About Art Therapy
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy is an evidence-based and multi-sensory practice that uses the creative process to help people resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage difficult behaviors, cope with symptoms related to trauma, reduce stress and anxiety, improve body image and self esteem, and achieve insight.
Art therapy is for all ages: children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Art therapy is used with groups, families or individually.
Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Educational requirements include: theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and practicum experiences in clinical, community, and/or other settings. Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment. In the State of Maryland, the art therapy profession is (as of October, 2012) regulated and afforded title protection by licensure, which also grants art therapists diagnostic and assessment privileges. Please see our Legislative Action page for more information.
Approximately 200 Art Therapists work in Maryland in settings ranging from the National Institute of Health to the public school system. The Maryland Art Therapy Association was founded to support the profession and ensure the highest quality of care. In Maryland, Art Therapists are currently providing services to clients at:
Katherine Thomas School
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Good Samaritan Hospital of Baltimore
Hearts and Homes for Youth
National Institute of Health
Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System
Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents
Rita Project, Inc.
Riverside Treatment Services
Sheppard Pratt Health System
Washington Adventists Hospital
YMCA of Central Maryland
In Washington, DC:
Children’s National Medical Center
Georgetown Hospital/Lombardi Center
IONA Senior Services
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Walter Reed Army Medical Clinic
Whitman Walker Clinic