Arts Therapy

The Power of
Creative Expression

At Settlement, Creative Arts Therapy uses the senses to open new channels of communication and create improvements in cognition, social and physical skills, self-esteem, and more.

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Music, dance, and creative expression have the power to heal

Creative Arts Therapy is a form of non-verbal psychotherapy using the senses to open new channels of communication between participants and their therapists, families, and communities. Creative Arts Therapy uses the arts in order to achieve therapeutic goals.

Our expert therapists connect deeply with clients of all ages, tailoring their approach to each individual’s specific needs and goals for themselves and their families. There is no previous training required to participate.

Goals for Creative Arts Therapy are tailored to each participant, and benefits may include improvement in social skills, psychological factors, cognition, language, and physical skills.

The Kardon Center at Settlement Music School offers music, art, and dance/movement therapy services to individuals with diverse needs at Settlement branches and at other locations in our community. Program oversight is based out of our Kardon-Northeast Branch.

To start the enrollment process, please click on the Intake Form link below. For more information on specific offerings, please contact the branch nearest you, or contact:

Teresa Thompson, MAAT, LPC, ATR, CBIS 

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To start the enrollment process, please fill out the intake form below. Once this form is received, you will be contacted by Kardon Center’s director, Teresa Thompson, to schedule an initial screening with you and/or your loved one.

Intake Form
A Legacy of Healing

Integral to Settlement’s history, The Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy was founded in 1976 out of a partnership between Settlement Music School and the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and then formed its own independent 501(c)3 in 1985. Visionary philanthropist Emanuel “Manny” Kardon made generous gifts to name both the Kardon Institute and Settlement’s Kardon-Northeast Branch.

Programs and therapists transitioned from The Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy in 2014 to form The Kardon Center for Arts Therapy at Settlement Music School.

At the core of all of Settlement’s work is the belief that music has an unmatched power to bring people together and to change lives. This belief is now exemplified by Settlement’s decision to ensure that the legacy of the Kardon Institute will continue. Following the decision by the Institute’s Board of Trustees to dissolve the independent organization, Settlement’s Board and staff leadership stepped in to ensure the continuity and unparalleled service of the great programs established by the Institute.

Creative Arts

Madison Frank

Regular Music Therapy Kardon Center for Creative Arts Therapy

Daniella Brown

Regular Dance

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To start the enrollment process, please fill out the intake form below.

Intake Form