Creative Arts Therapists

Creative arts therapists treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities. They use the creative processes of music, art, dance/movement, drama, psychodrama, and poetry in their therapy sessions to determine the underlying causes of problems and to help patients achieve therapeutic goals. Creative arts therapists usually specialize in one particular type of therapeutic activity. The specific objectives of the therapeutic activities vary according to the needs of the patient and the setting of the therapy program.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Art Therapists, Dance Movement Therapists, Drama Therapists, Music Therapists, Poetry Therapists
Duties Create program to promote positive change and growth in a patient using art, creative writing, acting, or movement
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Music
  • Psychology
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Helpful
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Volunteer work; art experience
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Creative Arts Therapist Administrator
  • Creative Arts Therapist
  • Part-time Creative Arts Therapist
  • Volunteer

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