"Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight." - American Art Therapy Association
The Kardon Center for Arts Therapy at Settlement Music School is a hub for arts therapy treatment in the city of Philadelphia. According to Mark Bottos, the Program Director of Arts Therapy, each therapy program is tailored especially to the individual. But all sessions have one thing in common: music is used as a mode for attaining peace, working through problems, and finding one's center.
Bottos describes the purpose of the process as using music "as a tool to address therapy needs, like attention span or social goals." The whole idea is simply inspirational, attesting to music's intense power to change people, to change the world at large. Music's therapeutic tendencies are demonstrated at their finest with incredible people like Mark Bottos at the front lines of the efforts. Bottos does it all at the Kardon Center. He is both the Program Director and a certified Arts Therapist himself--truly and humbly dedicated to the people he helps.
Music can make miracles happen.