What are the Arts Therapies?

The arts therapies are 4 distinct professional bodies comprising the follwing Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama therapy and Dance Movement Therapy.

The aim of the arts therapies is to offer therapeutic intervention to those with developmental, psychological and emotional difficulties, in a way that uses arts processes as a principal form of communication.

In developing a safe relationship, therapists use specialist skills to create a space where clients may be able to gain emotional awareness and insight to effect change on a personal level.

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What are the Arts Therapies?

The arts therapies are 4 distinct professional bodies comprising the follwing Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama therapy and Dance Movement Therapy.

The aim of the arts therapies is to offer therapeutic intervention to those with developmental, psychological and emotional difficulties, in a way that uses arts processes as a principal form of communication.

In developing a safe relationship, therapists use specialist skills to create a space where clients may be able to gain emotional awareness and insight to effect change on a personal level.

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Professional Bodies:

British Association of Art Therapists
Association of Professional Music Therapists
British Association of Dramatherapists
Association for Dance Movement Therapy
Arts Therapies Practice Development Network

International links:

American Association of Art Therapists
Canadian Art Therapy Association
American Music Therapy Association
Nordoff Robbins UK
Australian & New Zealand Art Therapy Association
Art Therapy in France

Other links:

Scotland’s Health on the Web
Department of Health (England)
Health Professions Council
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Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research
Insider Art
Voices (a world forum for music therapy)
Music Therapy World (online journal)

ARTS THERAPISTS AS RESEARCHERS

Arts Therapists often work alone with relatively few clients. This makes any ‘statistically relevant’ research more or less impossible. It’s very easy from this position to think "What’s the point? What can I do alone?" (even assuming the necessary research skills). So how do we begin to address the ‘evidence base’ question?


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