An art therapy session will incorporate the use of arts materials to assist in creating an outcome of greater health. Art therapy has the potential to guide an individual to reimagine the colours of their life, and to assist them to repaint their own canvas to express the life they want to have.
The use of art as the primary modality to engage in a healing process, is also the primary distinction between art therapy and other kinds of therapies and interventions.
Art therapists are, in most North American and European locations, required to have psychotherapeutic training that is similar to that of psychologists. Most art therapists are schooled in assessment strategies (usually using arts materials), and create a frame for treatment, based on that assessment. As most North American regulatory bodies move towards licensing mental health therapeutic practitioners, the standards for practice have become more rigorous.
Teaching Trauma Informed Art Therapy Principals
Teaching trauma informed art therapy is best accomplished through a practical, hands on approach. Principals and guidance in application will be taught simultaneously to give the best outcome in understanding the work both in a cognitive capacity, as well as the experiential, or felt sense, of the process.
Workshop participants will become familiar with art therapy terminology, as well as have a toolbox of directives that can be applied in a range of circumstances.
- What happens to the brain during trauma
- Application of art therapy principals to changes to the brain
- Arts based assessment
- Stabilization practices
- What is mindfulness
- Linking mindfulness practices with art therapy
- Dealing with feelings in the body
- Processing art
- Group art therapy- do’s and don’t’s
- Creating a safe container
- Telling your story through art
- Adding layers