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21 SECRETS Art Journal Show and Tell Preview with Eva Miller, MPS, ATR

June 28, 2011
Introduced earlier this month, The Art Therapy Alliance started showcasing individual art therapist and art therapy student experiences from Dirty Footprints Studio’s  art journaling workshop 21 SECRETS.   21 SECRETS continues to interest the art therapy community who are joining this workshop to learn more about and play with art journaling.  Especially with the announcement earlier this month that registration has been extended until October and the workshop will be open until January 1, 2012- there’s now more time to play!

The Art Therapy Alliance’s most recent 21 SECRETS show and tell features North Carolina art therapist Eva Miller MPS, ATR.  Eva received her undergraduate degree in studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill, and her masters in Art Therapy & Creativity Development at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  She works with a variety of populations, including the elderly, adults with acquired brain injury, refugee children, and women with eating disorders. Eva loves being a part of the Art Therapy Institute which is an amazing network of creative and passionate people.

Eva was one of the first active participants in my workshop ready for revo’lution when 21 SECRETS opened!  I have really enjoyed connecting through her art journaling process, especially with our common interest in art therapy.  Thanks to Eva for contributing to this show and tell and sharing her 21 SECRETS experience with the Art Therapy Alliance community!

Read Eva’s complete interview via the Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous here.

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21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from this group of 21 artists. Learn more about each workshop and how to register here.  

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Trauma Stewardship, Gratitude, and Wordle Making

June 24, 2011

One of my gratitude wordles

Earlier this month I attended a workshop with trauma worker and author of Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky who spent the day speaking to a group of local agencies and offering important considerations related to self-care and well being when exposed to and involved with trauma work.  This all day training based on Lipsky’s book was excellent and provided a lot of nurturing, mindful, and practical reflections and tools that will be very helpful connected to the trauma work I do with children, women, and families.

I really enjoyed Lipsky’s content that focused on gratitude as a way to create and maintain a sense of balance in our personal lives and work.  She writes, “locating something to be thankful for at all times is an essential part of trauma stewardship” and that this mindfulness practice can help reframe our experience of often overwhelming, challenging, and difficult work.  “Remind yourself that while the offering may seem endless, so is what we have to be grateful for; it just might be less obvious and take a more creative approach to find it” (pp. 223, van DerNoot Lipsky, 2009).

One of the many takeaways from that day that I have started to incorporate into my daily practice included Lipsky’s suggestion to set “gratitude alarms” on our mobile phone to go off three times a day to help provide a sensory reminder and alert to take time throughout our busy daily activities to reflect on thankfulness. I have set my iPhone for morning, afternoon, and evening gratitude alarms, which has been a rewarding experience. When the alarms go off and I am often in the middle of something, I am forced to go to my phone, recognize the alarm’s intention, and in that moment take time to simply reflect on what I am grateful for.  I must say it really has helped make my gratitude awareness stronger and create additional balance in my day to day life.

To support this process, I use the “notes” app on my phone to type in whatever thankfulness comes to mind and then save these reflections as an on-going mobile Gratitude e-List.  Throughout this week I have started to take words from my list to create Gratitude Wordles as a creative and fun way to express and visually focus on my gratitude words.  I have also been experimenting with the app Word Clouder for creating mobile gratitude word clouds on the go!

References:  Trauma stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others.

Wish and Doll Making Inspiration

June 19, 2011

During my art therapy supervision group this week-end, one of the group members introduced us to an easy way to create a fabric wish doll, inspired by the below tutorial and presented by Art Therapist Margaret Nowak.  Margaret uses the intervention in her art therapy work with cancer patients.  Check it out:

Wishes are written on a half of sheet of paper and then crumbled up into a ball to create the doll’s head. I chose thick and fuzzy ivory yarn to wrap the body over the cotton cloth, a metal heart button to embellish the doll’s center, turquoise yarn for hair, and then added a little paint, collage, and stamping.

This doll making process was much fun to do!  I found the repetitive action of wrapping the doll’s body soothing and relaxing, as well as appreciated the simple steps and material use to form the doll’s foundation.

Thanks to Mary for bringing the materials needed to start off our doll-making process, introducing us to Margaret’s work, and to the University of Michigan Health System for posting Margaret’s inspiring how to idea!  Love it!

Art Therapy Alliance Launches Art Journaling Spotlight | Materials & Media in Art Therapy

June 13, 2011

The Art Therapy Alliance launched a spotlight series today to highlight individual art therapists and art therapy students participating in 21 SECRETS.  This on-line art journaling workshop created by Dirty Footprints Studio has sparked the interest and participation of many art therapists and art therapy students!  This spotlight series will offer reflections inspired by 21 SECRETS from members of the Art Therapy Alliance community to help stimulate ideas and interest about art journaling and offer considerations related to art therapy.

The first spotlight in this series features Rebecca Johnson, LMHC, ATR, a clinical mental health counselor and art therapist in a community mental health clinic outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  Check out Rebecca’s reflections about participating in 21 SECRETS and thoughts on using art journaling in art therapy here.

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21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from a group of 21 artists through January 1, 2012. Registration is open until October 1, 2011 here.

TLC Offering Art & Play Therapists a Reduced Rate to Attend Childhood Trauma Assembly

June 7, 2011

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) announced this week that Art and Play Therapists can receive a reduced rate to attend this year’s Childhood Trauma Practitioner’s Assembly in July.  Jeffery Georgi (this year’s keynote) will be presenting on The Adolescent Brain, as well as other presenters offering best practices in trauma informed work with children and adolescents.  Check out the details below and visit this page to register with the discounted rate.

My workshop Group Strategies for Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence will focus on strategies and interventions important to facilitating group work with children and adolescents who have been impacted by domestic violence:

  • Learn practical tools and important themes to consider when working with youth exposed to domestic violence;
  • Be introduced to interventions that incorporate sensory-based intervention, therapeutic books, and art expression;
  • Gain a trauma informed understanding about how these strategies and interventions can promote safety, emotional expression, coping, validation, and normalizing when working with youth from violent homes;
  • Engage in activities and experientials to enhance your awareness and insight about the benefits of using hands-on and creative interventions in group work with traumatized youth.

I hope to see you in July!

Ready for Revolution Art Journaling Workshop Trailer

June 6, 2011

In celebration of  last week’s news from Dirty Footprints Studio about 21 SECRETS‘ registration being extended until October 1 and that this art journaling playground will now be open until January 1, 2012, I had some fun updating the trailer for my workshop ready for revo’lutionCheck it out and enjoy!

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21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from a group of 21 artists through January 1, 2012. Registration is open until October 1, 2011.

My workshop ready for revo’lution will empower you to use art journaling to  explore concepts of transformation, creating change, and invite intentions of new possibilities through the power of collage, mixed media, journaling prompts & more.  Embrace your revo’lutionary spirit to imagine, create or reclaim your ideas into action!

Art Journaling Goes On!

May 30, 2011

21 SECRETS continues to keep going strong!  Almost 600 participants have signed up from all over the world since its opening in March to learn new ideas and concepts related to art journaling- so awesome!   It seems like yesterday that I was prepping and getting everything in order for ready for revo’lution and anxiously awaiting for the opening of the playground- and now June is almost here!

I’ve been so honored to be a part of this experience, teach among such an amazing group of women, witness the art, transformation & sharing taking place, as well as be part of the 21 SECRETS creative community, including the friends and connection I’ve already made during this time. Another big shout of gratitude to Connie Hozvicka for bringing us all together!  The first three months have been great and I am looking forward to more…

The last day to register for 21 SECRETS has been quickly approaching this month and the playground set to close on July 31.  I’m very excited to reveal that this group of 21 SECRETS classes will now be open for the rest of this year– closing on January 1, 2012!  Woo hoo- A 21 SECRETS Extension! 5 month bonus!  Lots more time for the art journaling fun, sharing, and connecting….

If you haven’t registered yet or thought you wouldn’t have time this spring and summer to play, 21 SECRETS will now be on sale until October 1Nice!

I am also looking for art therapists or art therapy students to interview and feature for the Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous about their 21 SECRETS experience.  Interviews will also be shared with the Alliance’s Materials & Media in Art Therapy subgroup on LinkedIn and in the fall issue of FUSION, an e-zine for Planet Art Therapy. E-mail me at info@arttherapyalliance.org if you are interested or want more information!

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21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from a group of 21 artists through January 1, 2012.

My workshop ready for revo’lution will empower you to use art journaling to  explore concepts of transformation, creating change, and invite intentions of new possibilities through the power of collage, mixed media, journaling prompts & more.  Embrace your revo’lutionary spirit to imagine, create or reclaim your ideas into action!

Become an Ambassador of Peace: Priority Boxes Project on Kickstarter

May 26, 2011

Back in March I posted about receiving my box of hope (above) from Franck de las Mercedes’ Priority Box Project.  This global community arts project dedicated to spreading hope, peace, and change through painted mail art boxes celebrates its 5th anniversary this week, having mailed 9500+ boxes all around the world during this time.

The Priority Boxes is currently being featured on the creative funding platform Kickstarter to help support this self-funded initiative. Funding will go toward getting boxes currently on the project’s wait list out and help financially support the project for another year with shipping and supply costs.

This week Franck posted a short film that I remember watching when I first discovered the project last year and requested my box.  It reminds me again why I love this project and why I find it important:

As of this writing, over $3,300 has been pledged via Kickstarter, but for the project to receive any funding, the $5,000 pledge goal must be met.  There’s still time!  You can be an Ambassador of Peace through becoming a Kickstarter backer today and also help spread the word to others during this final week of pledging.  Pledging ends June 2, 2011 at 8:58 P.M. EST.

Special 21 SECRETS Reveal Coming June 1

May 22, 2011

I continue to enjoy, be inspired, and loving the art, creativity, and community happening over at 21 SECRETS!  Wow!  If you haven’t already joined this global playground of online workshops dedicated to art journaling, registration continues to be open and…there’s a special 21 SECRETS reveal coming June 1 that I am gearing up to share with much excitement- I can’t wait!

21 art journaling workshops for only $59!

21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from this group of 21 artists. Learn more about each workshop and how to register here.

Pinterest: Collecting & Organizing Happiness

May 17, 2011

21 SECRETS colleague and mixed media artist Debra Cooper recently introduced me the wonderful world of Pinterest, a social catalog site and community of virtual bulletin boards where you can organize and “pin” digital images of places, objects, people, and things you love and have interest in.  You can also follow boards and collections created by others who have styles and interests you like, as well “re-pin” images posted by community members on your own boards.  I’m already addicted!

Some of my boards

My first board was for a collection of Words.  I gathered quotes, phrases, and images through the site’s keyword search, as well as checked out what the Pinterest community and people I was following had pinned and re-pinned on some of their boards.  I also added the “Pin It” grabber to my toolbar to make it easy to get images anywhere on-line that I also wanted to collect.

As I began to create more boards, I started to notice how many of the images and objects I was pinning and curating into collections were associated with people, places, memories, and activities that make me really happy.  Lots of good stuff, good times, and good vibes. Containing all these things together in one place started to spark some kind of visual happiness.

I have also enjoyed the joyful curiousity and inspiration from looking at others’ boards and pins.  It’s been so much fun to follow Lani Gerity‘s pins and the cool finds she is collecting: art, portraits, dolls, places, and lots of chocolate!  I’ve also been keeping an eye on Debra’s boards which are full of color, design, artsy ideas, and textures.  Check them out!

Lani’s Board: Art Love

Debra’s Board: For Painted Papers

At this time, to join Pinterest you need to receive an invite. You can go to the Pinterest site to request an invite, but I am not sure if this involves some kind of wait list or what the turnaround time is to receive one. Pinterest community members can also send out a limited number of  invites as well.  If anyone is interested in receiving one of my invites (while supplies last!),  feel free to let me know in the comment/reply section of this post.

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