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Students experience art therapy first-hand

April 27, 2017
The Town Crier

Students in the Canfield High School Art Club recently partnered with artists at Briarfield Ashley Circle, a nursing home in Austintown.

Instead of pen pals, the students have been exchanging artwork with Briarfield residents since December.

"I thought this would be a good experience for the kids. They are seeing how this is a form of art therapy and how it's working at Ashley Circle," instructor Kate Antal said.

Several of the students in the club have expressed an interest in continuing their education in the field of art therapy.

According to the American At Therapy Association, "Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem."

Art therapy requires knowledge of visual art and counseling theories.



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