By RACHEL WEBSTER
Published , April 10, 2006, 06:00:01 AM EDT
This drawing, entitled “Tears of Blood,” was made in a project sponsored by the Artreach Foundation, an organization that uses expressive art therapy to help children in war-torn countries like Bosnia and Kosovo. (Special – Artreach Foundation)
Editor’s Note: This is the first story in a series of three stories on different creative arts therapies that students are studying at the University.
Stressed-out students who have their pricey psychiatrists on speed dial may benefit from a different type of therapy — creativity.
Creative arts therapies, including art, drama and music therapy, can offer artful relief for many disabilities and illnesses.
As these therapies become more mainstream ideas, more students are choosing to study them in hopes of someday singing, drawing and acting clients to better health.
The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations Web site, http://www.nccata.org/index.htm, defines creative arts therapy as using creative processes “to foster health, communication, and expression.”
Music therapy is the only creative arts therapy major offered at the University, but that has not stopped some students from working toward degrees in other areas of therapy study.
Erika Vinson, a junior from Augusta, is one inventive student who created her own honors interdisciplinary study in art and psychology — the two foundations of art therapy.