I would argue for the employment of a trained art therapist. Although the act of art making itself can be therapeutic in itself and can be promoted by anyone; the processing and the implementation of a psychodynamically based treatment plan requires much more knowledge and experience than is commonly assumed by the lay person. Think of art therapists as psychologists who use art as the primary way to communicate with their clients. If you are unable to do so there may be another way. many art therapy students need a place to do their practicum and therefore offer their services free of charge. there is a catch there must be a licensed professional in your schools who is willing to be their on site supervisor.I have myself been able to set up a art therapy program from scratch and work as a consultant to set up new programs in the IL state. hope this helps regards Hoda
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