Clinical Research Coordinator Anthony Burns Gets Inside View of ITA Intake Process
On Wednesday, March 29th, Autism Assessment Research Treatment and Services Center (AARTS Center) employee, Anthony Burns visited Institute for Therapy through the Arts for a first-hand experience of the entailments of our intake process. Burns, a clinical research coordinator at the AARTS Center with expertise clinical psychology, received a mock intake from Practice Manager and staff clinical psychologist and art therapist, Dr. Marni Rosen.
Rosen walked through various unique components of creative arts therapies, explaining how each modality can be particularly attributed to clients on the Autism Spectrum. With Burns’s visit falling on the end cusp of March, Autism was a pertinent focus for the oncoming Autism Awareness Month. Rosen moved through intake motions of art therapy (highlighting a diverse availability of art tools that cater to clients’ different sensory needs), drama therapy (exhibiting a box full of toys that assists clients in developing anchors for their own stories), and dance/movement therapy (demonstrating how accompanied movement encourages clients to communicate independently).
Burns also had the opportunity to sit down with ITA Executive Director and Music Therapist Jenni Rook, who introduced him to the distinctions of music therapy’s intake process. Through actively listening to Rook’s lyrics, watching her fingers move on the fretboard, and assisting with strumming, Burns learned how Autistic clients connect to a growth process auditorially, visually, and kinesthetically all at once.
Burns’s visit can help prospective clients envision and understand what their intake processes may encompass, and encourage them to take their first steps towards receiving creative arts therapy. Watch snippets of Burns’s experience at ITA in the video embedded below.