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WHAT IS EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY?
甚麼是表達藝術治療?

The arts have been one of the important healing resources throughout history playing a key role ingrained within health traditions cross-culturally. Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT) is combining psychology through verbal and non-verbal expressions in different modalities of arts, offering a safe and trusting space and opportunities to facilitating participants express their emotions and thoughts to achieve body, mind and spirit healing effects. EXAT is different from other art workshops in that it is carried out by registered therapist with a plan and treatment goals, with continuous evaluation and follows up on the participants. Only registered expressive art therapists can provide relevant treatment services.
自古以來,藝術是重要的治癒資源,它在不同的傳統健康文化中,一直扮演著不可或缺的角色。
表達藝術治療是種結合心理學、透過言語加非言語的心理治療介入手法,當中運用到主要5種跨藝術媒體(音樂、視覺藝術、律動和舞蹈、戲劇、寫作等,當中亦有遊戲元素)。透過轉換不同藝術媒介的創作過程,為參加者提供了安全互信及機會,抒發情緒,表達自己以達至身心健康的治療效果。表達藝術治療與其他興趣班不同,它是有計劃和治療目標進行,持續地評估治療成效和跟進參加者的情況,只有註冊的表達藝術治療師才可提供有關治療服務。

TARGET?
表達藝術治療的對象?

People of any age, including toddlers, children, adolescents, mainstream and special needs students, adults,  women, parent-child, working people, disability, patients, people with mental issues or the one with social needs, and the elderly, can benefit from EXAT.  Especially people with intellectual disability, autism, cancer, mental illness, Post-traumatic stress disorder or dementia can participate. It is also for people not only having mental or, healthy issues, but also for the ordinary people for self-discovery and self-growth.  

Since EXAT focuses more on the process than the result, the participants do not need any artistic background or artistic skills.   EXAT is suitable for anyone.

任何年齡人士,包括幼兒、兒童、青少年、成人和長者都可從表達藝術治療中得益。特別是智障、自閉症、癌症病人、情緒病患、創傷後遺症或腦退化人士都可參與其中。表達藝術治療對象不限於有精神、健康問題的人,而且可應用在普羅大眾,幫助自我認識及成長。由於表達藝術治療著重過程多於結果,因此參加者無需任何藝術背景或藝術天份。

任何人也適合使用表達藝術治療。

BENEFITS?
表達藝術治療的效益?

  • Express emotions safely with arts

  • Relieve stress and help reduce depression and anxiety

  • Promote social interaction and team building

  • Stimulate creative thinking and potential

  • Improve self-efficacy and confidence

  • Build coping skills and adapt to change

  • Life review

  • Promote self-growth and transformation

  • 安全地用藝術表達情緒

  • 舒緩壓力,減低抑鬱焦慮

  • 促進社交,團隊互助

  • 激發創意思維及潛能

  • 提升自我效能感及自信心

  • 建立應對能力及適應改變

  • 生命回顧

  • 促進自我成長及轉化

WHY EXAT?
為何選擇表達藝術治療?

Participants are not restricted by physical function, EXAT is applicable for even young children, the elderly, people with aphasia, and mobility impairments to participate in the treatment. EXAT is a natural therapy that does not use any medication, without any physical side effects. The therapist will design activities according to the different needs and abilities of the participants, applies appropriate art modalities in reality.
參加者是不受身體機能限制,就算是幼兒、老人、失語、行動不便的人士都能參與治療。表達藝術治療是一種不用任何藥物的自然療法,因此沒有生理上的副作用, 而治療師會因應參加者的不同能力和需要設計活動,運用適切的藝術媒介於實際活動中。

THERAPIST CAN DO MIND-READING?
表達藝術治療師會讀心術?

No. Though, the artwork created by oneself is genuine,  the role of an EXAT therapist is more like a accompany, discussing creation with participants through artworks, helping them understand themselves, express their feelings, and achieve the treatment goal. How the creator interprets the artworks is more important.

不會。雖然藝術透過自己身體的表達是最誠實的,但表達藝術治療師的角色比較像一個同行者,會透過藝術作品與參加者討論創作,幫助他們了解自己,抒發感受,達致目標。創作者如何解讀自己作品才是重要。

QUALIFICATION OF AN EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIST?

表達藝術治療師的資格

Expressive arts therapists have professional knowledge in multi-arts and psychology with applications, they need to be registered and certified by relevant professional institutions, with a master's degree from a recognised academic institution and participated in more than 750 practicum hours, from which to establish the experiences of treating different targets and symptoms. 

表達藝術治療師除了有豐富的多元藝術知識、技巧及熟悉心理學理論與運用之外,需要註冊並獲取相關專業機構認證,更需要擁有認可學術機構的碩士學位和參與超過七百五十小時的實習,處理不同對象及症狀。

ALL OF US CAN CONDUCT EXAT?
人人都可帶領達藝術治療?

Cannot. General art creation is different from the EXAT. The purpose of the former is to share the joy of making. There is no treatment goals nor relationship building with a therapist. Therefore, by definition, an artistic creation cannot be regarded as EXAT. EXAT is performed by a registered and qualified expressive arts therapist.

不能。因爲一般藝術創作跟表達藝術治療是不同的。 前者的目的都是為了分享或交流藝術創作帶來的喜悅,當中沒有訂立和實行治療目標, 也沒有與治療師建立關係, 所以定義上不可以視一般藝術創作爲表達藝術治療。表達藝術治療是要由註冊合資格的治療師帶領進行。