Ride the wave.

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Felt the itch to create something today. When I make my own art, I experiment with techniques or directives I would use with a client. In this way, I can experience the art activity from the perspective of the client. and then evaluate whether the activity would be appropriate for a client, or consider altering it to make it suit a client.
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Guided Imagery

guided-imagery-and-visualizationWhat is guided imagery?

    • Guided imagery is a technique that focuses attention in proactive, positive ways.
  • It is more than utilizing the visual sense, it involves all of the senses (touch, taste, hear, see, smell).



Why use guided imagery?

  • Physical benefits
    • Reduce headaches, muscle tension
    • Lower blood pressure and stress hormones in the blood
  • Achieve personal and professional goals
    • Ex. A runner visualizing the course before a race
    • Ex. A student visualizing themselves being more self-confident during a specific situation in class (such as a class presentation)
  • Deeper awareness of ourselves
    • Connecting with thoughts and feelings that might hinder understanding of ourselves and potential “road blocks.”
      • Ex. Feeling uncertain about your career? use guided imagery as a tool to help find your way.

Principles of guided imagery

  • The mind-body connection
    • To the body, images created in the mind can be almost as real as actual, external events
      • Ex. Reading a recipe and salivating—the mind constructs images of food (how it looks, tastes, and smells) causing the body to think “dinner is served”
      • Ex. Visualizing a memory can evoke the senses (do you have a memory where you can almost place yourself back in time?)
  • The altered state
    • A state of focused attention
    • A calm and energized sense of alertness
      • Sometimes this is not a conscious choice
        • Ex. Driving past our exit on the highway
      • In guided imagery, we enter this state intentionally
  • Locus of control
    • When we have a sense of acceptance and agency in our lives that is therapeutic, it can help us feel, think, and do better
    • When we feel like we have agency, we may feel more optimistic, self-confident, and maybe more willing to tolerate stress or pain

Finding Wholeness Piece by Piece — Resources for Kids with Absent Parents

I stumbled across the title track of Kelly Clarkson’s most recent album, “Piece by Piece,” when a friend shared it on Facebook. Little did I know that I was about to hear a song about healing from the hurt of an absent parent. In this song, Clarkson emotionally tells the journey of how she was […]

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Cool off (coping skill) snowflake  — Art of Social Work

It is getting colder and depending on where you live, that may mean snow too. Regardless of climate and cultural background though, I have found, most children understand the concept of a snowflake and how to make one by folding and cutting shapes in paper. This provides a simple and fun way to make […]

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Songs of self esteem: making music about me!  — Art of Social Work

Who doesn’t enjoy music that is uplifting and positive? It can feel as if the song was written just for you, and who knows, maybe it was. 😉 I always say the best interventions are those that children make up themselves, and the kuddos goes to the kiddos on this one yet again. Essentially […]

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Mindfulness Based Art Therapy Exercises: Strengthening One’s Mind, Body, and Spirit — BayArt

Mindfulness based art therapy is a combination of basic art therapy and meditation principles. The idea of using art therapy as a treatment isn’t a new one. Art therapy has been effectively used to help manage chronic pain, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, and physical and mental trauma. Mindfulness, on contrary, guides an […]

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