Description: Visual arts offer a non-verbal way to communicate ones inner emotional and mental experiences using expressive and symbolic means. This experiential workshop will offer an opportunity to engage in self-reflexive art-making and relaxation techniques. Participants will be guided through a series of activities, which include breath-work and visualization, art-making and reflective writing the topic of self-care. Participants will have an opportunity to share with the group. The intention is to provide an introduction on how to use art and writing to explore ones sense of well-being that participants can use in their ongoing self-care practice. Please note this in not a training in art therapy. Art experience is not necessary as the focus is on spontaneous expression and dialogue with the art as a metaphoric reflection of one’s inner experiences, rather than the product.
Supplies: Suggestions for 2-dimentional art include: paper and oil or chalk pastels. Participants are welcome to use any art materials of their choice including felts, pencil crayons or more fluid materials such as paint. Please have paper and writing materials.
Date: Wednesday, March 16 @ 4:00 PM, EDT
About the Presenter
Christine is an internationally recognized Art Therapist and presenter with 25 years of clinical experience working with both groups and individuals, as well as developing therapeutic programs for people of various ages, in her Private Practice. She specializes in trauma, body-focused work, multicultural awareness, and providing therapeutic support and training for professionals. She is professor for various Master’s programs internationally, and offers Critical Incident Trauma Debriefing providing psychological first-aid to groups and individuals.Christine coined the phrase Therapeutic Body-Mapping and developed grounded theory on its therapeutic value and clinical application as a culturally sensitive trauma intervention while offering trainings in 18 countries as part of her Doctoral research. She is the author of The Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions, and Parents Handbook on Reducing Anxiety: what’s going on in the brain.