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Creative Arts Therapies and Trauma

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Expanding Therapeutic Experiences Through Poetry, Prose, Song, and Story

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?”
-David Whyte

April is National Poetry Month, which is a good time to remember the many ways creative writing can be used in the context of trauma therapy with children and adolescents.

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The Value of Art Expression in Trauma-Informed Work

Posted by Gretchen Miller on October 31, 2014 in art, art therapy category

November launches Arts and Health Month, which is a great opportunity to reflect on the positive value of the arts in trauma intervention and recovery.

The benefits of creating art and engaging in the creative process to promote emotional expression, cope with traumatic stress, and strengthen sense of self are many. Here are a few of the important themes and considerations connected to trauma-informed work and how art can be a therapeutic tool for grounding, reflection and growth:

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The February "Ahs"

Posted by Mary McHenry on February 3, 2014 in art therapy category

February is the shortest month, but for many, especially those who live in the cold north, it can seem like the longest one. Being Canadian, I try hard to embrace the winter, and one of my strategies is to continually look for things that stimulate the “ah” instead of the winter “blahs.”

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Unsullied-Non-Knowing: The Essence of Discovering What Matters Most

Posted on September 11, 2013 in art therapy category

James Dyson, the creator of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, powerful fans and other household appliances, is an engineer and a billionaire.

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Resilience Soup

Posted on June 5, 2012 in art therapy category

Explaining the Brain – Teaching Trauma Playfully

Posted on December 16, 2011 in art therapy category

TLC Guest Blogger: Cherie L. Spehar, MSW, LCSW, CTS

Expressive Play Therapy serves as a bridge between the important steps we use with TLC’s Trauma Intervention Program and the facilitation and externalization of the feelings those interventions elicit. One of my favorite ways to synergize both is when we reach the point of teaching trauma.

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