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Joy’s House partners with Herron School of Art and Design for art therapy program

Juliet King (lower right) with Herron art therapy interns

Juliet King (lower right) with Herron art therapy interns

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Joy’s House, an Indianapolis not-for-profit adult day service, is among nine community organizations to start an inaugural art therapy internship program in Indiana.

Art therapy is described as the therapeutic use of creating art in which people can increase awareness of self and others, enhance cognitive abilities and enjoy the pleasures of making art. There are many theories about how art therapy can play a major role in communicating with others when words may not be available.

Juliet King, director of the Art Therapy Program at Herron School of Art and Design, states, “These partnerships starting in January 2013 demonstrate the breadth of value placed on art therapy as a healing tool. The importance of learning in a clinical setting can’t be overstated for how art therapy is taught at Herron…Together we are making history in this state.“

Joy’s House is excited to see what possibilities and relationships Herron students and teachers will develop with the Guests (clients) of Joy’s House, many of whom are living with challenges related to basic aging as well as various diagnoses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Down’s syndrome, autism, and other diagnoses. For more information on the internship program, please visit http://bit.ly/V1kq5S.

Joy’s House is located at 2028 E. Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis. Joy’s House is committed to supporting families by providing exceptional adult day services by sharing an embracing, safe and accepting environment while providing family caregivers peace of mind, education and ongoing understanding and encouragement. Visit joyshouse.org for further information about Joy’s House services.

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