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The Role of Art in Overcoming Communal Rejection

by Michelle Dean 01-12-2014 | 5:25PDT | Comments (0)

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As a part of her honors requirement for the Art Therapy: Media and Application course at Arcadia University this semester, I invited Samantha Baggott to write a guest post on her research about overcoming communal rejection through art, which includes an interview with art therapist, Gussie Klorer and her recent project, Ribbons of HOPE in Ferguson, Missouri. […]

The Symbolic Expression of Eating Disorders

by Michelle Dean 13-10-2014 | 6:29PDT | Comments (0)

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Have you ever noticed how expensive, haughty cuisine is often associated with sex, the divine, and transcendent experience; and conversely cheap, junk food is equated with addiction, excitement, or an out-of-control behavior? For example, in some conversations with friends, clients, and even in online food reviews the following may be heard: “The apple tarty ice cream […]

Paste Papers: The What For…  

by Michelle Dean 09-10-2014 | 5:48PDT | Comments (2)

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Decorated paste papers, as described in Paste papers: The How To…, may used in a multitude of educational and therapeutic applications. Using the slick and flexible pigments can facilitate abstract and playful imagery as well as lessen anxiety and encourage creative flow (Chilton, 2013). The less structured, or sometimes referred to as regressive elements, inherent […]

Paste Papers: The How To…

by Michelle Dean 04-09-2014 | 2:35PDT | Comments (2)

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For centuries, artisans have been decorating papers by drawing designs in colored paste (Maurer). Paste papers are lovely way to create easy decorative papers, which may be admired on their own, incorporated into drawings or utilized in a variety of contexts such as collage, book binding, and scrapbooking.  They lend themselves to a multitude of educational […]

Using Art in Psychotherapy

by Michelle Dean 22-07-2014 | 7:53PDT | Comments (6)

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Art in a psychotherapy practice is so much more than a series of directives and ingredients rattled off like a recipe in a cookbook.  Although recipes may get the cook in the kitchen, what separates the novice from a chef is a discerning appreciation of the individual ingredients and their synergetic effects.  Likewise, the ability to […]

Group Art Therapy

by Michelle Dean 19-05-2014 | 9:28PDT | Comments (2)

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Group therapy works!  In studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective.  In cases of medical illness, there is substantial evidence that this form of therapy helps people cope better with their illness, enhances the quality of their lives and, in some cases, […]

Creating Meaning through Relationships

by Michelle Dean 28-04-2014 | 3:30PDT | Comments (0)

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In terms of relationships and the ability to bridge at least two terrains, I personally like Hermes as a possible mascot for art therapy.  All humor aside, Hermes was most commonly described as a Greek Olympian god of boundaries and travelers who cross them.  He was a translator and messenger from the gods (the spiritual […]

Hardening of the Categories Leads to Art Disease

by Michelle Dean 20-03-2014 | 5:33PDT | Comments (2)

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The quote “Hardening of the categories leads to art disease” is attributed to Kenneth Snelson, and his defiance to define his work as science or art. He described his work, a cross between aesthetic vision and the scientific inspiration behind the engineering of his sculptures, which defy the neat categorization of art or science. Art […]