Art therapists could be licensed under proposed bill

Art therapists could be licensed under proposed bill


FROM CONCORD. ADAM: THERE’S NO QUESTION GREAT ART CAN BE INSPIRATIONAL. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MASTER ON CANVAS TO GLEAN THE BENEFITS OF TAPPING YOUR INNER CREATIVITY. THOSE WHO PRACTICE ART THERAPY SAY ITS HEALING EFFECTS ARE VERY REAL, AND THE GREATEST SKEPTICS OFTEN MAKE THE BIGGEST BREAKTHROUGHS.>>PEOPLE SAY ‘I’M NOT ARTISTIC, I’M NOT ABLE TO DRAW’ AND OFTEN THAT’S ACTUALLY A LITTLE BIT BETTER BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THAT TRAINED ASPECT, AND THEY’RE ABLE TO USE MORE OF THEIR OWN CREATIVE JUICES AND THOSE TEND TO BE THE CASES WHERE PEOPLE HAVE MORE OF AN EPIPHANY. ADAM: CHILD AND FAMILY THERAPIST SUSAN REIDL TESTIFIED BEFORE A SENATE COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOULD BE LICENSING ART THERAPISTS, A MOVE SHE SAYS WOULD GIVE THE GROWING FIELD MORE LEGITIMACY. STATE SENATOR DAVID WATTERS FILED THE BILL ON BEHALF OF AN ART THERAPIST IN DOVER SEN. WATTERS: IF YOU’RE ADVERTISING YOURSELF AS AN ART THERAPIST YOU THEN SHOULD HAVE THOSE CREDENTIALS, YOU’LL HAVE UNDERTAKEN THAT GRADUATE PROGRAM WORK. ADAM: WHILE SOME MIGHT DISMISS THE CONCEPT OF ART THERAPY, THE PROFESSION IS SERIOUS ABOUT MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS.>>WE HEARD TODAY THAT IT’S IN THE AMOUNT OF FOUR OR MORE YEARS OF FORMAL TRAINING IT KIND OF EXCEEDS MEDICAL SCHOOL. ADAM: PART OF THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE PROMISED TO CUT BACK ON RED TAPE AND REGULATIONS THIS YEAR. BUT AMID A STATE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, SENATORS SAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO OPEN UP PATHWAYS TO HELP, AND THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS WORK WITHOUT CREATING A NEW OVERSIGHT BOARD. >>WE’RE GOING TO STRIKE A BALANCE. WE’RE GOING TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ART THERAPY, HOW DOES IT FIT IN TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING BOARD THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO RECREATE THE WHEEL WHEN WE ALREADY HAVE A PROCESS IN PLACE.

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