NOTE: Session PPT and handouts will not be available.
The creative and expressive arts are uniquely suited to engage sensory, pre-verbal, nonverbal, metaphorical, symbolic, imagistic, and right and left-brained processes. These bilateral brain processes help elicit words and narratives necessary to reduce symptoms of trauma, abuse, and addiction. When used properly, the arts are an effective tool for self-regulation, insight, and motivation. This dynamic lecture includes slides of client art and poetry, as well as a review of the basic tenants of ethical practice.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) List one benefit and one limitation specific to the practice of the creative and expressive arts therapies.
2) Describe the importance of delaying interpretation, analysis or ascribing meaning to the symbols or patterns that emerge in the art productions.
3) Explain who is the authority regarding the meaning of the client's art productions.
4) Describe how forensic art therapy is not based upon the content of the drawings, but instead the quality of the drawings, lines, juxtapositions and color.