Settlement is the leading provider of arts therapy in the Philadelphia area through the Kardon Center for Arts Therapy. The Kardon Center provides a welcoming environment for clients and their families. As with clients, parents and caregivers form lasting bonds, experiencing the benefits of being active members of a supportive and dynamic community. Creative Arts Therapy is a form of non-verbal psychotherapy using the senses to open new channels of communication between participants and their therapists, their families, and their communities.

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Creative arts therapists use the arts in order to achieve non-arts-related goals. Our therapists, each credentialed through recognized professional associations, hold either bachelor’s or master’s degrees in their disciplines and have been trained in counseling, psychology and human behavior studies. The Kardon Center’s programs do not require any previous training. Sessions are tailored to the natural strengths and abilities of each individual. Goals for Creative Arts Therapy are tailored to each participant, and may include improvement in: Social Skills – awareness of others; ability to work with others in a group setting; social interaction Psychological Factors – emotional stability; selfesteem; body image; reduced anxiety levels Cognitive Improvements – task planning and orientation; impulse control; attention span Language Skills – expressive and receptive skills Physical Skills – gross and fine motor skills; coordination; dexterity; visual tracking ability.

Programs in arts therapy are available at all of Settlement’s community branches. For specific offerings, contact the branch nearest you, or contact Mark Bottos, Zausmer Program Director of the Kardon Center for Arts Therapy, at 215.320.2625 or by email.