CU Art Therapy Gallery
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. At Caldwell, art therapy is practiced within the counseling model.
The mission of the CU Art Therapy Gallery is to highlight the importance of the artist identity for art therapists. The gallery provides a platform for students, alumni, and affiliates of the university to share their voice and illustrate the power of art in communicating about mental health, self care, and social justice.
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The art therapy counseling programs seek to prepare competent entry-level Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, attending to the sustainment of the program guided by the CACREP and CAAHEP standards. Students participate in an active, inclusive learning environment where they foster meaning through the process of self-reflection, become scholar-practitioners, and generate new knowledge and methods. Students mature and develop competencies leading them through the transition from graduate student to a professional prepared to offer healing opportunities to members of society