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CiiAT: Explore Art Therapy
Art Therapy is...
The Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) describes Art Therapy as combining the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
There are certain qualifications required of Art Therapists. In Canada and the United States, Art Therapists must have at minimum a master’s degree or a master’s level diploma in Art Therapy before identifying themselves within the profession. This graduate level education includes supervised clinical practicum hours (minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours and at least 350 of these hours should involve direct client contact), thus ensuring the safety of the client as well as professional liability for agencies and employers offering this form of therapy.
Art Therapy is effective for people of any age. An Art Therapist works with individuals, couples, families or groups in settings such as counselling agencies, schools, treatment centres, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, correctional institutes and elder care locations.
CiiAT’s Clinical Art Therapy Diploma is approved by CATA and PTIB registered.