Late Fall Seminar 2014 Review: Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy & Mindfulness Practice presented by Laury Rappaport, Phd, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT
author: Steve Schreibman, LCSW
On December 7 Laury Rappaport, Phd, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT presented Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy & Mindfulness Practice at the Child Parent Institute in Rohnert Park.
The presentation began with a presentation about Focusing which is the mindful awareness of the body. We learned about a clinical practice attitude which welcomes and listens to what the body is offering us. The foundation of this practice is based on the principals of: being present, creating a safe healing space, reflection, communication, empathy, clinical sensitivity and grounding.
The overriding attitude of this practice is to bring a friendly, non critical, non judgmental attitude to conflicts or issues that might be coming up. Self criticism was something to dialog with and something to be treat with curiosity. Ones issues are to be visualized and held,
In the days practice we were given a hugh array of fine art materials to express the issues our body was presenting. We had private time and time to dialog with fellow participants.
We were also given training in mindfulness practice as we furthered our non judgemental awareness while becoming present. We learned to become aware without criticism as we grounded ourselves in our breath. Positive affirmations were offered, such as the words "breathe in flower, breathe out fresh"; "breathe in mountain, breathe our solid." We concluded our process by creating imagery reflecting our inner awareness.
We were also shown videos using these skills with clients. Various client practices included bringing a theme to a group; creating a clear space to create so to further ones awareness and the use of process oriented individual therapy
For myself i was taken by the affirmation to breath in the image of a mountain and to breath out solid.
My art was a mountain with my golden glittered head atop.
Thank you Laury for a very inspiring heart felt afternoon. We left with practical tools to take to our practice and with a sense of well being among our fellow art therapists.
This blog is authored by members of our board, regional representatives and by various guest authors who are NorCATA members.