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Butte County Art Therapy
​Support Groups:
Monthly at Studio 561 in Chico

  • Monthly art therapy groups meet from 11:00am-4:00pm on the second Saturday of each month through December 2019
    Studio 561, 561 E. Lindo Avenue, Chico, CA​
  • Each group is led by a registered art therapist, accompanied by other art and health professionals 
  • Each meeting is a suggested donation of $5
  • Space is limited to 35 participants per group
  • Mixed classes: Photo, writing/poetry, painting, sculpture, textiles, found and natural materials
  • PTSD screening before each group
  • Class evaluation after each group​

Art can be:

  • A contained space for emotional and physical overwhelm
  • A contained space for emotive expression and self-reflection
  • An expression of the story and recognition of resilience and hope
  • A tactile, controlled medium for self-care and nurturing
  • A way to restructure materials that were effected by or the result of the fire
  • A way to find connection in community
  • Exploration and expression of self​​

Scheduled Art Therapy Groups:

March 9, 2019 ACT Anxiety Management Art Therapy with mixed media - facilitated by Katrina Bobo-Spraggins ATR, AMFT

April 13, 2019 - Visual Storytelling and Journaling Techniques with 2D mixed media. Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD 

May 11, 2019  Interactive Group Art Activities and guided imagery; learn ACT metaphors for anxiety, depression, and trauma - facilitated by Devora Weinapple, MFT, ATR-BC

June 8, 2019 – One canvas process painting. Tensions explored through active imagination, combining journaling with non-judgmental observation. Facilitated by Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, MA

July 13, 2019 - Photo Therapy and Expression Techniques in Art Therapy and Photography Fundamentals (Bring some sort of camera if you have one). Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate and Kelsey Sachs BFA in photography

Aug 10, 2019 - Inside/outside images for mind/body processing and increasing mindful awareness to decrease anxiety. There will also be a reiki/yoga practitioner there to do 15min (donation based) sessions with participants from 11-1.Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson, PhD, MA, ATR-BC

Sept 14, 2019 - When we read a good poem, we can be forever changed by the poet's words that often reflect emotions we are also experiencing.  Using imagery, metaphor, and inner music, we'll read and write poems to free ourselves in processing experiences that throw us off balance.  What's personal is universal.  Included: upper-body gentle yoga to soothe anxiety and complex trauma.
Facilitated by Devora Weinapple, MFT, ATR-BC.  Co-facilitator: Jean Varda, Visionary Poet, author of She Was Attached to Symmetry (2014)

Oct 12, 2019 - Japanese Sumi-e and Zen Shigajiku Butte County landscape
painting/drawing with ink made from Paradise fire cinders. Emphasis on
imagination simplicity, suggestion and harmony with nature.  Green matcha ink provided.  Facilitated by Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, MA

Nov 9, 2019 - Looking inside ourselves: expression through collage techniques. Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson PhD, MA, ATR-BC, co-facilitators: Jackie Stephens (former) Executive Director of 16 years, Davis Art Center, and Chris Sylvain RN.

Dec 14, 2019 - Textile exploration of yarns and fabric in conjunction with nature. Taking self nurturance outside the self and the studio while intertwining the fabrics of our lives in community.  Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson PhD, MA, ATR-BC

Please feel free to sign up to attend specific workshops (if you have not done so already). Please note that there is limited space available and some groups are almost filled.

If you know anyone who could benefit from these groups please pass this information along.

If you have any questions please feel free to reply to this email.

Thank you!

Take care, Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate 

NorCATA Acting President and Central Valley Regional Representative

Above: NorCATA art therapists at the Butte County Healing Arts Festival in Chico, CA on January 5, 2019

For the Festival, NorCATA art therapists selected a location at the Chico Mall so that there would be open and easy access to public transportation, that there would be more opportunity for fire evacuees to attend, and that the community would be there to participate even if they hadn't heard about the Festival prior to the event.

For ongoing support, NorCATA will be offering monthly art therapy groups at Studio 561 led by a registered art therapist and other facilitators.  Parents, kids, and teens welcome! 

Volunteers are needed to lead or co-lead one or more art therapy support groups.  Contact Cynthia for more information, or to volunteer.

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