Trauma

Puerto Rico and Florida AATA Chapters Offer Group Art Therapy in the Wake of Maria

Puerto Rico and Florida AATA Chapters Offer Group Art Therapy in the Wake of Maria

By Anais Lugo-Axtmann | April 26, 2018 | Trauma | Community

Experiencing hurricanes Irma and Maria was traumatic for most people living on the island of Puerto Rico. Seven months after Maria, Puerto Rico continues to experience prolonged losses of electricity, water, communications and infrastructure, limiting individuals’ ability to recover, keep their jobs and return to their routine (which is so vital for recovery). Many Puerto Ricans are reporting intense feelings of anxiety and depression which have been linked to the onset of mental health crises.

South Florida Art Therapists Offer Free Services in Aftermath of the Valentine’s Day Shooting

South Florida Art Therapists Offer Free Services in Aftermath of the Valentine’s Day Shooting

By Raquel Farrell-Kirk | March 1, 2018 | Trauma | Community

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, MSD as it’s often abbreviated, is less than an hour away from my home, only 30 minutes away from my office, and a mere mile from the Coral Springs Museum of Art, where I conduct a weekly art therapy open studio group for veterans. This proximity is how I came to receive a phone call from the museum’s Executive Director, asking for guidance in setting up free art therapy services in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 dead.

Transformations in Time: Art Therapy Exhibit Captures Responses to 9/11

Transformations in Time: Art Therapy Exhibit Captures Responses to 9/11

By  Kat Michel | September 7, 2016 | Trauma | Events

From September 6-8, 2016, Bellevue Hospital in New York City will be hosting the exhibit “Transformations in Time,” artwork created in response to 9/11 and in observance of its 15th anniversary.  The artworks, created through the Art Therapy Program at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s World Trade Center (WTC) Environmental Health Center, serve as visual representations of change and growth.

Charleston Heals Through Art: HeArts Mends Hearts

Charleston Heals Through Art: HeArts Mends Hearts

By Dianne Tennyson Vincent | March 2, 2016 | Trauma | #WeAreArtTherapists

June 17, 2015 was a peaceful evening in downtown Charleston, SC. A regular Wednesday night prayer meeting service was taking place in the historic Emanuel AME Church. After an hour of Bible study and prayer, the unthinkable happened. A young, unfamiliar white man welcomed to the group pulled a gun and killed nine parishioners, including State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney. A grandmother shielded her grandchild with her own body while they both played dead.

Art Therapy and Social Justice at Chicago-based Women’s Shelter

Art Therapy and Social Justice at Chicago-based Women’s Shelter

By Sangeetha Ravichandran | December 9, 2015 | About Art Therapy | Community | Trauma

ApnaGhar, Inc., (“Our Home” in Urdu/Hindi,) provides holistic services, education, and advocacy across immigrant communities to end the different manifestations of gender violence. Gender violence can be broadly understood as violence impacting women and girls who are part of various margins of society. They are denied access, rights, and privileges and are stripped of personal power through forms of control exerted by an individual, a group, and/or systems of oppression, including domestic and family violence, forced marriage, trafficking, and honor killings. At Apna Ghar, we address issues of gender violence using a client-centered, trauma -focused, and empowerment-based approach.

Art Therapy with Veterans: The Art Room is a Container

Art Therapy with Veterans: The Art Room is a Container

By Rosemarie Rogers | November 11, 2015 | Veterans | Trauma

Art is a visual language. Human beings have been using art for this purpose for thousands of years. The cave paintings discovered in Lascaux, France and Picasso’s Guernica are celebrated examples. Visual arts offer veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a nonthreatening alternative to compose in images what is inexpressible to them with words.