Creative Wellness Practice for Mental Health Care Providers
Creativity, specifically using art expression is a key component to a well-balanced practice as a mental health professional. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants, from student to seasoned professional, to explore the challenges and gifts of working within the mental health field. Research on the emotional effects of prolonged and repeated exposure to clients’ traumatic stories will be explored (Talwar, 2007), including an overview of the impairment continuum and risk factor symptomatology (Gentry, 2002). Participants will engage in creative strategies to address these challenges as well as focus on ways to engage in creative practice to integrate personal wellness strategies. Helm (2014) and Samoray (2006) studies on the healing effects of creative expression experienced by people who identify themselves as having compassion fatigue, supported creative expression aided in reducing stress and managing symptoms. Utilizing various art materials and media engages and integrates the whole brain for optimal functioning (Hinz, 2009, Lusebrink, 2012). Dress for a mess, the day will be filled with creative exploration and rejeuvenation!