St. Joseph's Health Centre Presentation
March 25, 2009
ART THERAPY - CREATING A THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH LOSSES
Esther Zeller is a registered Art Therapist who works with group and individual older adults in her private practice “Art Dynamics” in Toronto. She is on faculty at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and a sessional instructor at Laurentian University where she teaches, “Art Therapy and Aging”. Her presentation will include visual case studies of older adults with varying levels of physical and cognitive ability.
30th Annual Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference
The Canadian Mosaic
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 7, 2009
Behavioural Activation: Switching on with Art Therapy:
Abstract: Clients who have difficulties and challenges are often dealing with sadness and/or depression. Behavioral Activation is a structured approach that focuses on helping clients change their behavior and decrease their sadness or depression. Research shows that depressed patients who were treated with Behavioral Activation or BA benefited as much as patients who received CBT Cognitive Behavior Therapy and/or ADM – Antidepressant medications (Persons, J. B., Davidson, J., Tompkins, M. A., 2001; Dimidjian, S., Dobson, K., S., et al. 2006).
Therapist gets creative
Patients use art to express emotions
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Who knew you could equate red meat with personal conflict?
It could be a symbol of how powerful carnal urges and irascible dispositions can compromise reasoned and careful attempts to improve quality of life. It might represent a person wrestling with the idea of becoming a vegan. It may unearth a painful childhood memory of how someone burned a hand on a barbecue, uncovering a fear of fire or heat. And it all might start with drawing something as simple as a hamburger.