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Pittsburgh Association for the Arts in Education and Therapy (PAAET)
Pittsburgh Arts in Education & Therapy (PAET) has been fostering the inclusion of creativity and the arts in mental health counseling, educational settings, community venues and wellness experiences in the Pittsburgh region since 1973. Art, Dance/Movement, Music, Drama, Play and Poetry therapies are highlighted. Our members include trained creative arts therapists, counselors, social workers, nurses and psychologists along with educators, teaching/resident artists and students.
If you would like more information about our organization, please visit our Facebook page at Pittsburgh Arts in Education and Therapy
or connect with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Use the Creative Arts in Therapy?
Art, dance/movement, drama, music, play, poetry and other forms of creative activity provide alternative outlets for self-expression. Through painting or drawing, improvising a drama, moving in dance, singing or playing an instrument, dynamic avenues for increasing self-awareness, gaining insight, fostering self-esteem, learning new emotional skills and integrating the physical, cognitive and psychological parts of ourselves are provided.
Where do creative arts therapists work in the Pittsburgh region?
Creative Arts Therapy professionals work in local psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, assisted living centers, residential treatment centers, shelters, substance abuse programs, alternative schools and many other types of human service agencies along with private practice. Additional opportunities for teaching artists and community artists occur in schools and through community arts events. Finally, medical centers and wellness centers promote use of the arts for mindfulness and healing. We design expressive experiences that draw on our strengths as artists at the same time we engage others in the process of expressing themselves through the arts. Our focus is on the emotional, social, physical and cognitive needs of our clients.
Can other professionals use approaches from the creative arts therapies?
Art/ dance-movement/ drama/ music/ poetry therapists are professionals who have completed approved programs and whose training allows for a certification option. The state of Pennsylvania also provides an option for individuals with graduate level training in one of the Creative Arts Therapies to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Clinical and evidence-based interventions are utilized to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship as well as providing wellness programs outside of therapy settings. While advanced training is required, professionals such as Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Counselors, Teachers and Special Educators, Recreational and Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists and Teaching Artists can all use some of the simpler creative approaches developed within the expressive therapies to enhance their work. Introductory training and awareness of the ethical considerations when using creative approaches are essential.
PAET activities are open to anyone interested in learning more about creative arts approaches and their ethical use in therapeutic settings.