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Creators Club: Art Group for Siblings

Creators Club Art Group for Siblings

What is Creators Club?

Creators Club is an Art Group for siblings of Special Needs children. The purpose of Creators Club is to give siblings a safe and positive space to focus on themselves, discuss issues that are important to them, explore feelings, and foster friendships with other siblings.

What is Creators Club like?

Each session is conducted by an Art Therapist.  Participants will explore various art mediums as a form of self-expression and communication in a semi-structured setting.  At the conclusion of each session, participants will have an opportunity to share their work in a group setting and discuss.  Creators Club will meet once a week for 60 minutes.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is most concisely defined as “a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication” (British Association of Art Therapists) and is grounded in the belief that the process of making art provides avenues for communication and self-expression. Art Therapy is not about creating a masterpiece or perfecting technique but rather about allowing participants to explore feelings, reduce anxiety, resolve conflicts, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness. Ultimately, it is believed that through the creative process of making art, Art Therapy uses the  “knowledge of human development, psychological theories, and counseling techniques” to enhance physical mental and emotional well being of participants (Art Therapy Credentials Board).

Art therapists are trained in both art and therapy and must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice. "Educational requirements include theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family art therapy techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and internship experiences in clinical, community, and/or other settings." American Art Therapy Association

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