When prescribed, art therapy can provide residents with a deeper understanding of themselves. Children learn to process their experiences through artistic self-expression, and older youth can use art to gain valuable insight into their experiences and emotions. Rather than ignoring their pasts, residents can explore them in a non-confrontational way, and at their own pace.
Topics uncovered during art therapy are vital to treatment, as they provide richness for discussion in other areas. An art therapist can coordinate with other staff members, including unit managers and teachers, to better address issues that arise through a child’s art.