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Art Therapists - 29-1125.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan or conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients' physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Art Psychotherapist
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Therapist/Licensed Professional Counselor (Art Therapist/LPC)
  • Bereavement Program Coordinator
  • Children's Program Coordinator
  • Counselor/Art Therapist
  • Day Treatment Clinician/Art Therapist
  • Group Therapist
  • Registered & Board Certified Art Therapist

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of treatments or therapy approaches.
  • Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for art therapy.
  • Assess client needs or disorders, using drawing, painting, sculpting, or other artistic processes.
  • Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.
  • Conduct art therapy sessions, providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from, or cope with, cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments.
  • Conduct information sharing sessions, such as in-service workshops for other professionals, potential client groups, or the general community.
  • Confer with other professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
  • Coordinate art showcases to display artwork produced by clients.
  • Coordinate field trips for client groups to museums or other public displays of art.
  • Customize art therapy programs for specific client populations, such as those in schools, nursing homes, wellness centers, prisons, shelters, or hospitals.
  • Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.
  • Develop individualized treatment plans that incorporate studio art therapy, counseling, or psychotherapy techniques.
  • Establish goals or objectives for art therapy sessions in consultation with clients or site administrators.
  • Gather client information from sources such as case documentation, client observation, or interviews of client or family members.
  • Instruct individuals or groups in the use of art media, such as paint, clay, or yarn.
  • Interpret the artistic creations of clients to assess their functioning, needs, or progress.
  • Observe and document client reactions, progress, or other outcomes related to art therapy.
  • Photograph or videotape client artwork for inclusion in client records or for promotional purposes.
  • Recommend or purchase needed art supplies or equipment.
  • Review research or literature in art therapy, psychology, or related disciplines.
  • Select or prepare artistic media or related equipment or devices to accomplish therapy session objectives.
  • Supervise staff, volunteers, practicum students, or interns.
  • Talk with clients during art or other therapy sessions to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to the artistic process.
  • Teach art therapy techniques or processes to artists, interns, volunteers, or others.
  • Write treatment plans, case summaries, or progress or other reports related to individual clients or client groups.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
  • Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Establish treatment goals.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Select medical equipment for addressing patient needs.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Treat patients using psychological therapies.

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