Career outlook for art therapist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help people use art and creative activities as a way to express themselves and come to terms with upsetting experiences and problems.
You'd guide people as they do creative activities which will help them become more self-aware and understand their emotions.
You'd also help them to just enjoy the process of making a piece of art which is significant to them.
You'd work with a person on a one-to-one basis or with groups of people. Your clients could include children or adults who:
- Have learning disabilities
- Have emotional, behaviour or mental health problems
- Have speech and language difficulties
- Are recovering from addiction, injury or illness
With your patient and non-judgemental approach you'd encourage clients to experiment with art techniques and materials like paint, paper and clay to help them:
- Get greater awareness of their feelings
- Express themselves
- Work through their emotions
- Come to terms with difficult times in their lives
- Move on in a positive way
You would work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychiatrists.
If you work for the National Health Service (NHS) the salary for this role is covered by the Agenda for Change pay rates. You can see information about the pay and conditions on the Art therapist page on the NHS Careers website.
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