CC is not Art TherapyCollaborative Unit
From BAAT, ‘art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients’ needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable’.
After the BAAT established, art therapy started to progress toward professionalism. Art therapy is one of the psychotherapy and it combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques, so art therapists ‘are trained in both therapy and art, and have studied and mastered both psychology and human development, having received a Master’s Degree‘. Thus, I think art therapy doesn’t exist in the CC but with no doubt, the volunteers can benefit from the creating process.
Living in urban, we are always surrounding by crowd, noise, traffic, pollution, work, etc, which cause stress, negative emotion, or mental illness. From studies, compared to people living more rurally, people living in city has have higher rates of psychosis, anxiety disorders, and depression. Then, city dweler will look for different way to relieve stress. Pablo Picasso said that ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’. Painters can gain pleasure from the representation of unconscious fantasy gaining relief of his repressed instincts. Through the creative expression, it reaches the unconscious, and the volunteers will be free of repressed and unconscious anxieties, impulses and inner conflicts. Additionally, when volunteers creating art with a blessing for the recipients, they can not only benefit from the creating process but also feel satisfaction for helping people. To some extent, I think no matter whether ‘art therapy’ is professional, for most volunteers without severe mental illness, so long as they can relieve their stress, adjust negative emotion, and increase the sense of well-being, what they are experiencing are ‘art therapy’. (they are helping themselves healing and adjusting.)