Creative Wellness Practice for Mental Health Care Providers- Erin Rafferty Bugher, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC
Creativity, specifically using art expression is a key component to a well-balanced practice as a mental health professional. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants, from student to seasoned professional, to explore the challenges and gifts of working within the mental health field. Research on the emotional effects of prolonged and repeated exposure to clients’ traumatic stories will be explored (Talwar, 2007), including an overview of the impairment continuum and risk factor symptomatology (Gentry, 2002). Participants will engage in creative strategies to address these challenges as well as focus on ways to engage in creative practice to integrate personal wellness strategies. Helm (2014) and Samoray (2006) studies on the healing effects of creative expression experienced by people who identify themselves as having compassion fatigue, supported creative expression aided in reducing stress and managing symptoms. Utilizing various art materials and media engages and integrates the whole brain for optimal functioning (Hinz, 2009, Lusebrink, 2012). Dress for a mess, the day will be filled with creative exploration and rejeuvenation! Participants will learn terms related to and identify areas of wellness and impairment in their professional practice.Participants will engage in hands on creative art experientials to manage impairment including developing a creative wellness practice.Participants will create a health and wellness intention that is symbolized in a personal creative artistic piece. Abbott, K., Shanahan, M., & Neufeld, R. (2013). Artistic tasks outperform non-artistic tasks for stress reduction. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 30(2), 71-78. doi:10.1080/07421656.2013.787214 Gentry, E. (2002). The crucible of transformation. Journal of Trauma Practice, 1, 37-61. Harter, S. (2007). Visual art making for therapist growth and self-care. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 20 (167-182). Helm, H. (2014). Managing Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue. Journal of American Art Therapy Association. Hinz, L. (2009). Expressive Therapies Continuum: A framework for using art in therapy. New York, NY: Rutledge Klimecki, O., Singer, T. (2015). Empathic distress fatigue rather than compassion fatigue? Integrating findings from Empathy research in Psychology and Social Neuroscience. London, England: Oxford University Press. Lusebrink, V. (2004). Art Therapy and the Brain: An attempt to understand the underlying processes of art expression in therapy. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 21(3), 125-135. Myers, J., Sweeney, T. (2008). Wellness counseling: The evidence base for practice. Journal of Counseling and Development, 86, 482-493. Samoray, J. (2006). The healing effects of creative expression experienced by people who identify themselves as having compassion fatigue: A phenomenological study. Dissertation Abstracts International, 66 (9-B), 5103. Talway, S. (2007). Accessing traumatic memory through art making: An art therapy trauma protocol (ATTPO. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 34, 22-35.
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