Seattle Nonprofit Help Teens Affected by Hurricane Katrina

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Art with Heart to donate art therapy journals/lead workshops to help prevent post-traumatic stress

As the critical physical needs of the hundreds of thousands of Hurricane victims are met, the emotional impact of the devastation will emerge. Youth displaced by the hurricane will be in need of mental healthcare services in order to prevent depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a powerful and persistent reaction to trauma. Teens who experience PTSD are at risk for developing ongoing mental health concerns, which, if not treated, could affect them for their entire lives.

Through a relationship with the Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Seattle nonprofit organization, Art with Heart, is donating its recently published journal, an art therapy workbook entitled “Chill & Spill: A Place to Put it Down and Work It Out,” to meet the emotional needs of teens dealing with the aftermath of the hurricanes. Along with the donation of over 1,000 books, Art with Heart will also be conducting training for school counselors and others who wish to learn about how to identify symptoms of PTSD and utilize the workbooks to aid in emotional healing. They will also conduct artistic workshops with kids in shelters.

The training workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Alexandria. Art with Heart volunteer, co-author and trainer Jeanean Jacobs, MA, ATR-BC, CPAT, CPC is a Registered Art Therapist, Professional Coach, Juvenile Sexual Offender Counselor, Life Space Crisis Intervention Counselor, and Safe Crisis Manager from Seattle. The training is free and open to school counselors and other interested parties in Louisiana.

"Chill & Spill," was created specifically for youth suffering from trauma-induced stress to help reduce the future impact. The book is a tool to help compensate for the overwhelming number of youth affected and the limited number of professional mental health counselors available.

The book can be seen or ordered online at http://www.artwithheart.org/shop. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to help Art with Heart distribute books to teens affected by Hurricane Katrina, visit http://www.artwithheart.org.

About Art with Heart

Art with Heart is committed to empowering youth with the tools to deal with crisis through creative publications that foster self-expression. In Seattle, they work directly with children, partnering with other children’s organizations to supplement and strengthen their artistic outreach. Nationally, they distribute publications that serve to provide an emotional outlet for children dealing with trauma or serious illness. They believe that creative expression has a profound impact on the mental state of a child as well as long-lasting positive effects within the community.

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