Finding the Perfect Art Therapy Essay TopicWhen preparing an art therapy essay, a good idea is to look for a theme that is common to the discipline. Themes can be local, regional, or national. Here are some of the most common themes that I have encountered in the literature on the subject.
One common theme for art therapy is nature, the power of the natural world. Most articles use this theme to explain the power of art therapy. One reason that this theme is so commonly used is that it sounds positive and therapeutic. Nature is always a positive force. So it makes sense to focus on that.
Another theme that a humanistic arts therapist would use to support his or her arguments is: helping the 'disability community.' In this theme, the therapist's vision and ability to work with people with disabilities is central. When this is the case, the therapist will often give examples of people who have been helped by his or her work.
This is a very broad topic and a good idea is to look for examples of it in the other sections of the essay. For example, a therapist might discuss in the first paragraph the difficulties he or she has encountered as a disabled person and how the work helped them. Or, he or she might relate his or her work experiences to the disability community as a whole. That way, the essay will make some sense as a whole.
In the last paragraph of an art therapy essay, the therapist might briefly go over the theme in the introduction. He or she might note that while the patient is going through therapy, he or she will also be experiencing changes in his or her body. These changes could include a shift in the senses or self-awareness.
When writing about the effects of art therapy on a patient, it is often best to take into account the effects on the therapist as well. A therapist who practices mostly in silence or in a relaxed environment will probably experience the same kinds of changes. It is his or her experience, rather than something the patient does.
Generally, the more specific the theme is, the easier it will be to relate to the reader. If the subject is a challenge that involves something mental, a therapist will be able to express that more clearly than if the topic were physical. You will need to come up with a general theme to work with.
To make sure the topic is interesting and works well for the essay, you might want to have a writer friend critique it. A writer friend is likely to pick up on key aspects that you miss, such as symbolism or the theme being too broad. While they will never say 'this topic is dumb,' they will point out that the theme you use is not one that applies to your life. So don't worry if you don't think the theme you chose is right for your case.