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Formy week 3 presentation, I discussed three professional experts in thefield of psychology. They include art therapist, counselors and dancetherapist. The experts are affiliated to the American Art TherapyAssociation (ACA), American Counseling Association (ACA), andAmerican Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) respectively.

Arttherapist

Academicand career experience

  • Trained in both art and mental health

  • Alternatively, they should have mental health training and passion, skills or talent in art

  • Should have taken a number of classes in their preferred form of art during their schooling years.

  • A bachelor’s degree in counseling or psychology.

  • To take the Art Therapy Credentials Board licensing examination, candidates must have a master’s degree in art therapy

  • Completion of an approved undergraduate program as well as submission of portfolios are necessary for admission into the art therapy master’s degree program

  • 1000 hours of direct field work with clients required for Art therapy certification.

Jobdescriptions

Arttherapy uses art as a way through as a tool for therapeuticexpression. Art therapists work with their clients through thedifferent forms of art they create. The use of visual media goes agreat way in helping clients who have difficulties in expressingtheir feelings and emotions verbally. Settings in which arttherapists work include

  • Social services

  • National health service and private healthcare

  • Palliative care

  • Hospices

  • Head injury and stroke units

  • Special and mainstream education

Majorduties

  • Attending to referred patients who include self referred clients as well as others referred by other professionals

  • Finding out the needs of a client by listening to them and giving the necessary guidance

  • Maintaining art therapy materials and space

  • Working in close association with other professions by making referrals and presenting cases on the importance of art therapy

  • Ensuring personal professional development by taking part in lectures, workshops and seminars.

  • Providing the necessary therapeutic setting andcreatively working with different clients in this setting

  • Ensuring that clients connect with their artwork and the process through which the art is produced

  • Assessing and taking in the emotions and feelings of their clients

  • Coming up with a schedule of activities for their clients

  • Being part of case conferences and meetings where professional ideas and knowledge can be shared.

  • Creatively challenging the attitudes and behavior of clients

Dancetherapist

Academicsand skills

  • An ADTA approved master’s degree.

  • An undergraduate degree with knowledge in liberal arts as well as extensive dance experience and training.

  • Doctorial or master’s degree in related fields such as psychology, social work, counseling, family therapy, physical therapy, medicine and dance education. Those with this qualifications can successfully apply for the dance therapy training program

  • Professionals must be an effective speaker and listener, able to listen and attend to the client’s needs

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills required to help profession solve complex problems

  • Must have knowledge in therapy and counseling, which is important in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients.

  • A 2 years experience in one or more forms of dance movement

  • Ability to use and improvise dance as a form of therapy

  • At least one year experience in helping individuals overcome emotional and behavioral problems

  • Good physical fitness and ability to write reports

Jobdescription

Thisprofession involves using dance as way through which the mental andphysical well-being of clients can be improved It is an expressivetherapy and focuses on establishing the connection between the bodyand the mind. Dance therapists help their clients improve their selfesteem, self awareness as well as physical fitness. The therapy isbased on the idea that a person’s thinking and feeling patterns arereflected in their body movement patterns. Dance therapists work withclients with learning or physical disabilities and those withbehavioral or emotional problems. Clients with mental health problemssuch as anxiety, depression and those with addiction problems mayneed the assistance of a dance therapist. The settings in which dancetherapists work include

  • Social services

  • National health service and private healthcare

  • Palliative care

  • Hospices

  • Head injury and stroke units

  • Special and mainstream education

  • Drug and alcohol addiction services

Majorduties

  • Plan, coordinate and direct recreational programs that are medically approved for patients in health care facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals

  • Observing the client’s body movements and accessing their needs.

  • Pursue further research in the field of dance therapy

  • Teaching dance therapy in institutions of learning

  • Act as a consultant for self-referred patients and those referred by other professionals

  • Provisions of clinical supervision to less experienced experts in a hospital or nursing home setting.

  • Keeping up to date with latest theories, research and practice in the field of dance therapy

Counselor

Academicand skills

  • Academic requirements vary with state and country

  • A master’s degree in psychology, counseling or social work approved by ACA

  • Doctorial or master’s degree in related fields such as psychology, social work, counseling, family therapy, physical therapy, medicine and dance education. Those with this qualifications can successfully apply for the dance therapy training program

  • Professionals must be an effective speaker and listener, able to listen and attend to the client’s needs

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills required to help profession solve complex problems

  • Must have knowledge in therapy and counseling, which is important in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of clients.

Jobdescription

Counselorshelp clients to gain control of their behavior and emotions.Counseling involves treating clients with diverse behavioral, socialand emotional needs. There are different types of counselors such ascareer counselors, educational counselors, marriage and familycounselors as well as mental health counselors. These groups make itpossible for the diverse counseling needs of different groups ofpeople to be met. In general counseling involves providingtherapeutic treatment tom clients with diverse psychological, mentaland physical needs. Counselors help clients come to terms with theemotional, social and behavioral realities. Counseling as aprofession is diverse in terms of specialty, meaning that counselorscan work in a number of settings

  • Special and mainstream education as professors or researchers

  • Drug and alcohol addiction services

  • Hospitals and mental health institutions

  • Government agencies

  • Private businesses

  • Independent practice

Majorduties

  • Accessing and monitoring the social, behavioral and emotional needs of clients

  • Working in close association with other professions by making referrals and presenting cases on the importance of art therapy

  • Ensuring personal professional development by taking part in lectures, workshops and seminars.

  • Providing the necessary therapeutic setting andcreatively working with different clients in this setting

  • Teaching counseling in institutions of learning

  • Act as a consultant for self-referred patients and those referred by other professionals

  • Provisions of clinical supervision to less experienced experts in a hospital or nursing home setting.

  • Keeping up to date with latest theories, research and practice in counselling