Promoting Arts Therapy

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ARTS THERAPISTS ARE MASTER-LEVEL, PROFESSIONALLY LICENSED CLINICIANS WHO ARE TRAINED IN BOTH ART AND THERAPY. THEY ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES, CLINICAL PRACTICE, AND THE HEALING POWER OF ARTS.

What is Art Therapy?

The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.”

It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self expression helps to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self awareness.

With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, one can create and reflect on the art process and the results can help increase awareness of self and help cope with symptoms of stress and traumatic experiences.

Who is an Art Therapist?

Art therapists are master-level professional clinicians that are trained in both art and therapy. They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, and the healing potential of art.

 

There are various requirements for becoming an art therapist, as well as certifications, which means they are experts when it comes to using art expression to pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are expressed through the creative process. This provides the opportunity to address issues or express feelings in ways that transcend spoken or written language.

     Why Art Therapy for Children?

The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.”

It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self expression helps to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self awareness.

With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, one can create and reflect on the art process and the results can help increase awareness of self and help cope with symptoms of stress and traumatic experiences.

In addition to being an emotional outlet for children, art therapy can actually help them develop and better understand their own feelings. Being angry or hurt is not always easy to describe in words, but a child can put these emotions into a drawing or other art expression. Children may not have the language skills to express themselves, but they still have a voice.

ELM Foundation does NOT employ arts therapists to provide treatment but instead works alongside established licensed practicing professionals and educational training institutions. We use our efforts to promote and educate on what arts therapy is and how it helps children. We will also have programs in place to connect our focus group of children to reputable arts therapists that are aware of how best to lead treatment for changes in family structure.

When the arts therapist finds it beneficial, the ELM Foundation Family will participate in sessions enhancing the experience with additional art specialties.  The arts therapist isn’t expected to perfect all mediums of the arts, but may on occasion find it beneficial to supplement or expand sessions.  This will be an added benefit the ELM Foundation Family can provide to the process, which include a wide artistic range of expertise than can in-turn expand the possibilities of expression of the child. 

ELM Foundation

The mission of the ELM Foundation is to promote the healing power of the arts. By advocating arts therapy and education our goal is to cultivate a lifelong love of self expression through a creative process.

Our focus is to help guide children who have experienced any form of parental loss or family structure adjustment through a therapeutic process. Then continuing to provide opportunities for further development of self awareness and expression through arts education.  

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