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Plan or conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients' physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Utility knives
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  • Shears
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  • Glue guns
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  • Tablet computers
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  • Scanners
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Internet browser software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Calendar and scheduling software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of treatments or therapy approaches.
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  • Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for art therapy.
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  • Assess client needs or disorders, using drawing, painting, sculpting, or other artistic processes.
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  • Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.
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  • Conduct art therapy sessions providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from or cope with cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments.
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  • Confer with other professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
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  • Customize art therapy programs for specific client populations, such as those in schools, nursing homes, wellness centers, prisons, shelters, or hospitals.
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  • Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.
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  • Develop individualized treatment plans that incorporate studio art therapy, counseling, or psychotherapy techniques.
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  • Establish goals or objectives for art therapy sessions in consultation with clients or site administrators.
  •  Skills
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
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  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $55,302.00 $26.60  $16.24  $18.22 - $35.11 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $51,129.00 $24.58  $16.83  $19.03 - $28.89 
    Danbury $48,783.00 $23.46  $18.65  $19.71 - $24.74 
    Hartford $57,140.00 $27.48  $15.81  $17.60 - $36.81 
    New Haven $64,127.00 $30.83  $22.40  $23.79 - $38.23 
    New London/Norwich $61,578.00 $29.61  $16.84  $18.48 - $37.05 
    Torrington $36,455.00 $17.53  $14.43  $15.19 - $19.11 
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