What Art Therapy Learned from September 11th

Art theorist and perceptual psychologist Rudolph Arnheim once noted, “Art serves as a helper in times of trouble.” The events of September 11th, 2001 opened the door to understanding a lot more about how art serves as a helper in times of profound cris…

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Helping Children Cope with Hurricane Irene: Start with Family Rituals

Post-disaster, participating in a creative activity together empowers families and activates storytelling about positive events previous to time of the traumatic event. And it becomes even more effective if psychologists and counselors encourage famili…

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What is Art For?

Catch-phrases like “art heals” and “art saves” are ubiquitous in our culture and among artists. But what is art actually for and why does it exist? Primary Topic:  Creativity read more

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“Art is not about creating a masterpiece, it’s about painting together a brighter life.”

"Tree of Life," by Mieke Ryneal

Join us at Veranda Park, 1641 Veranda Park Dr. in Medford for an art show/benefit auction and reception July 22nd from 7 PM – 9 PM; wine and appetizers will be served, there will be live music and admission is free. New work by 40 youth from the CAC mentoring programs will be featured.

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Creativity in Counseling

It’s the process, not the product that counts when it comes to creativity in counseling. And it’s a growing movement, but is it really anything new? Primary Topic:  Creativity read more

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So You Want to Be an Art Therapist, Part Six: Should I Get a Doctorate?

As King Lear said, “oh, that way madness lies”…well, maybe not in every single situation, but it’s complicated. Primary Topic:  Psych Careers read more

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So You Want to be an Art Therapist, Part Five: The Tale of Two Art Therapists

So can you find your heart’s desire as an art therapist in the 21st century? Here are two of the more oft-told career narratives I have encountered during the last several years. Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? Primary To…

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So You Want to be an Art Therapist, Part Four: Can I Get an Art Therapy Job?

Seriously, can I get a job as an art therapist? It’s complicated and I’ll tell you why. Primary Topic:  Creativity read more

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So You Want to Be an Art Therapist, Part Three: The Art Therapy Credentials Maze

LPAT, ATR, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, LPCC…which letters after your name will get you your art therapist dream job? Primary Topic:  Therapy read more

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So You Want to be an Art Therapist, Part Two: Art Therapy Education

It’s all about the good, the bad, and the “challenging” about being an art therapist in the 21st century, starting with art therapy education. Primary Topic:  Therapy read more

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