Catherine Rogers Jonsson Leads Art Therapy Workshops for Educators, Mental Health Providers: Healing Children Through Creativity

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Catherine Rogers Jonsson (MFA, MA, ATR) offers two workshops on Healing Children through Creativity at the University of Georgia – Athens at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on May 30-31, 2007 and at Johns Hopkins University on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore on June 4-5, 2007.

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Catherine Rogers Jonsson (MFA, MA, ATR) offers two workshops on Healing Children through Creativity at the University of Georgia – Athens at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on May 30-31, 2007 and at Johns Hopkins University on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore on June 4-5, 2007.

“Most children finger paint, draw with crayons and play with clay. These activities teach creativity which helps children in all aspects of life. When children become depressed, abused, traumatized or medically stressed art expression is a natural way to communicate difficult feelings. In fact, children need to learn to identify feelings and how to express them in socially acceptable ways,” said Catherine Rogers Jonsson.

The Healing Children through Creativity Workshops introduce the basic principles and practice of art therapy with emotionally and behaviorally troubled children to educators and mental health providers.

“Affective lessons are a key part of the treatment offered by Art Therapists through the therapeutic use of drawing, painting and sculpture. Art therapists also conduct art therapy evaluations which provide mental health clinicians and educators a vivid picture of a child's inner life,” Catherine Rogers Jonsson said.

The two-day workshops blend theories and experiential exercises offering a thorough introduction in use of visual art as a powerful treatment modality for children. Participants are provided with a large assortment of art materials and invited to draw, paint and sculpt art therapeutic exercises that help troubled and medically stressed children identify and express their thoughts, feelings, conflicts, strengths and increase their self-esteem and coping skills.

“Art therapeutic exercises, such as the ones offered in the workshops at the University of Georgia-Athens and Johns Hopkins University, 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. The goal of art therapy is to heal through creativity,” said Catherine Rogers Jonsson.

Catherine Rogers Jonsson, MFA, MA, ATR, is a registered art therapist with the American Art Therapy Certification Board (ATR, 1992) and a credentialed professional member of the American Art Therapy Association. She is a graduate of Columbia University in NYC (School of the Arts, MFA: Visual Art) and the University of Wisconsin-Superior (MA: Art Therapy). Catherine has conducted more than 15 art and creativity in healing workshops since 1992. She brings a mixture of compassionate insights, dynamic teaching and spirited humor to her art therapy-based workshops.

Information and registration: http://www.paintedchild.com
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