In ten pages this paper examines art therapy in a consideration of various multicultural issues. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.
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are well educated professionals who have to take a great many certifications and courses in the areas of art, medicine and psychotherapy among others. In addition, art therapists have standards
which must be maintained by the profession and a large portion of these standards have to do with successfully accounting for the multicultural differences in clients and the community. Art
therapists must develop relationships with their clients and in order to do this properly art therapists must educate themselves on the differences in beliefs, norms, rituals and therapy expectations of
individuals who are from different cultural, ethnic, race, gender, age or social backgrounds. In addition to knowing the belief systems which may influence therapy, art therapists must also be aware
of how different belief systems have influenced clients lives outside of the clinical environment in addition to several other governing factors. Definition of Art Therapy The American Art Therapy Association
defines art therapy as "the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experienced illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal
development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities;
and enjoy life-affirming pleasures of making art" (AATA, 2002). The process and development of art therapy is based on the belief that the creative processes used in making art could
also be therapeutic and healing for the patient or client. Art therapists are certified professionals who are trained in a several areas related to medical and psychological therapy and art.
In addition to traditional training in art and psychotherapy, art therapists are also educated in clinical practice, spiritual healing, assessment, research and many multicultural and artistic traditions which may aid