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Art Therapists

Also called: Art Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Counselor/Art Therapist, Group Therapist

What they do:
Plan or conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients' physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being.
On the job, you would:
  • Talk with clients during art or other therapy sessions to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to the artistic process.
  • Conduct art therapy sessions providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from or cope with cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments.
  • Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability

Technology

Examples of the technology used in this career will be available soon.

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
certificate after master's
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$43,180
per year, on average
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