ROS Reg Number: 1751-11-PPG
Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) is the intentional use of the various art forms and its inherent creative processes for healing, learning and personal growth. It is through the use of our imaginative and creative expressions that feelings, sensations, thoughts and actions become available for exploration and provide accompanying insights and understanding, which then acts as a catalyst for new learning, change and transformation.
Creative Arts Therapy utilises a variety of creative and aesthetic processes from the visual arts, dramatic and performing arts, music, dance/movement, as well as story making, puppetry, creative writing etc. This is further informed and supported by the integration of techniques from action orientated and humanistic counseling and psychotherapy e.g. gestalt, psychodrama, psychosynthesis, family therapy, narrative therapy, etc. Practitioners may include and offer role-play, small world play, sand tray, paints, drawing, play dough, music, movement, and puppets etc. in their interventions with individuals, couples, families and groups.
Creative processes are helpful in accessing emotions and experiences in a more multi-sensory way than through verbal communication alone thus may clarify issues from a different perspective as well as providing creative representation that can communicate the core subtleties of an experience that words cannot adequately express.
Creative Arts Therapy is appropriate for anyone who is interested in deeper self-awareness and personal growth, without any previous arts experience as a pre-requisite. It is helpful for any age group and for a wide range of situations, including mental health, learning difficulties, intellectual disability, emotional and behavioural issues in children and adolescence, chronic illness, dementia, social and family relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, anger and depression, addictions, acute and post traumatic stress disorders as an example of some of the areas where it has been found to be useful. It is also beneficial for those who wish to access their intuitive, creative selves as well as those in the helping profession requiring professional development, supervision or self-care.
• Community and NGOs Centres
• General Hospitals
• Outpatient Clinics and Day Hospitals
• Psychiatric Units/Hospitals
• Children Homes
• Halfway Houses and Hostels
• Elderly and Nursing Care Homes,
• Schools and educational institutions
• Hospices and Palliative Care
• Adult Treatment Centres
• Prisons and correctional facilities
• Community intervention programmes
• Outreach programmes
• Rehabilitative facilities
• Human Resource Departments
• Occupational Health Departments
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