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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This artistic film with many beautiful clips of nature was made in Finland. The narrative is based on Chief Seattle's response to the American government after they wanted to buy the land from the native Americans. This is the third and the most popular version of his speech as modified in the 1970's. Chief Seattle was a leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now the U.S. state of Washington. The city of Seattle in the state of Washington is named after him.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: There are so many interesting stories about Pablo Picasso and this video clip is full of them. A classic one is Picasso's response to a Nazi soldier. The Gestapo would visit Picasso every so often because they were convinced he was hiding Jewish artists. One time when they were snooping around through his things, a soldier came across a postcard with one of Picasso's most famous works: a depiction of what happened when a German bomb lands on a small Spanish town in the Basque region during second World War. The Nazi asks Picasso, "Did you do this?" Picasso says, "No. You did! Take one ... souvenir!" It is a wonderful story and it makes you wonder "what can art really do in the face of atrocity?" This video is an attempt to answer that question.


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by Hollie Chantiles

It's raining. Again. So much for long summer days off hiking and working in the yard. The storms have been so bad here...on and off, and then so humid in between. Having only one room with Air Conditioning is fine most of the time ( I lived in Baltimore for years with none at all) but I do wish we at least had a better cross-breeze in the house. Everything seems so stale...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Hollie is an artist who paints draws and inspires others. Her article is an except from her first book. Finding Home Sweet Home, An interactive journal to find inspiration.  Her whimsical images are thought provoking and universal.  She helps us gain access to the parts  that we have hidden and buried deep inside.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: An advertiement re. arts education that could just as easily be applied to the benefits of art therapy.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is a time-lapse video showing the process of making an art journal page. Art journals are fun and therapeutic. I hope this inspires you to make one of your own!


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next. I hope this video inspires you to notice those around you and touch them with kindness. You don't know what challenges the people you pass are facing. A kind word or a gesture goes a long way. Like the construction worker in this clip, you could start a chain reaction and inspire people around you to do the same.


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by M. Edwin Green, BA, MDiv, ThM, DMin

She did what so many of us do… she fell in love and got engaged. Everything seemed headed for a storybook wedding when out of nowhere the family began squabbling over wedding arrangements...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: If you are in a family, have friends, and interact with other people, then you are inevitably going to deal with conflict. The question is never whether or not there will be conflict. The question is how are you going to deal with it. The difference between happy and unhappy relationships is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of forgiveness. It truly is our deepest need and our most difficult and highest achievement.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Karin used art therapy to deal with her eating disorder. Now she makes spoon pendants and sees the beauty that can be created out of mistakes. She says that art is a microscopic way to look at her life and it is soothing and healing.


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by Lucie Rivard

“Heal the World” is a piece about all races of the world coming together in love and unity to heal the planet.  “An ancient Hopi prophecy, shared by many tribes, tells us of the beginning of the world, when the Creator created four races of four colours, each assigned a task that together would ensure a world where all the life was held in one sacred circle...


Editor’s Note: Ideas of healing art through illustrations, reiki and good energy - Lucie Rivard uses her artwork to heal the world through vivid and vibrant colors.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art, and particularly photography because of its accessibility, can give us windows onto another person's world. This video is a particularly powerful example of the strong connection between the arts/art therapy and social justice. During the summer of 2013, LAMP Community, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, hosted a photography class and gave its members a little something called, "hope.


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by Rebecca Lazenby

I’ve been working as a graphic recorder for five years. It was a big leap to go freelance after 21 years of corporate life but I haven’t regretted a moment.

Graphic recording is also known as graphic facilitation or scribing and lots of us call ourselves other things like live illustrator or visual practitioner...


Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: As an art therapist, I'm interested in the effectiveness of images as opposed to text as communication. I was intrigued by Rebecca Lazenby drawing at the side of the room at a recent local Council event I attended. During a break, I approached her to look more closely at the drawing. It was a visual representation, quirky and cartoon-like, that was taking shape as the event progressed, encapsulating the discussion thus far. The conversation that ensued between us focused on images as communication tools. Both the imagery that emerges from the unconscious of an art therapy client and the images which Rebecca draws at conferences/meetings encapsulate far more than their surface appearance, both are ways of making connections, of telling stories, that aren't as effectively done via words or text alone.


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by Jay Worling

I have been drawing and painting my whole life - well, as long as I have been able to hold a pencil. In fact, I’ve been drawing since before I could get the letters of the alphabet in the right order...


Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Jay Worling attended a workshop I facilitated at the local Art Gallery on Art Therapy and Depression/Anxiety. She writes about her experience of Scribble Drawing and what they enabled he to see about herself.


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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