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Expressive Arts for Mental Health: Play, Process & Perspective

Expressive Arts for Mental Health: Play, Process & Perspective
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In-Person Workshop

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 10:30 AM-12:30 PM EST: REGISTRATION FULL

The workshop series, "Expressive Arts for Mental Health," is a series of workshops where artists from all disciplines come together to explore how art-making in the community can support mental health. The focus is on using art for self-reflection and discovery, rather than on creating a final product.  

The first session "Play, Process & Perspective" introduces participants to the concept of intermodal art-making as a practice for self-inquiry—participants explore and learn through a direct encounter with diverse artistic processes and materials with an emphasis on play, process, and perspective. Participants may walk away with a new perspective on how art making as a practice can help with continued self-discovery. This session aims to lay the groundwork for participants to continue exploring these practices in pursuit of their personal and professional health goals. 

About the Workshop Facilitator

An actor at heart, Jennifer is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and is currently completing her education in Expressive Arts Therapy at the CREATE Institute in Toronto. Her academic credentials include a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas College, and a diploma in Personal Fitness Training from NAIT.  As a lifelong learner, her therapeutic approach is collaborative, non-pathologizing, grounded in science, and recognizes the value of the arts in health and well-being. She is passionate about harnessing artistic expression to navigate life's complexities and her experiences have underscored the importance of a resilient and diverse artistic identity in fostering a sustainable and lifelong engagement with the arts.