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Art Therapist

Help to improve clients’ emotional, physical and cognitive well-being through the use of tools such as painting, drawing, sculpture and collage.

What's it like to be an Art Therapist?

Art Therapists plan and conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients’ emotional, physical and cognitive well-being.

Art Therapist

Tasks and duties

  • Establishing goals and objectives for arts therapy sessions in consultation with client or client groups.
  • Designing arts therapy sessions to meet a client’s goals or objectives.
  • Instructing individuals or groups in the use of arts media, such as paint, clay or yarn.
  • Providing guided self-expression through art to help clients recover from or cope with cognitive or emotional difficulties.
  • Acknowledging client progress and reflecting upon their reactions to the artistic process.
  • Designing individual treatment plans that incorporate arts therapy, counselling and psychotherapy techniques.
  • Writing progress reports related to individual clients or client groups.

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In order to practice in Australia, Arts Therapists must be registered with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Pathways to registration typically require a combined 6 years of education and training.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in art, art therapy, counselling, psychology, social science or a related field at university.
  2. Complete a postgraduate qualification in arts therapy. The postgraduate course must be recognised by ANZACATA.
  3. Complete 750 hours of supervised field experience on a clinical placement.
  4. Register with ANZACATA.

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Bachelor of Arts Therapy

This degree can be used as the first step towards a career as a registered Art Therapist. It will prepare you for the further study required.

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Bachelor of Arts

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Bachelor of Fine Art

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Latest Art Therapist reviews

Latest reviews from 3 Art Therapists surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
Art Therapy can be hard work, but is worth it when results speak for themselves.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Behavioural Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
Clients receive insights through creating a 3D image that can be difficult and challenging to describe in words and using art mediums can provide clarity and resolution for further insight.
The challenges
Challenges that come up are when clients "think" they cannot do art & getting past those blocks that you have to create perfect Art - when it is about the process not the outcome and the insight a cli...
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Oct 2018
You have to find creative ways of pursuing an art therapy career
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Art Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Art Therapy
The good things
Fulfilling and creative.
The challenges
Not many jobs out there.
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