Faith Middleton Show: Art Therapists Help Heal The Sick And Wounded
teaching art as a technique for healing
Art therapy is used to help sick children and adults, the dieing, prisoners, PTSD sufferers and survivors of trauma, among others.
I once shadowed an art therapist as she made her rounds through the children's wing at Yale New Haven Hospital. I learned that children who said little about their fear and complex thoughts, had access to their feelings through the therapist's technique - using her guitar to coax the kids to make up songs about themselves.
Art therapists help heal the sick and wounded - but how is it taught?
To lay the ground work for that we thought we'd take a look at how art therapists are trained.
One department at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven offers a graduate degree in Art Therapy.
Abbe Miller directs that program.