What is Art Therapy? 

Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflict and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight (source: American Art Therapy Association). No special art skill is needed to participate.

 

Art therapy at St. John’s can be beneficial in many ways:

  • Practice and maintain motor skills
  • Promote engagement through sensory experience
  • Practice and maintain motor skills
  • Promote engagement through sensory experience
  • Practice and maintain motor skills
  • Promote engagement through sensory experience
  • Stimulate reminiscence and expression of memories
  • Enhance dignity and purpose
  • Connect with others socially
  • Safely process experiences and emotions with a trusted
    mental health professional-in-training

Participants at St. John’s Community Care who choose to receive art therapy services may participate in either individual or group art therapy sessions. Services are provided at no additional cost to participants. The SIUE graduate student providing art therapy services is able to serve a limited number of individuals from September through April of each year. If you are interested in art therapy services, please fill out the consent forms and return to the main office at St. John’s Community Care.

Click here to print ART THERAPY CONSENT FORM