Art Therapy at Jefferson: A Note from the Coordinator
Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson University, Community and Trauma Counseling: Art of Art Therapy Show.
The Community and Trauma Counseling program and Art Therapy concentration at Jefferson is pleased to host our annual online art show. We’re proud to be sharing our creativity via Jefferson's website.
The Art Therapy concentration at Jefferson is aptly centered in the CACREP-accredited Community and Trauma Counseling Program. We train trauma-responsive clinicians in counseling and art therapy in our master's program and also in a post-master's certificate program! At Jefferson, students merge an understanding of ethical practice in art therapy, studio techniques, art assessments, the neurobiology of trauma and advanced interventions to emerge as trauma-trained clinicians who are shifting the balance on what it means to be trauma prepared in our field.
If you would like to learn more about our program, I am happy to meet with you personally to discuss it and see if it may be the right fit for you. We hope you enjoy this show — a modest amount of the creativity we have flowing through our program.
Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
Assistant Professor, Community & Trauma Counseling Program
Coordinator, Art Therapy Concentration
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This art show celebrates the creative efforts of Jefferson Community and Trauma Counseling, Art Therapy concentration students, alumni and faculty. The artwork here was inspired by personal growth and clinical learning. Through art-making, art therapists deepen their appreciation and understanding of the human experience. The following contains imagery that may be evocative.
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What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a mental health profession, in which masters-level trained clinicians employ visual art materials to help clients. Art therapists tap into client’s inherent creativity as a way of helping them to process trauma, identify goals, increase self-awareness, gain coping skills, minimize symptoms, improve self-esteem, develop communication strategies and better their quality of life.
Art therapists treat a broad spectrum of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, seniors, as well as couples, families and groups. Clients in art therapy come from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, and are dealing with a variety of psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and physical challenges. There is no need for prior experience or skill in art to engage in and benefit from art therapy. All people have the capacity for creativity, and it is one of our greatest tools in understanding ourselves and shaping the lives that we want to live. Art therapists can help clients harness their creative potential in the service of themselves.
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Interested in Studying Art Therapy?
Students at Jefferson study the most current theory and research in art therapy through a social equity framework. Our instructors are active in the field and bring diverse clinical experiences to the classroom. Our masters and post-masters professional certificate programs prepare graduates for national art therapy credentials through the ATCB. Jefferson’s art therapy concentration is embedded into the exceptionally unique Community and Trauma Counseling program, which prepares students for state licensure and national counseling certification. Learn more by visiting our program pages.
The Jefferson Center of Immersive Arts for Health
A design, research and academic initiative dedicated to studying the impact of dynamic and interactive art + design on healing.