Art Therapist: Anyone is one, with one or know one – careers advice
As per title really. My wife is an Art Teacher, bit demoralised by it all and Art Therapy intrigues her so just wondered if anyone on STW knows a friendly one that perhaps she could chat too? Based in Chelmsford, Essex.
In addition you will win me £1 and a packet of minstrels because she takes the mick when I say I’ve posted on here asking questions so I bet her I’d be able to help! Willing to share the minstrels….Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I have a friend who has a degree in it and years of volunteering experience doing it but has found it extremely difficult to get paid work, particularly at the moment with the NHS cuts. She very much enjoys it but the openings are few and far between and there is a lot of competition for them, and few positions are fulltime.Posted 4 years agoKing-ocelotMember
I have done a bit of private art tutoring on the side for years and someone I lived by was in charge of a young offenders prison. We got chatting and I did a few sessions teaching art in prisons as a form of therapy, I was shocked by some of the work that came out both in terms of quality and subject matter. On the whole it was rewarding and far better than teaching secondary which was just an exercise in paper work and shouting.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
teaching art in prisons as a form of therapy, I was shocked by some of the work that came out both in terms of quality and subject matter.
I used to do a bit of that, had a few inmates get places at art school on release. Depends on the prison a bit, I was at what was termed a ‘Local Prison’ which was either people on short/light sentences or people at the end of the sentence being transferred closer to home prior to release. So it was a pretty transient group and there wasn’t a lot of depth to it as a result as other than in rare instances you might only have someone in your class for 3 or 4 weeks. I’ve known people do similar work in prisons for long term / life inmates and theres definitely more substance to that. A lot of paintings of wolves lurking in dark woods.
On an art therepy tip I was going to reccomend going to see Souzou at the Wellcome Collection….. but it finished today. Theres good online stuff about it thoughPosted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
I work with an art therapist and know a couple of others elsewhere in the service.
Good advice/observations above re distribution of jobs and full time/part time. (ours is 1.5 days a week as there just isn’t enough work to justify employing her any more. Suits her though as she is a new-ish mum with full time professional husband.)
Other issues will be the extraordinary cost of training (it is a masters-level qualification and apart from the rather specialist tuition, you need loads of supervision in practice by already-experienced art therapists.) …and that last point means unless you live in a sprawling metropolis, you are potentially looking at a lot of travel for your ‘practice’ time (ie at work) and wherever you find a vacancy when you are qualified…
great job though imho.Posted 4 years agooxym0r0nSubscriber
I have a friend who is an art therapist – covers most of Hampshire I think! Lots of driving for him now and part of a multi-disciplinary team but he is now the only art therapist.
As said above ~ I think he finds it rewarding but cutbacks etc. make jobs esp hard to come by and he is now a bit of a loner!Posted 4 years ago
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