In this webinar, ILC’s Art Therapist, Nina Ayala, MA, ATR-P, shares tips and exercises on working with clients in Art Therapy in person and through a screen in light of the public health crisis. View the discussion below as well as some key takeaways.
Art Therapy Through a Screen – What We Learned:
1. Why Art Therapy
Art Therapy can help clients learn to access parts of their brain that are creative and less analytical. For someone who has experienced significant trauma or grief, this intervention can be helpful in processing, especially when words fail to accurately describe what they’ve been through.
2. Interventions to use
We talked about several Art Therapy interventions you can use in your own practice including…
Take an old book and use it as an art journal. Here are some examples:
Nina guided the group through a short thankfulness meditation coupled with the Healing Hands exercise.
Trace your hands on a blank sheet of paper. The left represents the past and the things you want to leave there. The right represents the future and all the things you want to invite into your life and keep in your world.
3. Come prepared with a plan and offer choices
When guiding clients in an Art Therapy intervention, especially online, come prepared with a plan (this isn’t the time to “wing it”) but hold space for changing courses and adjust accordingly. When conducting virtual Art Therapy, it’s inevitable that some activities will feel more comfortable and free-flowing than others. Have your plan, but have a back-up as well and be flexible.
Here are some links mentioned:
- Link to a research article about Altered Books with adolescents:
- Great book by one of the Pioneers of Art Therapy on her battle with cancer and altered bookmaking
- My Canvas Community Arts and a news segment on it.
- Other similar community-based art therapy organizations are Playing to Live and Whole Village.
- Low-cost art supplies donated by various people and organizations: Smart Art and Craft and Turnip Green Creative
- Yung Pueblo