Lesson 1: What is Art Therapy?


What is Art Therapy?

This lesson will explore what is art, why humans make art, and the importance of creativity in healing and wellness throughout history. Art Therapy, as it exists on a spectrum which spans Art Psychotherapy and Art as Therapy, emerges from its beginnings in the innate power of creativity and psychological practices. A definition of Art Therapy as a clinical practice begins to take shape, as we explore what the modality is and is not.


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