Editor's Note from Karen Adler: A video by Mia BloomBecker. 'The field of Art Therapy is growing, but many people still don't know what it entails. This is a film I made for my Film, Culture and Society class. The interviews are with Shaun McNiff, the Dean at Lesley University and Art Therapy expert, and my friends Jen Malloy and Maddie Dickerson. This was one of my favorite experiences I've ever had, and I hope the video is thought-provoking.'
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by Richard Schwartz
We all know about those luminous moments of clarity and balance, in our own lives and in those of our clients, which come briefly now and again. However we get there, we suddenly encounter a feeling of inner plenitude and open heartedness to the world that wasn't there the moment before. The incessant nasty chatter inside our heads ceases, we have a sense of calm spaciousness, as if our minds and hearts and souls had expanded and brightened...
Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: Richard Schwartz has developed the Internal Family Systems model of therapy that addresses the subpersonalities or internal parts that interact with the core "Self" of our personality.
by Jon Rhodes
The fear of crowds is an anxiety disorder which can severely limit the lifestyle of the sufferer. Those who suffer from a fear of crowds often have several symptoms when in or approaching a crowd. These include heightened alertness, increased anxiety, nausea, headaches, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, shaking, chest pains and more...
from the Alzheimers Project
Holding people's attention with poetry is always challenging, perhaps even more so when your audience is afflicted with dementia. I like to have at least a few poems memorized so I can walk around freely and recite the poems. In performance poetry lingo this is called, "working the room." With the Alzheimer's folks I come close to them and reach out my hand to them, shaking, holding their hands or just touching them if they show interest in interacting with me...
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Conni Kunzler
Several Christmases ago a friend gave me a “dry skin brushing” kit, complete with a long-handled natural bristle brush, instructions for use downloaded from the web, and a long list of benefits. While I am often an early adopter of such things, I wasn’t sure about adding another “step” to my morning routine...
Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: In this lovely article, Author Conni Kunzler recommends the benefits of dry massage therapy called as garshana. She conveys that rather than a dry brush, raw silk gloves are used which are said to have properties that energetically charge the lymphatic system and increase prana, the vital energy or life force. Garshana is typically followed by abhyanga as the exfoliated skin is prepped to drink in the warm, natural oils. Abhyanga is simply a self-massage for the entire body.
by Allison Havens
When I first met the youth group in El Nance started by the previous ArtCorps Artist Monica Gutierrez, I asked them to brainstorm the topics and activities they were interested in working on this year. Out of this first session, we came up with the idea to make trashcans for the community to help combat the problem of waste in the streets...
Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Creativity, environmental education, and necessity collide when a group of youth in Honduras come together to clean up their community, with a little inspiration from re-purposed trash turned into art.
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Curator's Statement from Marie' Sakai: Vibrant and colorful, Karen Atkins' photography will inspire you, move you, and groove you in her portraits of women, children, and men around the world. Traveling to 7 different countries, she photographed the essence of her journey through these diverse cultured peoples. Body gestures, intense colorations, and different perspectives give the viewer a different perspective as one can see through the lens of Karen Atkins' "Vibration Project". Her compositions as well as her understanding of the people, their souls is captured in this moment of brilliance. Photography has the power to shine the human soul and Karen Atkins' Portraits convey this power of the beauty of the Human Spirit...
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by Celeste Hackett
Even if you see hypnotic phenomena every day, it can still be so exciting to hear stories of the wonders it works. Because fellow hypnotists, you are about to learn about an amazing method to help yourself with your own issues, and it only takes a few seconds to do...
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