This is the fourth installment in a series of five stories about recent Herron graduates whose creative practices include research, teaching, and clinical approaches.
The transformational power of the arts has long been recognized by artists, but in clinical settings, art-making is relatively new. Creative expression as a healing tool can restore emotional equilibrium, enhance mental wellbeing, relieve stress, and promote personal growth.
Since 2012, Herron's art therapy graduate program has trained students to use psychotherapeutic principles and art-oriented approaches to help people of all ages not only overcome trauma but also manage behaviors and addictions.
Our last two stories focus on their thesis research and various ways in which they will help people heal as art therapists and mental health counselors.