In the Air Force:
Mental Health Service; Mental Health Service Apprentice; Mental Health Service Craftsman; Mental Health Service Helper; Mental Health Service Journeyman; Mental Health Service Manager; Mental Health Service Superintendent
In the Army:
Clinical Psychology; Medical Specialist Corps Officer; Nurse Corps Officer; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse
When words alone fail to help a client address difficult emotions and memories, art therapists use the creative process to help them break through. Art therapy combines psychotherapy with the visual and physical experience of creating art— to express and process personal issues. Art therapists plan and conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients' physical, mental, or emotional well-being. They design projects to support each client’s needs, such as drawing or creating a collage about an experience, or creating a clay sculpture describing a hope for his or her future. Art therapists invite their clients to reflect on their art and explore its meaning. Art therapists administer assessments, document clients’ progress, and discuss client cases with colleagues. They typically work in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, and in private practice. Self-employed art therapists usually have duties such as billing clients and promoting their business. A master’s degree in art therapy and licensure are required to enter the field. Some states specifically license art therapists, while others license counselors and therapists, who may include art therapy in their practice. Art therapists bring the tools and materials that can help individuals give voice to their inner experience… even when they lack words to describe it.
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:
Observe and document client reactions, progress, or other outcomes related to art therapy.
Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.
Conduct art therapy sessions, providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from, or cope with, cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments.
therapy and counseling
Math and Science
sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
understanding people's reactions
looking for ways to help people
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
master's degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
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