After a 20-minute flight over the city of New York, Stephen Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism, draws the whole town with only his memory.
That is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen
Saw a documentary over this, he’s amazing!
I compiled some personal tactics and crowd sourced DIY remedies for the sads (clinical term) into a mini comic! Enjoy xoxo
So, being in grad school and also being in a helping profession, my professors and those who are further along in the program, stress self care. It’s so important to remember to take care of yourself in a medical or mental health field (or any field where you’re working with people who are working on themselves). It’s hard to not take it all on yourself, and it becomes easy to lose yourself in your work and burn out.
When I was 19, I was working with children with psychiatric disorders and I pushed myself into my work so hard, and being that my mother worked at the same school, it was so hard to separate myself from my work. Now, at the age of (almost) 24, I think that the concept of self care is so important and that everyone needs to practice it!
I thought that I would post my first directive on here in lieu of writing up the process note that I should be writing for it (still counts as work)!
On Thursday, it was my turn to run the group task in my group process class. The directive I wrote up was one of my own invention, where participants would be creating their own spirit animal!
After checking in the with group by asking them to identify a high point or something they were looking forward to that day, I began the session by reading the Urban Dictionary definition of a spirit animal just to clarify that it a) did not necessarily have to an animal, or b) it did not necessarily have to be a real animal.
The structure of the art-making process was closer to that of an open studio where members were allowed to choose whatever material they wanted in order to create their animal. Some sculpted out of Sculpey or water-based clay, and others created a two dimensional image, by cutting paper, or drawing (and in some cases both).
The primary, therapeutic goal of a task like this is to have the participants find shared, positive qualities with their spirit animal. Towards the end of the art-making time, I asked them to think about the personality of their creation, and during processing I asked them to name at least two positive characteristics that they had in common with their image.
There’s a psychic distance that is allowed with this symbolic representation of the participant, which encourages an objective assessment of a person’s positive traits that may be harder for some people if they were to, for example, make a puppet of themselves, or create a self portrait.
This directive may be particularly successful with children and adolescents as it can call for a certain degree of imagination or playfulness that may be harder to achieve with adults.
I did this again, the following day, at my practicum site (population: adult inpatient), and it was a good Friday afternoon activity! I varied my processing question at the end, instead asking what it was that their spirit animal would say to its creator. This was also successful, as one patient that I have been working with for several weeks had a very positive message from her animal (she’s slated for discharge in the beginning of this coming week), and another patient, a recent re-admission, had a statement from her creation that suggested her desire for strength and support in several ways.
I hope this was helpful/informative!
Let me know if you guys enjoy this sort of thing and want more! I may have another one in store after Wednesday!
Slowly replacing the negative thoughts with colors and beautiful things.
Most importantly: you’re stronger than you think.
WHY DOES THIS NOT HAVE MORE NOTES
Yesterday, Edith Kramer died at the age of 98 in her home in Austria.
Anyone familiar with the field of Art Therapy knows just how much of a loss this is for the field, as she was one of our founding “mothers”. She will be missed, but the contributions that she made to the field of psychology in the form of Art Therapy were monumental, and in that she will be well remembered.
not just followers, everyone.
I’m here if any of you need to talk<3
The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.
Yooo my country’s not in this list so here’s the suicide hotline for Indonesia: (+62)21-500454
Reblog this around!
A band of renegade therapists has been treating patients with something a bit unorthodox: superheroes. Just think of them as the Justice League of comic book treatment.
My favorite part? The fact that Wonder Woman sweeps in to save the day!
Okay, but in all seriousness (not that I’m not serious about Wonder Woman), this is a very neat article, and sand tray is such an interesting technique! Enjoy!
You know what’s funny, Anon, is that while I was working on some directives on Friday, I was wondering to myself whether or not people would be interested in my posting directives! So, thank you, I will definitely start posting some!
Whoops, I think this was asked to this blog, but since I answered it on my phone it posted to my personal blog =X
But, anyway! Would this be something people are interested in? It would be good practice for me, so let me know!