The last couple of days I’ve been teaching a workshop at Ursuline College with the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program focused on advocacy, empowerment, and the intersection of social action with trauma informed care through art-making.
Students were introduced to how creative expression through art therapy helps provide a safe place & voice for women & youth survivors of domestic violence, families living with homelessness, as well as the role of art-making for empowerment, peacemaking, craftivism and social action.
In addition to presenting about my art therapy work, the workshop’s content also included students learning about A Window Between World’s #icanwecan crowdsourcing campaign to create awareness and show support through art for ending violence and abuse against women. Students created their own pledge hands with messages of advocacy and empowerment inspired by this project, a population or cause in mental health they want to help empower.
Students were also able to Skype with Drew & Margaret of Peace Paper to learn more about their current activities and projects using papermaking for transformation, trauma intervention, and empowerment, including Panty Pulping, working with survivors of domestic violence, military sexual trauma, and mental health advocacy.
Peacemaking through art was addressed through also presenting my group work with youth to explore concepts related to bullying, how to become a peacemaker, and art’s role in exploring conflict resolution. Students also were introduced to Franck de las Mercedes‘ Priority Boxes Art Project and its role in activating messages of hope, love, and peace through art.
Our workshop ended with exploring the inspiring world of craftivism and Operative recruiting for Operation Sock Monkey and an upcoming mission for Russian children in orphanages and hospitals…we’ll be sending a delegation!
If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, here are some helpful resources to check out:
- Global Recovery and the Culturally/Socially Engaged Artist, Michael Franklin-Naropa University
- Art Therapy and Social Action: Treating the World’s Wounds, Frances Kaplan
- Art & Papermaking as Social Action
- Trauma Informed Care– Ohio Department of Mental Health
- Trauma-Informed Care: Best Practices and Protocols for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs– Ohio Domestic Violence Network
- Shelter Within a Shelter: National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)
- Finding a Safe Place: Creating Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence through Art
- Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness Services Settings– SAMHSA Homelessness Resource Center
- Understanding Oppression in Mental Health
- Inocente Curriculum – Shine Global
- Facts on Trauma and Homeless Children: National Child Traumatic Stress Network
It was great to spend these two days sharing my work and exploring these topics & projects with this group of graduate students. I look forward to reading and learning how each of the students incorporate the ideas and information presented in their assignments and future experiences!