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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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So You Want to be an Art Therapist, Part One: Art Therapy as a Career Path

So how cool would it be to get a degree in art therapy and become an art therapist? That’s a complicated question; this series will give you the best information on how to make that decision. Primary Topic:  …

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Military PostSecrets

If you follow the artworld or popular culture, PostSecret needs no introduction. Originator Frank Warren started out with little more than a blogspot, but it turned into a platform built on one great idea– asking people to anonymously mail a secret ne…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1: The Art Therapist’s Third Hand

Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1 is not a technique or method, but the essence of what makes art therapists different from other professionals who use art in counseling, therapy and medicine. It’s called the “third hand” and it’s really art therapy’s v…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #2: Active Imagination

Call it active imagination, free association, image dialogue, or even a rant. It’s about helping the image to speak your truths, whether through words, visualization, or another art form-and it’s one of the major centerpieces in the practice of art the…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #3: It’s All About the Metaphor

Draw a person in the rain. Make a picture of a bird’s nest. Use clay to create an image of yourself as an animal. Or just paint whatever you’d like. Now talk about it with your therapist. It’s all about the metaphor. Primary Topic:  …

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #4: Visual Journaling

The Cool Art Therapy Interventions Countdown is back; coming in at #4 is a popular technique most often known as “visual journaling.” Visual journals have been used for centuries as records of ideas and imagination, creative autobiographical expres…

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Using Photography to Create Positive Exposure

Most of us feel that we aren’t photogenic. But what if you have a genetic condition or physical trait that really makes a difference in how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you? Maybe it sounds counterintuitive, but photography actually …

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Using Photography to Create Positive Exposure

Most of us feel that we aren’t photogenic. But what if you have a genetic condition or physical trait that really makes a difference in how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you? Maybe it sounds counterintuitive, but photography actually …

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #5: Show Me How You Feel Today

Art therapists have a longstanding tradition of prescribing image-making to prompt expression of feelings, often by asking people to draw, paint, or sculpt “how you feel.” It’s one of the fundamental approaches in the field that distinguishes art thera…

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