The First Art Therapy Group with Casey

This afternoon we had our first art therapy group meeting on college campus. It is being run by Casey  in the wellness center. I didn’t count how many came, but I’d guess we had about 10-12. We were a mix of freshman undergrad, to last semester grad (me!). We had a mix of majors, male and female, artists and non-artists. To start out we went over some basic guide lines. Of course the typical waivers were signed as well (no telling personal information of others outside group, what is said there, stays there, privacy is a good thing…etc etc). As a group we put together a list of rules, and created a safe word. The safe word is interesting. I’d never participated in something like this, and I was at first quite intrigued with it. I’m glad we made it. For those who may read this and not know- a safe word is something anyone in the room may use. Perhaps a topic brings up bad memories, or a song in the background makes shivers go down your spine, or something is going on, and you do not feel comfortable, or perhaps you feel unsafe (with yourself, or others). Well, you just say that word, and no matter what it is- it is stopped. No questions asked. That song? it gets skipped over. That topic? It is changed… quite a great idea isn’t it?

Casey told us that most of the time she would not require us to all produce work on the same topic, but for this first week she would. We had to make a collage, or draw or whatnot about ourselves- tell something about you. It was interesting as most of us did some sort of tree. I am going to alter mine a bit before I put it up here, but when I do, this is where you will find it!

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