Statement for the Congressional Record in Recognition of
National Creative Arts Therapies Week

June 1-7th, 2003

June 2nd Hillary Clinton submitted the following in recognition of the creative arts therapies. A historic moment in the USA.

Mr. President, the process of using the arts therapeutically to assist
victims of illness, trauma, disability and other personal challenges,
has historically been under recognized as a valuable treatment, yet the
benefits of this treatment are far reaching. The Creative Arts
Therapies, comprised of the fields of Art Therapy, Dance/Movement
Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Poetry Therapy and Psychodrama,
are disciplines that foster creative _expression to promote health,
communication, self-awareness, emotional, social and cognitive
functioning. I rise today, to proclaim National Creative Arts Therapies
Week, June 1st-7th, 2003 as a time to recognize this unique service.

Creative Arts Therapies have been practiced in the United States for
over 50 years with people of all ages and problems. Such therapists work
in medical hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities,
day treatment centers, nursing homes, schools, homeless shelters,
correctional settings, and in private practice. Creative arts therapists
have helped people who have undergone trauma, loss, acute physical and
chronic illness, emotional disturbance, or struggle with depression,
retardation, developmental disabilities and addictions. Their
contributions during the aftermath of 9-11, assisting victims and the
bereaved through trauma treatment and the alleviation of post-traumatic
stress were invaluable.

I want to recognize and thank Creative Arts Therapists in America who
are assisting the most vulnerable in our society with valuable
therapeutic intervention. There are over 15,000 licensed clinicians who
meet high quality standards of graduate education and practice. Various
States, including New York have additional licensure requirements, which
protect patients from fraudulent practitioners and maintain the quality
of care to the highest standard. These credentialed clinicians
constitute a vital force of mental health professionals in our country.
However, many Americans are unable to access such services because
awareness about their effectiveness and employment of such therapists is
not sufficiently widespread.

The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations is
collectively celebrating the history and status of their profession.
They will be showcasing workshops, presentations and exhibits throughout
the United States to inform the public, healthcare practitioners,
insurers and legislators about the therapeutic value and significance of
this discipline.

I therefore proclaim National Creative Arts Therapies Week, June 1st –
7th, 2003 as a time to recognize the unique service provided by these
clinicians. Further, I encourage my colleagues in Congress to support
the Creative Arts Therapies fields and expand awareness about this form
of treatment. Particularly at this time of heightened sensitivity to
maintaining mental health, we should recognize the Creative Arts
Therapies as a way to help those in distress through the power of the
arts to heal.

Submitted by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 2nd, 2003

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