Innovative arts-based learning programs for people with dementia and other lifelong learners
The Expressive Arts
Expressive Arts Practitioners and Art Therapists
Expressive arts therapy is a term used to represent an extensive scope of practices that are based in creative and artistic work. They intend to share the richness of artistic expression with their participants in order to inculcate feelings of wellbeing and create dynamic opportunities for expression. In contrast, art therapy describes a mode of psychological diagnosis and treatment that has different intensions and outcomes. Art therapists receive qualification through rigorous diploma and degree programs from private institutions, colleges and universities. While an art therapist may also be an expressive arts practitioner, not all expressive arts practitioners are art therapists. A qualified expressive arts therapist will have extensive training in the arts and education, and will be someone with depth of knowledge, sensitivity and awareness.
I am a certified (OCT) teacher with expertise in the visual arts and special education. Further to my teaching qualification I am an MA in Adult Education and Community Development with a sub-specialty in Palliative and Support Care across the Life Course. These qualifications combined with broad experience in the arts-in-health field as an artist and arts educator enable me to use the expressive arts as an educational tool rather than as a form of therapy.
The journey of expression through art can be transformative, participants become very passionate about their work and embrace the process. Painting unlocks a new found expression that is truly remarkable to witness.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.
The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself, therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw - Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)
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