Individual Art Therapy sessions -At the least Art Therapy sessions can be cathartic, making marks can be hugley liberting. Engaging with materials or the process of making art can allow an individual to be in the moment, try something new and make mistakes.
Making an image can help an individual to undersatand their story. Feelings brought up by the process of making art or the images can be explored with the Art Therapist who will assist you to undersatnd your story through your images.
Individuals with Learning disabilities may over time make less 'mess' or loosen up. Those with autism may brek free of patterns by using different materials, or become less sensitive to particular stimuli.
Individuals with dementia may relate an image to a particular time in their lives. The process of making also can allow individuals to stay in the here and now.
Individuals with addictions or poor relationship histories may make connections with repeated patterns or motifs in their images.
Individuals who are experiencing trauma can access the righthand side of the brain where trauma is stored.
Group Art TherapyGroup therapy can be ueful for those who struggle to interact with others or who would benefot from the support of others in a similiar situation.
Groups can be closed- The same members attend each week and noone else joins, they run for a set amount of time. Members become familiar with the routine of the sessions. This type of group can be suitable for short term groups focussed on particular issues or long term exploratory groups.
Open- different people can attend each week. Frequently a core group is formed. This type of group is useful in some mental health settings units where clients may regularly change.
Slow open - New members can join as others leave, on the say of of other members. This type of group may be used in long stay settings or community settings.
Groups can also be homogeneous - everyone has similar issues- for example eating disorders, addiction. Or heterogenous individuals have differing issues.
Groups can be analytic, or supportive. They can also be eclectic at times drawing from differing areas and theories.
Psychoeducation - is run in groups and has both an education and therapy content. These groups can often be collaberative projects with other allied health professionals or teachers. For example an Art Therapist may work with a Speech and Language therapist or Psychologist using joint knowledge in a group focussed on understanding relationships in with learning disability services and young people. Individuals can attend all of the stages of the course or simply the ones most appropriate to them. Various incentives such as certificates can be issued at each stage.
Assessment- includes gathering information relating to an individuals history and relating to the nature of their problems. It can also involve meeting with a multi disciplinary team. The Art Therapist will ascertain whether or not art therapy may be suitable for the individual. Frequently an asessment using art materials is carried out, this can take place during one session or over a set number of weeks . The criteria for 'successful engagement' will vary among individuals and area of practice. The Art Therapist will agree particular areas to look at with the individual(where possible) or multi disciplinary team.
Reports- Give an overview of how an individual is progressing. An exit report outlines what happened in the sessions any progress made as well as recommndations or signposting to other areas.