The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that overall employment of recreational therapists - who use alternative methods of treatment such as music or equine therapy - is projected to increase over the next several years. Schools such as Albertus Magnus College offer master's degree programs in art therapy (MAATs) that could benefit aspiring professionals in this field.
Recently, an alumna of the college was chosen as an art therapist at the Grove School, which is a therapeutic boarding program for teens with social, emotional and learning challenges, according to a press release. Elizabeth Ferguson, who received her MAAT from Albertus Magnus, served as an intern at the institution prior to being hired.
"If there is a therapy available that can help our kids, then we want to be part of it," said Richard Chorney, president and CEO of the Grove School. "We are excited to expand our comprehensive milieu approach to employ an art therapist and hope to offer other creative arts therapies, as well."
Art is used as a supplement to more traditional therapies at the school, such as recreation therapy.
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