Active Minds, a national non-profit mental health resource for students, works with students on more than 350 campuses across the country to create an open environment in which students can discuss mental health issues and connect to resources they need. Art therapists can assist Active Minds Chapters in developing awareness events and educational presentations on campuses and serve as a resource for students.
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Toolkits for Careers in Art Therapy developed in collaboration with leading employer groups to assist them to develop effective art therapy programs that produce results in growing career tracks.
The Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Art Therapy Association launch “Resident Art Activities Best Practices Toolkit”
Art can be a powerful activity for older adults. For many seniors art is a lifelong passion, for others, art is a hobby that they never had the time to pursue. No matter the situation, having an art program in your community can contribute substantially to the overall quality of life of your residents.
The Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Art Therapy Association have developed a new resource to assist senior living providers in implementing an engaging art program. This toolkit is a valuable member benefit that will aid communities looking to improve their activity program.
This resource also provides background information on the benefits of art therapy, and how it can help older adults work through their psychological issues to maximize both their psychological and physical health. Additionally, case studies of senior living communities that have successfully integrated art into their community’s activities have been included to provide successful ideas and programs to inspire your own art program.
Whether you are looking to start an art program in your community or want to take your community’s program to the next level, this toolkit offers ideas and advice to help.
Download the Art in Senior Living: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults toolkit
to learn more about how art can improve the quality of life of seniors, the benefits of art therapy, and how to effectively implement an engaging art program at your community.
ALFA is now accepting submissions for the 2013 ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition honoring the artistic talents of senior living residents. Through this year’s theme, Celebrating The Beauty of Life, residents of senior living communities are asked to submit digital photos of original artwork highlighting the many ways seniors add beauty to our world. The deadline for submissions is March 4.
Art Therapy & Autism Spectrum Disorder: Integrating Creative Interventions
: New Resources for its Chapters, Caregivers, and People on the Autism Spectrum
The Autism Society of America
joined with the American Art Therapy Association to develop this toolkit which provides information and resources for healthcare professionals individuals on the Autism Spectrum, their families, and caregivers; practical guidance to assist in building or expanding an effective art therapy program; and, addresses some of the many opportunities for successful application and engagement of art therapy in ASD.
Art Therapy’s Notable Impact On Eating Disorders And Healthy Eating: Art Therapy’s Notable Impact on Eating Disorders and Healthy Eating
Art therapy offers a unique treatment option for individuals struggling with eating disorders. This toolkit provides information and program options for art therapists working with this population.
Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Patients
Art Therapy Supporting Patient Care in Medical Settings: Toolkit.
Art therapy provides therapeutic, healing benefits for patients in hospitals and other medical settings. To view the Association’s newest Toolkit and study model programs and read how art is being used to aid healing, please click here.
Implement A Successful Art Therapy Program With Youth Affected By Traumatic Events & Health Challenges: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program for Youth Affected by Traumatic Events and Health Challenges to initiate and enhance an art therapy program for young people that helps them build resilience, improve self-esteem and competence, and develop coping skills. Explore the many positive outcomes of an effective art therapy program.
Gain Important Education Outcomes: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program within K-12 Schools
: K-12 Schools & Art Therapy - Gain Important Education Outcomes: Implement a Successful Art Therapy Program within K-12 Schools links art therapists, who provide professional and instructional services to students, with more than 13,000 public school systems nationwide in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators.
Art Therapy: Enhancing The Lives Of Older Adults
: Older Adults & Art Therapy - Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults provides links for senior living facilities, families, and community agencies to employ an art therapists for programs providing a safe, supportive, creative experience to help ease life transitions for older adults.
Launching and Managing Your Art Therapy Practice
. This Toolkit assists practicing art therapists, new professionals, and students structure their practice effectively. The step by step guide and connection to resources is intended to be a convenient way for members to begin and continue to build a successful private practice career in art therapy. New information and practice management resources will be added to this on-line resource going forward. Members only access.