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how long does it take to become a Art therapist?

Im interested in the mental health and the arts i have been really thinking about becoming art therapist but i don't know how long it will take and degree?

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Julián’s Answer

Usually, this Degree should take you no longer 3 years. But you must know that before studying Art Therapy, the college or university that you're applaying to will ask you for a Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as psychology, counseling, art, art education, and often they will ask you to show them a portfolio with your art projects to understand that you had a designated number of hours in studio art, showing a proficiency in things like drawing, painting and sculpture.
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Gina Vincenza’s Answer

One way I work as an art therapist is through volunteering at Orlando Health in their “Arts in medicine” program. They use art therapy as a form of pain management for cancer patients. In this program you can work as a guest artist for the day, you can register as a volunteer to work weekly or you can eventually become a paid artist in residence. I volunteer as a designer and seamstress working with patients to help them get free wigs and bra’s through their insurance companies and work with them on altering clothing to fit prosthetics.
This nonprofit hospital chain has branches all over the USA. Art therapy has been proven to reduce pain, stress and anxiety. If you can’t find a program near you look into starting one!

Gina Vincenza recommends the following next steps:

Contact your local hospital to see what art therapy programs they offer their patients
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Lacy’s Answer

Hello! To practice art therapy, you must have a master's degree in Art Therapy, which takes 2-3 years to complete. A bachelor's degree in psychology and art (major/minor or double major) will help you get into an Art Therapy grad school program. You will do internships while you are in grad school in addition to your classes, and upon graduation, you will work toward getting your ATR-BC and licensure (which differs depending on your state). You can look more on AATA's website about becoming an art therapist: https://arttherapy.org/becoming-art-therapist/

Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any more questions!
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