Applications and areas of work of Art Therapy
ART THERAPY AND SOCIETY
Art therapy is used in several ways depending on the group to which it is directed. It is practiced in groups or in individual sessions, periodically or occasionally. Depending on the groups or person needs to whom it is addressed, some or other objectives are established. Treatments can be brief, conflict-focused, or long-term.
A TYPE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
Art therapy is not an alternative therapy. It is neither an occupational therapy, nor a form of artistic education. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy supported by a consistent body of research. It is a profession itself, complementary to medicine, education or social work, among others.
Art therapy is a very versatile tool. Children in schools, patients in palliative treatment with neurodegenerative diseases, are examples of the groups to which it is addressed. It is also aimed at people who have difficulty establishing a verbal relationship.