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THE CREATIVE COUNSELLOR: INTEGRATING THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS INTO YOUR THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE By Jannah Tudiver, MA, CCC, LPC & Catherine Fawcett, MA, MSW, RSW. INTRODUCTIONS & WARM-UP ACTIVITY. WHY USE THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS IN YOUR PRACTICE? New tool for your “toolkit” Address client issues

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THE CREATIVE COUNSELLOR:

INTEGRATING THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS INTO YOUR THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE

By Jannah Tudiver, MA, CCC, LPC

& Catherine Fawcett, MA, MSW, RSW

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INTRODUCTIONS

& WARM-UP ACTIVITY

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WHY USE THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS IN YOUR PRACTICE?

  • New tool for your “toolkit”
  • Address client issues
  • Well suited to brief therapy
  • Stay inspired & avoid burnout
  • Practice self-care
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CREATIVE EXPRESSION

& MENTAL HEALTH

1800’s to the 1900’s:

  • Arts as adjunct to medicine & psychiatry
  • “Moral therapy” for mental illness
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1920’s:

  • Joseph Moreno: psychodrama
  • Florence Goodenough: art assessment for cognitive development
  • Margaret Lowenfield: foundations of play therapy & sandtray therapy
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1930’s and 1940’s:

  • Expressive therapies more well known
  • Self-expression as “alternative” to talk therapy
  • Major psychiatric hospitals include arts in treatment
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1950’s ONWARDS…

(abridged version)

  • Professional associations & standards developed
  • Expressive therapies integrated into medical, mental health, & rehabilitative settings
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WHAT ARE THE “EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES”?

“The use of art, music, dance/movement, drama, poetry/creative writing, play, and sandtray within the context of psychotherapy, counseling, rehabilitation, or health care”

– Cathy Malchiodi, 2005

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TYPES OF EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES:

  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandtray Therapy
  • **Expressive Arts Therapy

Each discipline has its own association, qualifications, & professional standards

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COMMON THEMES AMONG EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES:

  • Sensory-based
  • Creativity
  • Aesthetic focus
  • Action-based/body-based
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WHAT IS “EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY”?

  • Arts-based psychotherapy
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Integrates the arts eg. imagery, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, & visual arts
  • Goal: wellness & healing
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BACKGROUND OF EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY:

  • Newest arts-based therapy
  • Began in 1970’s at Lesley College Graduate School
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ALTERNATE NAMES FOR EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY:

  • “Expressive Therapy”
  • “Integrative Arts Therapy”
  • “Intermodal Expressive Therapy”
  • “Multimodal Expressive Therapy”

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY:

  • Reclaims our innate capacity for creative expression
  • Creative expression is a healing, ‘growth producing’ process
  • Therapeutic transformation possible through expression
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GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY:

  • The arts are for everyone
  • Low skill/high sensitivity
  • Depth-oriented
  • “Layering” of modalities
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KEY THEORISTS IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY:

Natalie Rogers: “creative connection”; person-centered

Shaun McNiff: “therapy of the imagination”; “art as medicine”

Paulo Knill: arts are “within each other”; “de-centering process”

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APPALACHIAN STATE’S PERSPECTIVE:

  • Natural world as model for creative process
  • Reclaiming ancient integration of arts & life & healing
  • Dream-work emphasis
  • The ‘person of the therapist’
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ASSOCIATION & REGISTRATION

  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), 1994
    • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) & Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/ Educator (REACE)
  • Additional Resources:
    • Creative Arts in Counselling Chapter, CCPA
    • See Resource List
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WHAT POPULATIONS WILL THIS WORK WITH?

The expressive arts are used with a variety of populations & presenting issues including:

  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Issues including: addiction, trauma, grief, anxiety, & depression
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EXPRESSIVE ARTS ARE UTILIZED WITH:

  • Clients of all ages
  • Clients with diverse backgrounds
  • Individuals & families
  • Groups
  • Outreach programs

Expressive Arts Therapy is practiced & taught in many countries eg. Peru, Israel & Switzerland

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WHO USES EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES?

Approximately 30,000 practitioners in the U.S. are formally trained in therapeutic use of the arts

Arts-based interventions have been integrated into fields such as medicine, social work, counselling, psychiatry & psychology

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CURRENT RESEARCH

Recent research topics on the therapeutic use of expressive arts include:

  • Creative writing in prevention & psychotherapy
  • Music therapy in hospice & palliative care
  • Creative therapies in treatment for PTSD
  • Dance therapy for women survivors of sexual abuse
  • Increasing counsellor empathy through theatre exercises
  • Guided imagery & relaxation for women in early stage breast cancer
  • Promoting positive mental health through art therapy
  • The use of the arts in grief & loss
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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

  • Try the activity 1st yourself
  • Focus on process over product
  • Respond to art with process comments; avoid likes & dislikes
  • Counter negative statements eg “I can’t do art”
  • Explore when to participate versus when to be a witness
  • Create openings & closings
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FURTHER

RESOURCES

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QUESTIONS?

COMMENTS?

thank you
THANK YOU!

Our Contact Information:

Jannah Tudiver: [email protected]

Catherine Fawcett: [email protected]

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