This major is a program that prepares individuals, in consultation with other rehabilitation team members or in private practice, to use drawing and other art media forms to assess, treat, and rehabilitate individuals with mental, emotional, developmental, or physical disorders.
Includes instruction in art, history and theory of art therapy, art therapeutic techniques, psychopathology, patient assessment and diagnosis, cultural diversity issues, legal and ethical practice issues, and professional standards and regulations.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Art Therapy/Therapist Major (use the College Search feature and enter "art therapy" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Art Therapy/Therapist Major?
As an Art Therapist, you may work in any number of settings including (but not exclusive to) outpatient health agencies, day treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, and community and non-profit organizations. You will need at least a master’s degree for full Art Therapist licensing. A bachelor’s degree will land you a supporting role in this field.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Art Therapy/Therapist Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
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