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Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity

June 4, 2013

Coming up next month (July 9-12) is my annual summer trip to Michigan for The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)’s- Childhood Trauma Practitioners Assembly.

2013 National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children Assembly

I am looking forward to obtaining more trauma informed knowledge & training to help strengthen my practice with women and youth impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and loss- as well as spending time with other trauma specialists and practitioners who will be there.  I’m signed up to attend workshops about developing a trauma informed community, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma group work with youth, therapeutic writing, responding to the aftermath of the Chardon school shooting, and the effects of secondary wounding on trauma recovery.  I hope to report back here on what I experienced and learned!

I am also grateful to be included in this year’s Assembly program again. I am presenting a morning workshop on the Assembly’s last day: Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity.  This workshop will feature my art therapy work with youth exposed to domestic violence, bullying, and relational aggression who have been introduced to peacemaking concepts through art and the creative process.  The role of art in peacemaking, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention will be explored.  Art interventions, sensory based approaches, therapeutic books, and group work around this topic will also be presented and an art experiential for the group setting introduced.

Peace Begins with Me

Registration to attend is still open, if you’re interested in also attending!

Peacemaking & DIY Papermaking

September 15, 2012

Inspired by my work with and the mission of Peace Paper, over the last few months I have been incorporating handmade papermaking with some of my art therapy work with youth who have been impacted by trauma and loss.

One way we used the transformative process of papermaking over the last few months included expressing some of the emotional burden of experiencing or witnessing someone being bullied. Youth ages 6-12 created and then tore up images and hurtful messages about bullying to destroy in a blender for pulping.  The pulp from this was then used to form new sheets of handmade paper that would become decorated as Peace Flags.  The process of destructing the negative & re-constructing it into something positive was really powerful.  The Peace Flags also served as a visual reminder and a way to dialogue about how each of us can choose to engage in peaceful and less hurtful behavior with one another.

Below is a short video I created about this process:

If you’re interested in learning more about the papermaking steps I implemented, feel free to check out this DIY Papermaking How-to Sheet that you can save, download, or print out through SlideShare:

Also check out the work of Peace Paper, their papermaking tools, tutorials, and resources at www.peacepaperproject.org.

Releasing & Reforming

September 10, 2012

I just returned back from the 2012 BATA Symposium, Releasing and Reforming: Art Therapy as Social Action in Dublin, Ohio and wanted to share some photos and inspirations from the last few days:

Breaking Rag @ the 2012 BATA Symposium’s Pre Conference Course

Peace Paper was honored to be part of this year’s Symposium and it was great to team up with Drew and Margaret again to introduce to Symposium attendees how papermaking can be used as a form of social action, trauma intervention, and transformation.  Thank you to the BATA Board of Directors, BATA President Michele Tarsitano Amato, and Symposium Program Chair Marshae Armante for inviting us and their hospitality. We enjoyed exploring the many ways papermaking can be applied to the art therapy setting, the work of art therapists, and the enthusiasm about these possibilities from attendees.

I also attended a breakout workshop facilitated by Michigan art therapists Margaret McGuinness, MA, MEd, ATR-BC, Kathy Schnur, MA, MEd, ATR-BC, and their colleague Karen Smigelski, MA, LPC about The Power of Words to Promote Change.  They introduced us to creating “Taglines” with polymer clay, beads, wire, and other creative embellishments to create messages & affirmations for cultivating kindness, as well as an intervention for responding to/exploring the impact of bullying.  The workshop reinforced how our words have power & energy that affect others, emotions, and thoughts.  Learn more about the workshop’s concept, their data on the power of words, and The Power of Words to Promote Change workshops being offered through WillowsEdge Counseling and Art Center.

Below is my “Tagline” I created during their workshop:

Tagline: Listen to your inner voice

I also added another spread to my Adventure Gluebook inspired by the Symposium with paper & goodies from last month’s paper stash swap, some items and handmade paper I picked up or received during the Symposium to use as collage stuff, and my SMASH label maker.  I think my Tagline could go inside one of the pockets or be attached to one of the pages tabs where it would be more visible. This gluebook is really starting to fill out nicely!  I look forward to continuing to work on it.

BATA Symposium 2012 Adventures Gluebook Spread

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