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

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