Art Therapy - Hematology/Oncology/BMT :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Art Therapy

Art Therapists use the creative process and experience of making art to support the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals. Our art therapist provides individual, group, and family art therapy sessions for patients of all ages and their families.

Patients and their families do not need to be artists or have any art experience or knowledge to participate in or benefit from art therapy. Rather, art therapy focuses on embracing and exploring art’s process within a caring, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. This creative process involved in art-making can foster individual growth and self-insight, and improve an individual’s overall well-being.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy can be seen as the blending of art and psychology. The American Art Therapy Association
(AATA) defines art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Research in the field confirms that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to become more physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy and functional, resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, handle life adjustments, and achieve insight”. The fundamental belief of art therapy is that making art is therapeutic, healing, and life enriching.

Goals and Benefits of Art Therapy

Some of the goals of art therapy with patients may include:

  • Supporting ability to cope with medical challenges and hospitalization
  • Providing an outlet for, and supporting emotional self-expression
  • Reducing anxiety, pain, and stress
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Fostering positive interaction and communication between patients and their families
  • Building confidence, self-esteem, and resiliency

About Art Therapists

Art Therapists are master’s level professionals who are trained in both art and therapy. Part of art therapy coursework includes human development, art therapy theories and practice, psychopathology, and individual, group, and family therapy. Art Therapists have extensive knowledge of art methods and materials and their uses in assessment and treatment. Art Therapists offer a safe and supportive space for individuals to express themselves creatively.

To further demonstrate professional knowledge and competence in their field, Art Therapists can earn the credential, ATR, (Registered Art Therapist) by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), and in addition can then become ATR-BC certified with the successful completion of a national exam.

Our art therapist is a recent graduate of an accredited/approved program by the American Art Therapy Association and is currently working on obtaining her ATR credential. She offers individual and group art therapy sessions for patients and their families within the Hematology/Oncology/BMT department.

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Main Campus
Hematology/Oncology
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

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