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Art Therapy

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Alana Owens

on 7 March 2015

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Transcript of Art Therapy

these inherent qualities of creative process can help increase brain function.
School Art Therapy
Making art keeps me from damaging my relationships when I feel like I'm ready to blow.
important benefits
Community Art Making to promote unity and a sense of belonging
creativity in Art Therapy
A free form of self-expression,
Open expression.
Absence of judgment
Reflective of emotional health,
Structured to support and nurture,
Focused on student needs,
There is no right or wrong way to be creative, but rather the art therapist provides supportive boundaries based on goals.
art gives me a voice when I can't find the words.
art helps me make decisions-sometimes I don't know how I feel about something until I work it out on paper.
Art helps me express my anger in a safe way that calms me down.
Therapeutic in and of itself,
A way to communicate deep emotions,
A way to make sense of experiences,
An opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment.
Reflective of thoughts, emotions, conflicts, desires, worries, fears....
Creating a Work of Art Is:
Lowers Stress
Diverts Focus away from inner conflicts, overwhelming issues or emotions.
Decreases negative thinking that can be intrusive when exploring difficult topics.
Activates the physical, emotional and intellectual process .
of creative expression.
making art helps me deal with everyday stress.
Art helps me stop worrying about things I can't solve.
the benefits of art therapy
Child-Friendly Form of Non-Verbal Communication
Non-Threatening Way to Explore Challenging Topics
Increased Confidence in Creative Problem Solving Skills
Provides Real-Time Conflict Resolution
Promotes Positive Self-Image, Self-Concept, and Self-Esteem
Supports Healthy Coping Skills
Practicing Social Skills While Participating in a Fun Activity
A Non-Direct Way to Resolve Conflicts
Nurtures Community Development
Embraces Diversity While Supporting Unity
Sensory Experiences that Practice Motor Skills
Social and Emotional Intelligence Modeled and Practiced
Self-Reflection Promotes Personal Insight
Healthy coping skills
making a Beautiful oops!
identifying and exploring thoughts and emotions
exploring self concept
exploring personal identity
child specific
Support group process
copy goals to send home
Art Therapy theory views creativity is viewed as:
This process does not end once we reach adulthood. Researchers are conducting studies to exploring how and the brain develops new cells within different areas of our brain.
As we learn and grow our brain does too!
Did you know our brain grows?
Our daily experiences and interactions with the world around us result in physical changes in our brain.
Our brains make new connections as we learn new information and develop varying needs, which is called neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity begins before we are born and continues through adulthood.
In order to change and grow our brain develops new cells, which is called Neurogenesis.
Train your mind, Change your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves (Ballantine Books, Sharon Begely, 2007)
Train your mind, Change your Brain.
Encourages uniqueness and diversity.
Teaches how to independently express their thoughts and emotions.
Develops new ways of thinking and problem solving.
Activates the brain as well as the physical, emotional, and intellectual process.
Builds neuron pathways as new schemas develop.
Neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to grow/change/adapt, is activated by creativity.
The importance of the creative process
Creativity allows students to:

Consider possibilities,
Generate new ideas,
Explore new concepts, and
Venture beyond self-imposed limitations.
Art Therapy as a way to Support social, emotional and academic growth
Exploring the family experience
Community Development
Build relationships and class unity
address Difficult topics in an engaging way
exploring relationships
practicing communication skills
practing frustration tolerance and creative problem solving
practicing productive coping mechanisms
practicing self-soothing and exploring self-care
individualized, child specific goal development
supporting a community after a tragic loss
Support fine motor skill development
Increase frustration tolerance
we made a hug...
...to share with others...
...or to keep for ourselves, because we all can use a hug sometimes.
building empathy
practicing creative solutions to everyday challenges
promoting boundary development
supporting children suffering from an illness
What is the objective of the LECATA?
the Levick Cognitive and Emotional Art Therapy Assessment (LECATA)
assessing needs to identify goals supporting healthy development
The LECATA assessment instrument was created by Dr. Myra Levick, ATR-BC. Dr. Lvick was one of the founders of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) in 1969. In addition, she served as the first president.
In 1967 Dr. Levick is credited for developing the first successful graduate level program training art therapists at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions (then known as Hahnemann University).
Art Therapy Program Development
setting and client population
existing program structure
(Mission of the Setting, Treatment Team, Current Scheduling, Referral System, Legal Matters/Consent Process)
Client Assessment and treatment goal development
The benefits of art therapy of listed here closely correlate to many common client goals.
So, who are clients in the school setting and how are their goals developed?
Healing from Past Trauma
art therapy program
Children attending a Choice Foundation School, grades PK-8th, may be referred for art therapy services by school administrators and the employees of the Special Education Department based on a group determination of additional support needs within an RTI (Response Team Intervention) or IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Meeting.
what do the kids have to say about art therapy?
The LECATA was developed based on cognitive (Piaget), artistic (Lowenfield), and psychosexual (Freud) theoretical development as well as defense pechanisms of the ego identified by Levick (1983) as correlating appropriately within each developmental stage.
What is the objective of the LECATA?
To measure normative emotional and cognitive development between the ages of three and eleven+ years, indicating any degree of deviation above or below normal ranges of development while outlining emotional indicators and defense mechanisms in order to develop treatment goals supporting healthy cognitive and emotional development on an individual basis (Levick, 1983).
Art Therapy Group Goals
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