With Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC & Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC
- Saturday, November 23, 10am-3pm
Giving thanks and experiencing gratitude can be immensely healing during times of stress. Research has shown that focusing on the things that we appreciate and for which we are grateful increases happiness and a sense of feeling connected to others. In this workshop, we will engage in writing exercises and art-making designed to identify our blessings and create a tangible visual reminder of the things in our life for which we are thankful.
A range of small cardboard, paper mache, and wood boxes will be provided. You may also bring your own box and any personally meaningful objects that you might want to include in your gratitude boxes. We will use paint, collage, beads, material, yarn, wire, and found objects, to uniquely decorate our gratitude boxes. This workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience – you need not consider yourself an artist to attend.
For art therapists who wish to receive CEUs, the workshop objectives are:
- Objective 1) Attendees will be able to identify current research on the effects of gratitude on wellbeing.
- Objective 2) Attendees will be able to list three ways that thanksgiving and gratitude help us manage and recover from adversity.
- Objectives 3) Attendees will be able to list three strategies for incorporating art therapy techniques such as gratitude boxes into our personal and professional practice.
About Rebecca Wilkinson and Gioia Chilton
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, and Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC are both Registered and Board Certified art therapists with twenty years of experience in mental health and in facilitating training and workshops. They serve as adjunct faculty at George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and provide continuing education and development through the Potomac Art Therapy Association. They also serve as core faculty of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, facilitating supportive workshops for clients affected by life threatening illness and the professional providers working with them. They are co-founders of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC, which provides training, consultation, and clinical therapy designed to reduce stress, prevent burnout and increase life satisfaction and wellbeing.
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