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Monthly Art Workshop for Self-Care 

Where? Toronto, Near Donlands and Danforth

When? Monthly: April 8th, June 24th, July 22nd, September 23rd, 2017 10am-12pm,

and May 13th, 2017 1pm-3pm

No workshop in August

 

Make self-care and professional growth a priority by connecting with other helping professionals and making art in a supportive environment.

According to the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) therapists have a  “professional responsibility” to “maintain high standards of professional competence and ethical behavior, and recognize the need for continuing education and personal care in order to meet this responsibility” Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association, 2007, p.5

Join me for a monthly 2 hour self-care workshop series for therapists and helping professionals.  Each session we will explore a different self-care themed art project. We will  focus on various art media every month including paints, clay, mixed media, found objects, nature, collage papers and textiles.

 

Come explore how art making can be a soothing container for those in the helping professions. Having a regular self-care practice can help you keep your creative well filled, ready to face the often challenging and difficult role of helping others.  Many of us encourage our clients and patients to take care of themselves but often forget to heed the same advice for ourselves regularly.  Before every airplane flight, adults are instructed in emergencies to take the oxygen for themselves first before offering to others.    The same principle applies to the work we do in the helping professions.  If we do not take care of our own mental health and well-being first, then we are less likely to have the energy and emotional capacity to serve our clients.

This monthly gathering for therapists and helping professionals will be based on the tenets of art therapy:

  • art making for resiliency

  • art making for self-expression

  • art making for exploration of self

  • art making for processing difficult emotions

  • art making for self-reflection

  • art making for mindfulness

  • art making to experience a flow state

  • art making for relaxation

The format is of this monthly workshop is one of prevention, self-discovery and exploration through the arts but is not art therapy. Participants are encouraged to take any personal issues that arise in workshops sessions to their therapist. Please note that this workshop is not a supervision group.  

 

What Exactly is Self-Care?

Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer (2000) defined wellness as “a way of life oriented towards optimal health and well-being in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated by the individual to live life more fully within the human and natural community” (p. 252).

Three specific components have to be put forward by therapists in their practice of self-care:

  1. Self-awareness: “involves benign self-observation of our own physical and psychological experience” (Baker, 2003, p. 14)

  2. Self-regulation: the process of self-regulation refers to the conscious or less conscious actions we do in order to “help us maintain and restore our physiological and psychological equilibrium” (Baker, 2003, p. 15). Of major importance for therapists considering the emotionally charged nature of their work. (Shapiro, Brown, & Biegel, 2007).

  3. Balance: “the balancing of connections among self (involving the psychological, physical, and spiritual, as well as the professional), others (including personal and professional relationships), and the larger community (encompassing civic and professional involvement)”(Baker, 2003, p. 14).

 

Why Art for Self-Care?

Art production has been shown to improve negative mood (Bell, & Robbins,  2007).

Art-making can help contain emotions, explore and express self in relation to clinical work (Wadeson, 2003).

Creating art can lead to increased self-awareness through clarifying therapist’s feelings and exploring the preconscious and unconscious (Wadeson, 2003).

Art-making has the potential to offer a process for reflection, insight and problem solving for therapists (Wadeson, 2003).

Workshop Dates:

Choose from one or more of the following dates.

April 8th, 2017 10am-12pm

May 13th , 2017 1pm-3pm

June 24th, 2017 10am-12pm

July 22nd, 2017 10am-12pm

No workshop in August

September 23rd, 2017 10am-12pm

Join us for 2 or more monthly dates and save!

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 1 workshop session with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $60

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 2 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $108

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 3 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $162

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 4 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $200

References:

Baker, E. K. (2003). Caring for ourselves: A therapist guide to personal and professional well- being. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bell, C.E. & Robbins, S.J., (2007) Effect of Art Production on Negative Mood: A Randomized, Controlled Trial Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 24(2) pp. 71-75.

Kaimal, G., Ray, K., & Muniz, J. (2016) Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making, Art Therapy, 33:2, 74-80.

Myers, J. E., Sweeney, T. J., & Witmer, J. M. (2000). The Wheel of Wellness counseling for wellness: A holistic model for treatment planning. Journal of Counseling & Development, 78, 251-266.

Nainis, N (2005) Art Therapy with an Oncology Care Team, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 22:3, 150-154

Riley, S. (1997) An Art Psychotherapy Stress Reduction Group: For Therapists Dealing With A Severely Abused Client Population: The Arts In Psychotherapy 23(5) pp. 407-415.

Shapiro, S. L., Brown, K. W., & Biegel, G. M. (2007). Teaching self-care to caregivers: Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on the mental health of therapists in training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1(2), 105–115.

Wadeson, W. (2003) Making Art for Professional Processing: Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 20 (4) pp. 208-218.