Thursday, November 10, 2011

Free Lecture on the Importance of Positive Emotions

Positive Psychology and Art Therapy: The Importance of Positive Emotions Free Lecture @ George Washington University, Alexandria, VA

Positive Psychology and Art Therapy: The Importance of Positive Emotions
Free Lecture at George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program
Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA-ATR-BC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
11:00 Am – 12:15 Pm
(1.25 CEC’s available, free for PATA members, $10 administrative fee for non-members*)
This workshop with include a brief overview of the field of Positive Psychology, the science of happiness. We will focus most in depth on the contributions of Barbara Fredrickson in her work on Positive Emotions and their ability to broaden perception and build resilience. The evolutionary function of negative and positive emotions will be explored. We will examine art therapy’s role in promoting positive emotions. Art Therapy interventions for increasing positive emotions will be explored.
Objective 1) Attendees will be able to list two characteristics of Positive Psychology.
Objective 2) Attendees will be able to describe Barbara Fredrickson’s broaden and build theory of positive emotions.
Objective 3) Attendees will be able to list three ways that art therapy promotes positive emotions in our clients.
Held at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program, 413 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. To register call 202 352 5225. Facilities are handicap accessible.
Creative Wellbeing Workshops is co-sponsor of this event with the Potomac Art Therapy Association (NBCC provider #6500) and the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program. The Potomac Art Therapy Association may award NBCC approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. Creative Wellbeing Workshops and the Potomac Art Therapy Association and the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program maintain responsibility for the content of this event.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ATR Supervision Group

Now Forming!
Postgraduate Supervision Group for
Art Therapists

For those seeing ATR Certification with the Art Therapy Credentials Board

Starting January, 2012, time TBA

Announcing the formation of a new kind of ATR supervision group focused on infusing the practice of art therapy with positive psychology principles, led by Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC and Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC, art therapists with 20 years of clinical experience.


 Earn post-graduate art therapy supervision hours from Registered and Board Certified Art Therapists, as required to become credentialed by the ATCB as a Registered Art Therapist (ATR).

 Deepen therapeutic understanding of the meaning of client’s artwork and process

 Promote positive change, even in the absence of insight or strong motivation

 Identify “Signature Strengths” in ourselves and our clients

 Prevent burnout through the creative process

 Strategize how to maximize art therapy’s impact in your workplace

 Find a warm and supportive group of like-minded clinicians

Convenient time & location,
in Northwest Washington, DC, USA
Metro Accessible

Contact Rebecca at 202 352 5225 or Contact Gioia at 703 869-6395



Note: Becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) requires the completion of master’s level education (including art therapy core curriculum and supervised practicum and internship experiences) and post-education supervised clinical experience. The ATCB confers the ATR to applicants who provide appropriate documentation. Please see http://www.atcb.org/ for more information.


What people say about Gioia & Rebecca:

“Focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses was incredibly empowering and even life-changing. What a gift for me! What a tool to share with others! It truly expands one's perspective.”
--Kelly Hartland, M.A.


“Gioia and Rebecca have an air about them that is fundamentally engaging and relevant."
Ezekiel Rothman, LPC, ATR-BC


"I was reminded of the importance of joy and making sure to find that in what I do”
--Robert Grant, LCAT, ATR-BC


"Keeping a focus on positive psychology is empowering for me and the client. I left their course each week feeling great."   --Hannah Wilson, M.A.



















Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CREATIVE JOURNALING SERIES

Crossings: A Center for the Healing Traditions
8505 Fenton Street, Ste 202
Silver Spring MD 20910
301-565-4924



Creative Journaling: Art and Writing to Increase Wellbeing

Creative Journaling combines writing with art-making to deepen the exploration and insight that can be gained from the journaling process. These workshops are designed for all ranges of artistic and writing experience—you need not consider yourself an “artist” or “writer” to attend and benefit. Participants will leave with specific and immediately applicable tools for increasing wellbeing. Being a journal you can do art work in. All other materials will be provided.

Where:
Crossings, Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, near Whole Foods


When: Saturdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Nov. 13, 2011

Time: 11 AM-12:45 PM

Who: Open to all

Cost in Advance: Pre-register $140 for series/$40 each individual session

At the Door: $50 per session at the door

To Register: Call 202-352-5225 or email rebecca@creativewellbeingworkshops.com


Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She is co-founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC, which provides workshops and training on creativity, wellbeing, and happiness. She also facilitates workshops through Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts and serves as adjunct faculty with the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program. She can be reached at rebecca@creativewellbeingworkshops.com or 202 352 5225.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kathryn Horn Coneway: When The Artist Listens

My friend Katheryn is doing some great work at Art at the Center, by listening and not taking away opportunities for success from the students. Check it out here Kathryn Horn Coneway: When The Artist Listens

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Collaborating on Happiness: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy

Slide show here:




Recently, Rebecca and I were invited to lead a terrific Advanced Practice Full-day Session at the American Art Therapy Association's 42nd Annual Conference, titled Collaborating on Happiness: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy. We explored the connection between Positive Psychology and Art Therapy and outlined strategies for increasing collaboration in these two complimentary fields to promote happiness in ourselves and our clients. Artwork on graditude, streangths, and on flow was created-you can see some of it in the slideshow.  The focus group we led a few days later was full and we sensed a real energy about this work. Our colleague Megan Booth visited from Australia, added a great deal of her wisdom to the presentations, and found her strength cards were very popular with American art therapists! You can purchase them here: http://www.hollyhoxpositiveresources.com.au/. Megan will join us at the upcoming IPPA conference, where we will keep up-to-date on the latest science of happiness!

Click back to our web site to check our calendar for more upcoming events and workshops!http://creativewellbeingworkshops.com/calendar-2

In community,
Gioia
Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC
Ph.D. Student, Creative Arts Therapies Program, Drexel University
Adjunct Faculty, The George Washington University, Marymount University

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Art of Happiness: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy


The Art of Happiness:
Positive Psychology and Art Therapy
Friday, June 24, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Would you like to increase life satisfaction, meaning, and engagement for your clients and yourself? Discover what makes people of all ages happier, and how to increase personal and professional happiness? Who is happy? Why be happy? Can creative endeavors contribute to happiness, and if so, how? These questions and more will be explored through an introduction to Positive Psychology, the science of happiness.

Positive psychology seeks to help us identify and build upon character strengths as tools to increase well being. We will explore the connection between Positive Psychology and art therapy and offer strategies for using creative endeavors to increase engagement, mastery, and flow.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Art therapists, counselors, mental health professionals, and anyone interested in improving happiness in themselves and those around them.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

The 'live' Webinar session is free, but does not include a CEC. The Webinar will be converted into an online distance learning course for 1 CEC available through the Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy (ICE/AT). The course module via ICE/AT for AATA Members is $18 and $25 for non-members. The online distance learning course is expected to be available by mid-July 2011.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY:

“Incredibly empowering and even life-changing. What a gift for me! What a tool to share with others! It truly expands one's perspective.” -Kelly Hartland

“One of best lectures I've attended in a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” -Cynthia Hart

PRESENTERS:

Gioia Chilton, M.A., ATR-BC and Rebecca Wilkinson, M.A., ATR-BC are registered and board certified art therapists, and authors of Positive Art Therapy: Envisioning the Intersection of Art Therapy and Positive Psychology published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy in 2009. Gioia & Rebecca are both Adjunct Faculty with The George Washington University and co-founders of www.creativewellbeingworkshops.com.

To register and for more information:


https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/795659049


We hope you'll sign up! Also, at the upcomming AATA conference http://www.arttherapyconference.com/
 Rebecca and I will give the all-day, art-filled, in-depth version of this Wensday July 6th, then host a focus group on Friday June 8th! Special guest will be Megan Booth of Hollyhox Postive Resoures, http://www.hollyhoxpositiveresources.com.au/
art therapist from Australia!


Hope to meet you at any of these upcoming events!

Gioia

Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC, Co-founder, Creative Wellbeing Workshops
Creative Arts Therapies Ph.D. Program, Drexel University
Adjunct Faculty, The George Washington University, Marymount University

http://creativewellbeingworkshops.com/


Thursday, June 9, 2011

A vision of the future

What if all our dreams could come true? 
What if life was moving towards goodness? 
What if justice and joy were increasing? 
What if love and hope were available to all persons?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spirit Figures Inspired by Strengths

Marymount University undergraduate students made these lovey spirit figure dolls in my Introduction to Art Therapy course.   I told them, "Today we will be making spirit figures to identify and celebrate a quality or virtue that you would like to increase in your life.  Examples of quality or virtues you may want to focus on include: appreciation, gratitude, joy, hope, optimism; freedom from anxiety and depression; health, humor and playfulness—chose any of these to focus on as you work or feel free to add your own.  If you’d like, you can write down the name of the attribute you’ve chosen, and tuck it inside your figure as you make it."



The students really liked making these figures, and surprised themselves a bit at how lovely the figures turned out, and found a lot of meaning in the process of identifing a special quality in thier lives.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stressed out? Try Relaxation through mindfulness!

Stressed out?  Try meditation!  Here are some great links to get you started:
UCLA MARC mindful meditation podcasts (several from 3 - 19 minutes):
http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22

Center for Contemplative Mind podcasts (several from 5 - 10 minutes): http://www.contemplativemind.org/resources/audio.html

Relaxation/mindfulness podcasts (scroll down to several from 6+ minutes): http://www.allaboutdepression.com/relax/

Digital Guru video clips (several 2 min.):
http://www.balanceintegration.com/communications_media.php

 http://www.meditationoasis.com/podcast/

Thursday, February 17, 2011

From our recent Strengths Journaling workshop

Rebecca is leading a wonderful series of journaling workshops in Silver Spring, Md.  Here you see a page or two from my journal: we chose a strength to draw a symbol about in a small mandala; then added it to our journal and embellished. Yay!-it really help me to "live" the message I found in my art.
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