Credentials
Board upon completion of a Master’s
degree in art therapy and 1,000 hours of supervised clinical
training experience. The Registered Art Therapist who successfully
completes the written examination by the Credential Board is
granted Board Certified classification (ATR-BC) and must maintain
the Certification through continuing education credits.