Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I love to see art therapy make a difference in people's lives, particularly school students who are empowered to take back control of their lives via art. 'Gangs, murder and fear are common vocabulary words for some Chicago Public School students. They see tragedies so often that it harmfully affects their behavior and academics. But Art Therapy Connection tries to change that. This non-profit helps children and teens conquer anger and other emotional issues through artwork.
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by Tracy Wasem
"No coffee?" I whined while staring at the obviously empty pot and shelf. "The Circle K is finished, Tracy" Brian stated while giving me a kiss while heading out to work at the hospital...
Editor's Note from Eileen Gonzalez: Tracy is genuine, caring and has a gift which she openly shares with others. She has reached a level of awareness and peace which she emits to all she come in contact with. Earlier this month, Tracy published another book meant to help kids fall in love with reading, "101 Sensational Story Starters for 5th and 6th Grade Students".
by Mary Phillips-Sandy
Q: WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDICINE?
A: It’s knowing what to do with stories. My group and I have developed many, many narrative practices and routines for teaching and clinical work. One is called the “parallel chart.” We give clinicians or students this instruction: Write the things about your care of a patient that do not belong in his or her chart. These parallel charts expose matters that open up in the care of an individual patient, even if they’re simply things like “I’m angry at this guy,” or “This woman makes me sad...”
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this short article, Mary Phillips-Sandy interviews Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, about the use of story in medicine...
by Atava Garcia-Swiecicki
I am an herbalist and a dreamer. It has been thrilling to discover the ways in which the world of plants and the world of dreams intersect. I have trained myself and my students and clients to pay close attention to a plant that shows up in a dream. Plants that appear in dreams can be prescriptive, instructive or even direct transmitters of healing energy...
Editor's Note: Learn how plants communicate in dreams to bring healing information and even direct transmission of healing on many levels in this article by dreamer and herbalist, Atava Garcia Swiecicki MA, RH (AHG).
by Janet Lansbury
A couple of years ago I was driving my daughter home from high school, and she shared something from her Human Development class that day. The students were asked to draw an illustration of their emotional state. “And mom,” she said, “everyone drew pictures of stacks of books and things like that. I think I’m the only one who’s not stressed..."
Editor's Note: Beautiful steps to follow with the goal on less stressed kids in mind. Given the world we live in and all that we face daily these steps are incredibly helpful.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Tzivia Gover: Lucid dreaming isn't just about controlling a dream... it's about taking control of your life! Isaac Taitz makes a convincing case for why lucid dreaming should be taught to young people, college students, elders and everyone in between! PS - video isn't the best quality but the content is great.
by Annie Leonard
One of the best, and one of the worst, parts of my job is being on the road a lot. I love meeting new people, learning about how sustainability issues are surfacing in different places and seeing what people are doing about them in diverse communities. Usually, these trips fuel my hope, as I see first hand so many solutions being implemented by students, parents, artists, farmers and businesspeople all doing their bit to make the world better...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Styrofoam is one of the products we create that never really goes away. It piles in landfills and litters our lives until we are long gone. Even while we eat or drink with this product, the toxic chemicals can leach into the food...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: From youtube: 'Young students discuss how mental disorders play a vital role in their artistic development.' It's worthwhile taking into account the difference between art therapy and art as therapy.
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