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Unread March 20th, 2005, 02:36 PM
hmazloomian hmazloomian is offline
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Default Re: art therapy and career development

I am not sure this is a resource but I can give you my 2 cents. Art therapy is still in its pioneering stage in spite of its relatively long history. Most people who are in the position to provide funding for it do not truly understand the power it has to help in the healing of their clients. They see it as a good diversion at best and only if the financial situation is rosy. Art therapists, in my view, have to do everything and more just to be accepted and understood. Many from amongst our ranks are leaving because it is hard to make a living (read my opinion bellow regarding “the future of art therapy”). I think we need to help one another and work together (please read “Art therapist s working together” bellow). At the moment career development is limited to you own resourcefulness and belief in the profession. I have been over the last six years to develop two art therapy programs and to do several workshops in places that had no idea what art therapy was. However, I dare say, if I had put the same painstaking work in getting licensed, board certified and sent my material out in read estate I would now will be very financially comfortable. But I seem not to be able to leave the profession. If took me a very long time to find something that brought all my interests together and Art therapy is a profession that I can do well and passionately believe in. You have to answer a lot of these questions yourself but these are some of the challenges. Ultimately you have to start by the belief that art therapy is a great way to help people and it is the natural way you can involve yourself in the process of healing. Then you go about educating others and attempt to make a decent living.
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