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Internet art therapy research

Kate Collie who is a researcher in art therapy presents an internet application of art therapy in some detail. It is wonderful that my colleagues are now using video to demonstrate what they do.

Kate Collie, PhD, MFA, ATR, is an artist, art therapist, researcher, and professional workshop facilitator. Her research interests include the use of the arts in healthcare, innovative approaches to expanding access to behavioural healthcare (including internet art therapy), and psychosocial dimensions of medical illness, especially breast cancer. After completing an interdisciplinary PhD at the Institute of Health Promotion Research at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Collie was a postdoctoral research fellow and then a research associate at the Center for Stress and Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Biography borrowed from Behavioral Telehealth & Research

L’art contre l’alzheimer

Cyberpresse | Le Soleil

vendredi 16 février 2007 

Aquarelle créée par Samuel, un octogénaire atteint d’Alzheimer.

L’art contre l’alzheimer

Régis Tremblay

Le Soleil

Dans le brouillard où s’avance ce malade atteint d’Alzheimer perce soudain une lumière, un espoir… Cette lueur le guide vers une éclaircie… vers quelqu’un : lui-même ! Ce rayon d’espoir, c’est l’art.

Cette illumination est arrivée récemment à quatre octogénaires de Montréal : Béatrice, Benoît, Samuel et Victor. Atteints d’Alzheimer, ils se sont réunis tous les jeudis pendant six mois, autour de la thérapeute Pascale Godbout, pour s’adonner à des activités artistiques.

La thérapeute témoigne : « Tous les quatre ont exprimé leur plaisir et leur satisfaction ; tous les quatre ont manifesté de l’enthousiasme, de la bonne humeur et de la joie. Et surtout, tous ont trouvé dans l’art une façon de compenser un peu l’altération de leurs facultés. »

Le résultat fut si encourageant que Pascale Godbout en a fait son sujet de recherche pour l’obtention d’une maîtrise en art-thérapie, à l’Université de Montréal, l’an dernier.

L’art-thérapie n’est pas encore admise par notre système de santé. « Ma profession n’est pas reconnue. Pourtant, les résultats sont là ! » affirme Pascale Godbout, en entrevue, qui fait cette recommandation dans son étude : « On peut souhaiter que les services d’art-thérapie auprès des personnes âgées en perte d’autonomie soient offerts dans tous les centres d’hébergement, qu’ils fassent partie du programme ordinaire de soins et d’activités quotidiennes… »

La thérapeute précise : « Il y a bien quelques séances de dessin dans les centres d’hébergement, mais elles sont classées dans la section bricolage, loisirs et bingos… alors qu’on pourrait en faire de vraies séances de thérapie ! »

L’art dont il est ici question n’est pas du grand art, mais un mode d’expression où l’acte est plus important que le résultat. À partir de quelques techniques simples (collage, dessin, aquarelle), les quatre octogénaires ont réalisé des œuvres naïves, mais significatives.

« Étant inaptes à suivre des directives, ils ont eu toute liberté pour faire ce qu’ils voulaient.

Mais le seul fait de créer a amélioré leur rapport à eux-mêmes et au monde. Béatrice, Benoît, Samuel et Victor en ont ressenti du bien-être, une meilleure estime de soi et un plus fort sentiment identitaire », déclare Pascale Godbout.

Est-ce si étonnant de constater le pouvoir libérateur de l’art sur les personnes déficientes, alors que le geste créateur a toujours eu des effets profonds sur tout artiste, quel qu’il soit ? « Le monde de l’art est plus ouvert que toute autre activité humaine, il est vraiment la lumière au bout du tunnel pour beaucoup de gens », ajoute la thérapeute.

Pour Pascale Godbout, son travail de « débroussaillage » est une promesse, un investissement : « C’est comme planter une graine. J’ai plein d’idées pour prolonger cette expérience. D’ailleurs, la Société Alzheimer s’est montrée intéressée à lui donner suite… »

Source de l’info ICI

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Art therapy workshop for professionals (BC, Canada)

Healing the Healers
Experiential Art Therapy Workshop for Professionals
 

Healing the Healers
Experiential Art Therapy Workshop for Professionals
will be offered twice this spring:

1) February 24 & 25, 2007
2) March 31 & April 1, 2007

To understand oneself through the expressive arts is to go beyond the limitations of language and social construct, and to engage in a landscape of the unconscious, to participate in the re-creation of self.

This experiential workshop offers an opportunity for healthcare professionals to explore therapeutic issues of stress, “vicarious trauma” and self-care.

Participants will have an opportunity to use the creative process for personal exploration, growth, and insight in a safe, confidential environment. The focus will be on personal development through spontaneous art-making and symbolism. No art experience is necessary.

Further details can be found here…

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Lancet: Healing through art therapy in disaster settings

A rare occurence an art therapy article in the Lancet!!
No fulltext available without a subscription though.

Entrez PubMed

Lancet. 2006 Dec;

Healing through art therapy in disaster settings.

Ahmed SH, Siddiqi MN.

Department of Psychiatry, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.

PMID: 17188987 [PubMed – in process]

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New Post-Master training in Art Therapy

The Canadian Art Therapy Association

CATA has approved a new art therapy post-masters training program in Edmonton St. Stephen’s Theological College with University of Alberta is offering a unique post masters certificate program in art therapy and spirituality. It is also possible to obtain a masters degree in pastoral counselling with an emphasis in art therapy.

Both aspects of the art therapy training program are currently completing the requirements necessary to allow students the opportunity to become registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Assocation, The American Art Therapy Association or the International Expressive Therapies Association.

For more information please contact St. Stephen’s College at 8810 – 112 St. Edmonton, AB. T6G 2J6 For general information on the program, application, etc.

Contact: Shelley Westermann at 1-800 661-4956 of email: ststephn@ualberta.ca or go to the website www.ualberta.ca/ST.STEPHENS/

For specific information on the coursework or the orientation of the program contact: Dr. Jean Waters jeanw@ualberta.ca or Dr. Greg Madison gmadison@ualberta.ca

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Cancer patients find comfort in artistic expression

Art therapy

Cancer patients find comfort in artistic expression

Jodie Sinnema, edmontonjournal.com

Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2007

When Lee and her son sat down with their chisels to carve their soapstone polar bears, the pressure was off to talk about Lee’s terminal bone-marrow cancer, which she has fought for 10 years.

Lee didn’t have to be the concerned mom, pestering her 12-year-old son about his emotions and staring him down. Instead, art became a pathway for those emotions and thoughts to come out.

“That two-day camp taught me that I don’t need to corner and drill him about his feelings, but rather focus on something else that we both enjoy and let the conversation take care of itself,” Lee wrote to the director of the Arts In Medicine program at the Cross Cancer Institute.

Marilyn Hundleby with artworks created by patients at the Cross Cancer Institute.View Larger Image View Larger Image

Marilyn Hundleby with artworks created by patients at the Cross Cancer Institute.

John Lucas/Edmonton Journal

“Sometimes we just carve in silence, but I am even grateful for those moments because we are spending time together sharing a common interest. … The biggest gift is that I have found a non-invasive pathway to my son’s heart and I am creating my greatest masterpiece yet.”

Lee, now 44, was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 33 and was told she had two years to live since there is no known cure. Her son, only two at the time, has since grown up thinking chemotherapy, radiation, bone fractures and bone marrow transplants are just part of the norm.

Last year, Lee decided to sign the two of them up for a specialized Arts in Medicine program offered at the Cross Cancer Institute, since communication has become difficult with her “tweenager.”

The program, which has been formally offered for 10 years, is the only one of its kind and size in Canada to offer a dozen art choices including painting, photography, poetry, choir, soapstone carving and fibre and bead arts to help cancer patients work through their anger and confusion, said psychologist and program director Marilyn Hundleby.

As opposed to art therapy, where psychologists and therapists help patients read their deep emotions by examining the arts-in-medicine program’s use the artistic process itself to help patients see the world with new eyes.

Professional artists lead the group, then a psychologist, social worker or art therapist have patients write journal entries about what the art means in their life journey.

“This isn’t about craft, it’s about the process, about creating art and understanding one’s experience,” said Hundleby, whose program receives $140,000 from the Alberta Cancer Foundation each year. “It allows us to problem solve, to tap into wisdom, to come to an understanding where we can move through a difficult illness with a greater sense of control and our own power to make things happen that are beneficial to us.”

Oftentimes, patients think they can’t possibly paint or carve a sculpture. Then they see the beautiful end result.
“If I can do this, then the potential and possibilities become apparent,” Hundleby said. “If I can transform stone into something beautiful, what else can I
 do?”
Source: http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/story.html?id=a96de7b7-7095-4f0e-8ab7-20d44434bc19&k=0

Get creative and colour your life


Cape Argus – Get creative and colour your life

Get creative and colour your life

Art therapist Andrea Brand says being creative gives people a sense of their inner world – which is the first part of transformation

June 14, 2006

By Jeanne Viall

How you respond with your crayons or paints to a large piece of white paper may tell you a whole lot about what’s going on in your life.

And we’re not talking only about the images that emerge, but also the thoughts and process you go through as you create.

Creative therapist Andrea Brand works with people to bring movement to the places we get stuck in, whether they be habitual thoughts or actions.

She works in the corporate sector, with groups and teams, and one-on-one with adults and children.

For many people it’s daunting to “do art”, but it’s the process that’s significant here, not the outcome.

Brand’s Colour Studio in Rondebosch is a place that invites you to play. “My passion is colour,” she says. “I use colour as a form of energy to get the creative juices flowing.”

Colour works at an emotional level, she explains. You feel differently when you work with blues instead of reds, for example.

In front of me is a huge piece of white paper, some crayons and some paints. I’m invited to express myself and to observe as I do what thoughts come up, what judgments and where I get stuck.

People mistakenly think that in art therapy the therapist “analyses” your imagery. That’s not how Brand works. Rather, she’s on hand to help me when I get stuck, and is a guide in my process.

“Often what you do relates to life directly,” says Brand. “For example a person may be afraid of making a mess, so they can’t get started. Or because it’s the unknown, and they’re afraid something won’t work, they don’t do it.”

Our own judgments about ourselves are often fiercer than any other – we all carry our inner judges with us, especially around our creativity. In this process you meet them and can transform them so that they don’t stop you from creating what you want in your life.

“Here a person can take a risk without judgment. We try to relate the creative process to real life. This is another side of us we don’t give space to in our lives.”

It’s sometimes surprising what comes through when you give yourself over to the process – and we’re not talking here about good and bad, right or wrong. Continued here…

Art as therapy and road to the unconscious

Naples Sun Times – Art as therapy and road to the unconscious

Art as therapy and road to the unconscious

By Silvia Casabianca 07/05/2006

How would you feel if your therapist or counselor, instead of asking you about your concerns, your emotions or your dreams, brought out art materials and asked you to put your feelings on the paper? If you haven’t tried it before, you’d probably feel skeptical, right?

And if you are unsure about your painting skills, you’d probably also be reluctant to accept the challenge. But the creative process implicit in the art making has been proven to promote self awareness and change. Your creations can give an art therapist clues about the dynamics of your psyche, and the art-making will provide relief when you’re going through stressful situations.

In 1986, I started a project with adolescents in Colombia, in the hope that I could provide some kids with the experience of a supportive environment. Like everybody else, I had gone through the doldrums when I was a teenager, and thought that I could prevent others from going through the same thing. In many cases, when it came to emotions, these kids found it easier to express themselves through art than with words. The project with youth got increasingly interesting, and in 1988, led me to look for a change of career to serve them better.

One day, while I was looking through the shelves of one of my favorite bookstores in Bogotá, a book fell to the floor. It was Edith Kramer’s book The Use of Art as Therapy. I bought the book and sank into it during the weekend. By Monday, I had decided that I wanted to become an Art Therapist, and I did. I got a master’s degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Back in my country, I created a not-for-profit organization to continue working with youth, and found art therapy very useful to help them in their process of self-discovery. I also opened a studio and started a private practice.

Clients would come to my place for art therapy sessions and work with a variety of media, mostly acrylic paint, pastels, oils and crayons. I had learned that different art materials elicited different responses and offered these materials according to the needs of the client.

Continued here….

Art therapy professor to work with tsunami survivors

Emporia State University – News and Events Archive

Art therapy professor to work with tsunami survivors

Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro is traveling with a team of American professionals to the east coast of India to work with tsunami survivors. Dr. Bordonaro, a second year art therapy professor at Emporia State University, has worked abroad in several countries including: Thailand, Australia, and Jamaica. She plans to work in Berlin in September.

Dr. Bordonaro is looking forward to “the interaction with another culture and country as well as getting to know the team and contributing to their efforts and to the people.”

In India the American team will work on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for two weeks. Professionals include pediatricians, physicians, occupational therapists, a clinical psychologist, a hearing aid specialist and an art therapist.

These remote islands were left with most of their services gone after the tsunami in December, 2004. Sangha an organization founded by Hina Sharma hopes to bring these services back to the islands. The team of professionals will spend their morning’s training and working with the people on the islands getting them back onto their feet. In the afternoons the team will spend time working with the community members and children.

To get this phone call to do what I like to do is tremendously rewarding,” said Dr. Bordonaro.

Dr. Bordonaro is the only art therapist on the team and hopes to use the art to assess the drama associated with the tsunami in children. She says that art is a normal activity for a child which makes it easier for them to express their emotions.

For more information on Sangha please visit www.sanghaworld.org

Source: http://www.emporia.edu/news/archives/2006/July2006/arttherapyprofessor.htm

Qld flying doctor recruits art therapist for outback communities

Qld flying doctor recruits art therapist for outback communities. 17/07/2006. ABC News Online

Last Update: Monday, July 17, 2006. 1:00pm (AEST)Queensland’s Royal Flying Doctor Service is using an innovative technique to help improve the emotional well-being of rural and remote communities.

The service has employed its first ever art therapist to work with men, women, adolescents and children.

Sue Sweeney has taken up a job with the service’s mental health team in Longreach after working with the United Nations and in Sydney hospitals supporting cancer sufferers.

She says art therapy has a range of benefits.

“Art therapy is a very gentle way of working.

“The pressure is off people to have to talk so I think it enables them to explore how they are feeling and what’s going on, and being able to bring it out in a different way which perhaps isn’t as confronting as having to sit down and talk about how you’re feeling.”

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