Welcome to the INDIATA website...

The Indiana Art Therapy Association, is a professional organization in Indiana for art therapists, students, and individuals who support the use of art in a therapeutic manner and the advancement of the art therapy field.

Explore the site to learn more about the practice of art therapy; specifically in the state of Indiana.

For further questions, please e-mail us at indiana.art.therapy@gmail.com.


It is important to know it is unethical for someone to practice art therapy or refer to themselves as an art therapist without obtaining a Master's Degree in Art Therapy.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

defines art therapy as "an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight".

Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Educational requirements include:
  • theories of art therapy
  • counseling and psychotherapy
  • ethics and standards of practice 
  • assessment and evaluation
  • individual, group and family techniques 
  • human and creative development 
  • multiculturalism 
  • research methods  
  • practicum experiences in a variety of clinical, community, correctional, residential and/or educational settings.

Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment.
 
To learn more about the professional credentialing of art therapists, please visit the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) website.
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