Art Therapy for Community Change [Online]

September 25, 2021 · 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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This workshop is hosted by Lewis and Clark's Continuing Education program. Participants will receive 5 CEUs for a cost of $100 if registered before August 25, 2021.

Nearly one in five adults and one in six youth (ages 6-17) lives with a mental illness in the United States, with less than 50% of those individuals receiving treatment or mental health services. The framework of community-based art therapy may address a community’s needs, help decrease stigma and exclusion, and reduce power differences. Broadening the scope of practice in art therapy to align with holistic, social, and cultural purposes may create a wider reach to community members that may not have access to mental health services.

During this workshop, presenter Leara Glinzak ATR-BC, MSAT will share her experience creating The Traveling Loom, a community art project used to promote unity, inclusion and connection, and will identify ways to broaden more traditional scopes of practice to include entire communities. Case examples will be shared on the impact a community-based art therapy practice can have on those who engage with the project, in addition to the necessary steps for organizers when planning a community-based project.

Participants will have time within the workshop to generate ideas to assess the needs of the community through art making and or writing. This workshop will also discuss the role of an art therapist as being an integral person involved in the community to ensure resources are being utilized. Conversation will be had on the importance of a project being engaging, enjoyable, in a safe space, accessible, and inclusive. Working within this framework, art therapists learn to give power and autonomy to the community, while impacting and influencing individuals and communities for positive change.

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