Art Therapists create a safe, comfortable space for patients to come together and create art. While Art Therapy requires knowledge and experience with different artistic media, patients largely do not need the help of an Art Therapist to make art. Rather, Art Therapists create a comfortable space, facilitate creativity, and encourage patients who might otherwise be disinterested. Art Therapists work as a part of patient-centered interdisciplinary teams along with physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other mental health care professionals giving input on diagnoses and how to proceed towards recovery.
The Art Therapist provides individualized assessments and treatment programs of Art Therapy. These specialized treatment services are goal-oriented and directed toward rehabilitation and modification of specific physical, emotional, mental, or social behaviors. Based upon their clinical experiences with patients, they provide input to the patients’ recovery care plans. They effectively support personal and relational treatment goals.