Art Therapy Fundamentals

 What is Art Therapy?

Art was made to overcome chaos.
— Don Jones

Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process to improve well being. Art therapy helps resolve behavioral problems, develop social skills, reduce stress and increase self-awareness. The practice requires an understanding of art and the creative process, as well as human development and psychology. 

How is Art Therapy Used?

Art Therapist Drawing with Child

Art therapists interview clients to decide which materials will be most effective for their therapy. In visual art, different materials have unique characteristics that may elicit a particular response from a child. For example, chalk or clay are both more difficult to control, which may encourage spontaneous expression. Crayons, markers and pencils are more familiar tools that lend themselves to tighter control. 

Art Therapy at JFTN

As a part of our interdisciplinary early childhood program, JFTN offers Creative Arts Therapy to each child in the school. Children take part in specialized art therapy sessions each day. These experiences integrate children's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Art Therapy Fundamentals via Josh Kale