G1. Art & Relaxation

A surreal art image-looks like two people on opposite sides of a bridge that's a maze in the middle.

G1.1: Art therapy can be used for relaxation and for counseling purposes.

Time for a little rest and relaxation. Art can be therapeutic for its relaxing and meditative benefits and as a creative outlet. Art therapy can also be a useful tool for reaching the nonverbal feelings and ideas that might be troubling or exciting you - but wordlessly.


 There are two main types of art therapy. 

  1. One is the simple "art as therapy" with relaxation benefits for the individual who is creating something of their own. 
  2. The second type is "art psychotherapy" in which a therapist and patient are seeking deeper understanding of the patient's nonverbal issues. Emotional problems and memories from early childhood are formed without words. Art therapy can help a patient or individual reach those nonverbal thoughts or feelings with the aid of drawing or sculpture, song lyric and music or a poem and illustration. Free-form movement and dance or theater can also help channel nonverbal ideas into visual form. 

  • Summarized from information related to this footnote: (Edwards, David, Art Therapy, 2004, 2) from this report: (6.Chennai_Symposium)

The "art therapist" ideally has training in clinical therapy and in art techniques, when there is a goal to access nonverbal feelings and issues. Strong emotions can be generated by the process of creation and it can be helpful to have a counselor to share them with and help process them from the eyes of an adult rather than what might have been the eyes of a child in a fearful situation trying to make sense of what they had no words to explain at the time.

G1.2: Art therapy techniques can help increase understanding of diversities.

 "In her exhaustive review of literature Staricoff (2004) accrued an enormous amount of 385 references from medical literature into her research report and concludes,

  • different art forms induce physiological and psychological betterment in patients, 
  • helps fighting drug addiction, 
  • reduces the length of hospitalization, 
  • expands doctor-patient relation, 
  • improves mental healthcare, 
  • and Increases practitioner’s understanding of gender and cultural diversities

                       - (6.Chennai_Symposium)   

G1.3: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

One of the earliest books regarding art and emotion was written to help encourage people who had been told too often that they couldn’t draw or weren’t an artist to pick up a pencil and try anyway - try drawing without looking at the paper. 

     Taking the eyes out of the way, so to speak, can help the mind relax and let the fingers and brain explore the curves and empty spaces that are present instead of overthinking about what things “should” look like. Perspective plays games with our eyes and things don’t always look the same when seen from different angles.

  • B. Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, (drawright.com)

Disclaimer

  • Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a service for locating a nutrition counselor near you at the website eatright.org: (eatright.org/find-an-expert

G1.4: Art & Play and Just having fun - Stress Reducers.

  1. 100 Art Therapy Exercises - The Updated and Improved List, Expressive Art Inspirations, (intuitivecreativity.typepad.com)
  2. Art Worksheets for Therapy, free download with registration: (therapy-worksheets/art)
  3. More detail is available regarding ten types of Art Therapy Interventions in a series of posts by an art therapist. Links to the series are in an introductory post: (psychologytoday)
  4. Art therapy can be useful for breaking the ice with a group of unresponsive teens according to a 16 page paper that describes how to organize for a group art therapy session and includes a few example art therapy techniques for use with groups: (counseling.org)
  5. Coping with anger is the theme of a list of games and art activities geared for younger children learning about emotions and self control: (kimscounselingcorner)
  6. An Introduction to Art Therapy and Creativity in Organisations, Akila L.K. and C. Nandagopal, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Social Science Research,  Chennai-India, 3-5 April 2015 Paper ID: C543,  (6.Chennai_Symposium)

G1. Links & References.pdf

Instinct & Policy; Resources

Table of Contents

A woman is looking at a laptop with a pile of books and a bottle of water nearby.

 

  • Chapters and Glossary section summaries & links, and a link for the book version of this site, Instinct & Policy: Effective Care and Best Practices for Promoting Health and Preventing Harassment and Discrimination. 

Table of Contents

G2: Poetry & Prose

Colorful pile of slips of paper with "thank you" in many languages.

 

Poetry and Prose, 

Writing stylishly for fun, 

- and for clarity. 

Haiku and confirmation bias

 and writing aids for pro's about prose. 

Pro Tip: All CAPS is harder to read 

& may be taken as SHOUTING. (G.uxm)

G2: Poetry & Prose

Glossary & Resources

A woman's hands are shown with an open book she seems to be reading, & a pile of books is nearby.

 

  • Definitions of terms and the resources & therapy techniques from the various sections gathered in one location for convenience with some additional topics and material for background detail not covered elsewhere. 

Glossary & Resources