ERIC Number: ED420977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Art Therapist. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this leaflet outlines the role of the art therapist. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that art therapists should have, job outlook, and how to prepare for a career as an art therapist. Art therapists are described as concerned with the treatment and rehabilitation of persons with mental, emotional, medical, or physical disabilities through helping students to understand their problems and guiding them to solutions through the creative process. An art therapist uses art, as well as traditional means of therapy, to lessen an individual's frustration, promote healthy development, and diminish the effects of a disability. The educational requirements for a professional art therapist is a master's degree in art therapy, a master's degree with an emphasis in art therapy, or 21 semester units in art therapy with a master's degree in a related field. Art therapists need to have artistic ability and be calm, sensitive, and able to work well with team members. A profile of an art therapist is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
Descriptors: Art Therapy, Disabilities, Educational Therapy, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Personality Traits, Staff Role, Teamwork, Therapists
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.cec.sped.org/ncpse.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.