Creative Techniques Help Children

Memphis – Christian Brothers University (CBU) will host a child art therapy training workshop, on Thursday, July 22 and Friday, July 23 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences, Room 105.

Catherine Rogers Jonsson, MFA, MA, ATR will facilitate the workshop, teaching participants various techniques to utilize in helping children work through problems affecting their lives. “Art therapeutic exercises, such as the ones offered in this workshop,” stated Jonsson, “provide a creative structure where children identify and express emotions, conflicts, foster self-awareness, explore problem solving, describe their identity, reveal relationship issues and increase self-esteem.” Beginning with a basic history of art therapy, the first day will focus mainly on the background of the field. Day two will include hands-on experiences to teach participants treatment exercises.

Art therapy uses the creative process to relieve stress, boost self-esteem and self-awareness and resolve internal conflicts. It is an established mental health profession that mixes visual art with counseling and psychotherapy to treat several vastly different issues such as anxiety, abuse, social apprehensions and addiction.

Jonsson is a registered art therapist with the American Art Therapy Certification Board. She received a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from University of Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Columbia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Stephens College; Columbia, Missouri and has studied European Art History at the University of Memphis.

To register for the workshop, visit http://www.paintedchild.com .

For more information about the workshop, contact Laura Mason lmason@cbu.edu or
(901) 626-6826.   ###

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