Creative Arts Therapies & Internship Program

Creative art therapies, such as art therapy and music therapy, can help people of all ages and abilities make sense of their experience in the hospital and express their thoughts and feelings in an alternative or non-threatening way.

Children who are hospitalized may experience fear, anxiety, and a perceived loss of control. Creative arts therapies allow your child to express himself or herself and can help make the hospital environment more manageable. A session with a licensed and board-certified art or music therapist offers your child the opportunity to make choices and gain control in an environment where he or she doesn't always have those options.

At NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, creative arts therapists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. Art and music clinicians will work with your child and family to alleviate anxiety and depression, decrease stress, improve coping, manage pain, and help patients and families process psychosocial and emotional difficulties related to mental illness, medical illness, trauma, and loss.

Art therapy and music therapy are both available to your child and your family by referral.

Creative Arts Therapy Referrals

To receive a referral for art or music therapy, please speak with your unit assistant, nurse, social worker, physician, or child life specialist, or contact us directly at Priority is given to patients with life-threatening illnesses or critical health status, patients who lack expressive communication skills, or patients who lack social support during hospitalization.