WHAT IS EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY?
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.
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.
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
Promote self-growth and transformation
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.
THERAPIST CAN DO MIND-READING？
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.
QUALIFICATION OF AN EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIST？
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.
ALL OF US CAN CONDUCT EXAT？
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進行。