A Statement of Purpose: Kytana Priebe Applicant for Fall 2016 Before I graduated from college, an art therapist saved my life. She helped me work through my diagnosis by utilizing poetry, collage, and freeform oil pastel drawings. Upon termination, art therapy had given me true healing. Today, I am thriving with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, applying to graduate school to follow my passion, and wearing my adversity as a badge of triumph. The healing power of art therapy provided me with an inside look at the difference an art therapist can make. Now I want to help individuals find their own healing through art. Additionally, I posses an insatiable interest in both art and psychology. The emerging field of art therapy synthesizes my true love of …show more content…
In college, I chose psychology courses as electives, which gave me a broad understanding of individuals’ behavior. By determining art therapy as the profession I wanted to pursue, I realized I could integrate my psychology interests with my passion for art, which ignited a passion for psychology. I then expanded my knowledge of psychological disorders and the spectrum of abnormalities within a disorder. My child development course taught me how all aspects of psychology are interrelated and inseparable. While I learned about behaviors of individuals, my appreciation of people as individuals grew. I now desperately want to provide therapy that focuses on the individual first. My counseling class provided me with basic tools, theories, a background of counseling, and the foundations of a professional identity. By following my interests and passions, I am far more knowledgeable, confident, and prepared for graduate …show more content…
The two-year program is rigorous and kept up to date, but because of my professional and academic experiences, I feel capable of handling the workload. After looking over both the readings and courses available, I am confident I will enjoy my classes and be able to utilize my knowledge and experience from internships to become a successful practitioner of art therapy. With the program’s overarching theme of “art is life,” I will be able to create meaningful work, promote positive change, and grow into the well-rounded professional art therapist that I have worked throughout my life to
Drawings and other self-generated forms of visual art produced by people suffering from mental illness sparked the interest of psychiatrists around the end of the 19th century. They were considered “outpourings of the mind in turmoil” (Rubin 6). Fascinated by these samples of artwork, psychiatrists began to study them in an attempt to better understand the creator and the illness. Art therapy is a fluid, adaptable and evolving field. Today art therapists employ a variety of methods and work in a variety of rehabilitation settings, but the focus of this paper is the use and benefits of visual art therapy in correctional settings. Unfortunately, there has been little research to measure the effectiveness of art therapy in prison. Researchers are still in the early stages of understanding what art therapy does, how it does this, and why it is effective. Through art therapy programs, prisoners are able to more fully come to know themselves and are therefore fore able to authentically participate in life and community as well as develop an ongoing motivation towards recovery.
Also, after completing the number of post-graduate training hours, you may then take the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) certification exam. The employment rate for this career is rather small, though the 10 year growth rate is expected to be average, with the exception of a few openings annually. In this field, you can expect to make a humble salary of about 41,000; this is due to the unfamiliarity of the career and the lack of demand for it to exist. But, future demand may be particularly high in the mental health
I moved to the united states of America on February 14 2002, I came here to start afresh and begin a new life of opportunity, I must admit I never knew what to really expect other than what I've seen on television as such, it was a dream come through for me. However upon my arrival I realized and experienced that it was really as expected but in order to live a good life I had to work hard to achieve it. In my family I am the first son of my father and that automatically puts a lot of responsibility on me, responsibility on me to care for my parents, siblings and even my grand parents this has been hammered repetitively in me, we are an African family and the culture is different even the norms as well,
Art therapy is well known in the therapeutic field but not very well known amongst adolescents and adults, my job is to inform people who are unaware. In many cases art therapy can be used with other psychotherapy techniques such as group therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, it is a very diverse field when it comes to its range of limits. Not everyone can creatively suspect the act of art would help their mental state of mind but art therapists were put here to prove those people wrong. Through the findings of my research I have found interesting and important reasons why one might become an active art therapist, and discovered the therapeutic process of how to diagnose and treat their patients. My curiosities also lead me to wonder when art therapy originated, which I found dated back all the way to the 1940’s by a woman named Margaret Nawmburg. By researching art therapy it taught me the real importance of an art therapist job and how their service helps ones in need.
“Art therapy is a form of therapy in making of visual images (paintings, drawings, models etc.) in the presences of a qualified art therapist contributes towards externalization of thoughts and feelings which may otherwise remain unexpressed”(Walter & Gilory, 1992).
Creativity is the basis of humanity; it is essential for survival. Involving oneself in creativity is a gateway to expressing deep inner thoughts. Art therapy is a combination of psychology and art; its purpose is to help others feel open to communicate thoughts and emotions through art. According to Psychneuro, art plays an important role in the mental and physical health of humanity. When researchers ask “what is art” the answers vary from person to person. Psychneuro, discusses how patients that are physically involved in making art or even viewing art during rehabilitation, are more likely to need less pain killers and heal quicker. Furthermore, when discussing the healing of the mind, art tends to boost cognitive skills, cope depression
Dates of publication were not used as selection criteria given the limited research available and the early inception of art therapy as an intervention (Dunn-Snow & D’Amelio, 2000). Only three of the nine studies selected for this literature review occurred within the past ten years (see Figure 1).
In the words of Sigmund Freud, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” I chose this career because I love helping people. Whether it would be physical or emotional. I choose a career that allows me to use my skills to help people who need it the most. As an art and music therapist, I will be able to do what I enjoy doing with what I want to do. This paper will explore the job description, requirements, and salary expectations, including the career path for an art and music therapist.
To be able to understand this healing process better, it is important to comprehend what art therapy is. Although the title might be misconstrued and hard to define, art therapy is used in many practices to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation. Even though the professional view in art therapy is new, the thought of using art therapy as an alternative healing method is old (Malchiodi 978). Namburg defines art therapy by claiming how it “bases its methods on releasing the unconscious by means of spontaneous art expression…”(qtd. in Ulman 40.1). In other words, although we don’t have the means to communicate well when confronted with delicate discussions, our subconscious could use art as means to show hidden emotion that could not be expressed verbally. Bethli believes art therapy contrasts from any other form of creative therapy such as dance and music; art stays visible.(Carrigan 32). Which also allows one to refer back to their previous works as a therapeutic exercise.
People from all around the world suffer from many different anxieties and troubles. They turn to things they enjoy so that they can forget reality and be somewhat happy or simply to communicate with one another. Most of the enjoyment is temporary and not sufficient, that is why they continue doing what they do. Creative Arts Therapy, also known as Expressive Arts Therapy, helps those who find themselves completely lost and have nowhere to go or anyone to go to. They can express themselves however they please. In order to better understand arts therapy one must have a knowledge of creativity, emotions and, of course, people.
This course has highlighted many attributes and challenges within psychology and its many subfields. Within the weekly research of the psychological subfields I was able to learn the impact of education and its effect on the psychological profession. Along with the applied aspect of psychology listening to the online resource psychfiles, I have uncovered information that has solidified my goal of becoming an art therapist Masters degree. My focus will always be to provide mental health assistance to veterans as that is where my satisfaction and reward will fill in for the low entry-level salary.
There are many different kind of expressive art therapy applied in mental health setting. According to Malchiodi (2005), expressive art therapy includes the use of “art/ music, dance/movement, drama, poetry/creative writing, play, and sand-tray within the context of psychotherapy, counselling, rehabilitation, or health care” (p. 2). Art therapists support clients through using different media or materials to express and reflect on their different intrinsic dynamic (Knill, Barba, & Fuchs, 1995) that could not be easily articulated by words.
Art Therapy is defined by the American Art Therapy Association, as “the therapeutic use of art, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or disabilities, and are seeking personal development.” This process uses art media, images, and performances to enhance the patient’s abilities, personality, and quality of life. Patients who use art as a therapeutic device engage in creative outlets which allow them to gain emotional healing and relief from stressful and terminal diseases or disabilities (Benefits, 1). Art Therapy is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational and forensic institutions. This treatment also has a variety of clientele, and formats, such as: individuals, couples, family, and group therapy. Creating, viewing, and talking about art, provides a way for people to cope with emotional conflicts and increase self-awareness (History, 1). The ability to create or interpret art provides the patient the proper format to express unspoken and often unconscious concerns about their misfortunes. Coupled with medical treatment, Art Therapy provides emotional support and stability for many people throughout the world. Although it is a growing field, with 34 master’s programs approved by the American Art Therapy Association in universities throughout the United States, Art Therapy departments and therapists are continuously shown a lack of appreciation and support. Other than the actual patients and their loved ones, successes shown within this form of treatment are relatively unheard of by the general public. The significance that Art Therapy has in the medical world should be known because is completely safe, without side effects and incredibly important to many people (Ar...
What is art therapy? According to the American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship (1). Art Therapy can happen in a variety of places and provide great benefits to anyone that participates, both physically and mentally. Art Therapy is also important because it can help some find who they really are as a person without the use of words.
It is important that the individual does not have to be brilliant in art to benefit from art therapy. The main focal point of art therapy is not the final end product but the creative process and the thinking that goes into it. The individual feels less exposed when engaged in art and this enables the individual to express his feelings that may remain verbally unexpressed otherwise. And this helps in the process of healing since the problem can be addressed only once the problem is identified (1). Art also gives voice to those individuals with speech impairment for example stroke patients (3). Some individuals find it difficult to use a verbal form of communication to describe feelings and find it easier to make sense of their experience by the use of art.