Art Therapy Master’s Project Gala
You are invited to celebrate our students at the Summer 2017 Art Therapy Master’s Project Gala on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served from 4 to 4:30, followed by the following presentations:
Nicole Ross, Cherie Pfeiffer, Shannon Feehan
“Liberté, Egalité, Sororité: Does Feminist Art-Based Group Therapy Empower Women Emerging through Trauma?”
The purpose of this mixed-method study was to see if a feminist-based, eight-week art therapy group was an effective modality for women to re-story their life narrative as related to their trauma. Data was collected qualitatively and quantitatively both pre- and post-intervention. Themes that arose were feelings of isolation, guilt, shame, responsibility, and the desire for connection. After attending this group for eight weeks data demonstrated that the attendees had decreased symptoms related to their trauma and a more empowered outlook on their own narratives.
Kim McAndrews and Bonnie Walchuk
“Supporting a Rural Community with Art-Based Experientials Following a Natural Disaster”
On March 22, 2014, a major mudslide in Washington state devastated the rural communities of Oso, Arlington, and Darrington—43 people lost their lives. Following a natural disaster, survivors continue to live with the aftermath long after initial relief services stop. Despite an increased awareness of factors associated with post-disaster adjustment, such as posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, loss, and, grief, few studies have focused on art-based experientials as a source of long-term support. The purpose of this participatory action study was to understand how art-based experientials can support a rural community two to three years following a natural disaster. The researchers share how, out of necessity, this study expanded beyond the initial story of the community to included adaptation to the community. Dan Rankin, Mayor of Darrington, wonderfully identified this art-based research experience as “Kim and Bonnie’s story of adaptation.”
Using community photovoice as a way to empower the Native American community, and creating a platform for their voices to be heard on ways to improve mental health services while engaging in a culturally appropriate art therapy modality.