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The Art of Healing from Sibling Loss – Teen Art Therapy Group

Ideal for: Teens (12-17 years old) who have lost a sibling

When there is a loss, our holistic health is severely disrupted and set off balance. In the six-week group, we will use art-making and dialogue to help build coping mechanisms in response to your sibling loss. We will draw upon the Indigenous medicine wheel to focus on creating and maintaining a balance between your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health. This group will be led virtually by Professional Métis Art Therapist, Tayler Schenkeveld.

What is Art Therapy? 

Art therapy is a therapeutic model that uses art-making as a vehicle to improve your holistic health. The process of creating art and reflecting on themes and metaphors with the help of the professionally trained art therapist can bring forward your inner thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate in words. 

You do not need to be an artist to benefit from art therapy. In art therapy, the emphasis is based on the process and self-expression, not necessarily the final product. Art therapy also aligns with the belief that everyone is innately creative. 

Group art therapy can help you feel supported and normalized as you work through their emotions. It is a safe, non-judgmental space for all peoples to express themselves, heal, and grow.  

The Medicine Wheel 

According to the Indigenous worldview, the world operates in sets of fours – four seasons, four directions, four stages of life, four elements, four times of the day. Within the self, there are also four areas of health – physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental. The medicine wheel is a circle that is broken down into four quadrants – representing the balance between all these aspects. It serves as a visual reminder that all areas of our life need to be balanced for us to be well.  

When there is a loss, our own holistic health is severely disrupted and set off balance. Through the six-week group we will use art and dialogue to help build coping mechanisms in response to your sibling loss. We will focus on creating and maintaining a balance between your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health. The schedule of the group will be as follows: 

Week 1  

Theme: Introductions and intention setting 

Art Activity: Intention Sticks/Prayer Arrows – Prayer arrows are a traditional art form that comes from the Huichol tribe of Northern Mexico. It helps you focus on and set intentions or hopes for the future.  We will be focusing on what you hope to get out of the group.  

Materials needed: stick/s, embroidery thread, white glue, feathers (optional)

Week 2 

Theme: Physical health – my body (ie. Exercise, healthy eating habits, stretching, knowing when to rest) 

Art Activity: Spontaneous art-making in response to the questions: how can my physical health be more balanced? What would it look like to be physically well? How can I grieve while also taking care of my physical health? 

Materials optional: polymer clay (bakeable clay), paints, drawing materials, natural materials (ie. Sticks, pinecones, rocks, leaves etc.), adhesive materials (ie. Hot glue, white glue, stick glue, string/yarn) 

Week 3 

Theme: Emotional Health – my heart and feelings (ie. Expressing my feelings, journaling, hugging) 

Art Activity: Spontaneous art-making in response to the questions: how can my emotional health be more balanced? What would it look like to be emotionally well? How can I grieve while also taking care of my emotional health? 

Materials optional: paints, drawing materials, natural materials (ie. Sticks, pinecones, rocks, leaves etc.),  adhesive materials (ie. Hot glue, white glue, stick glue, string/yarn) 

Week 4 

Theme: Mental Health – my brain and thoughts (ie. Meditation, reducing stress, knowing when to reach out to professionals and/or loved ones) 

Art Activity: Spontaneous art-making in response to the questions: how can my mental health be more balanced? What would it look like to be mentally well? How can I grieve while also taking care of my mental health? 

Materials optional: paints, drawing materials, natural materials (ie. Sticks, pinecones, rocks, leaves etc.),  adhesive materials (ie. Hot glue, white glue, stick glue, string/yarn) 

Week 5 

Theme: Spiritual Health – what feeds my soul (ie. Religion/spirituality practices, hobbies, being in  nature, connecting socially) 

Art Activity: Spontaneous art-making in response to the questions: how can my spiritual health be more balanced? What would it look like to be spiritually well? How can I grieve while also taking care of my spiritual health? 

Materials optional: paints, drawing materials, natural materials (ie. Sticks, pinecones, rocks, leaves etc.),  adhesive materials (ie. Hot glue, white glue, stick glue, string/yarn)

Week 6 

Theme: Closing and resourcing 

Art Activity: Resourcing Box – We will create and/or decorate a box that will be a place to put all your artistic creations in. It can be a good place to return to if you feel out of balance in the future. 

Materials needed: a box of any size (ie. Shoebox, clothing box, found or handmade box), and any art  materials desired to individualize and decorate the outside of the box (ie. Paint, objects hot glued on,  drawing materials etc.)

 

The Art of Healing from Sibling Loss – Child Art Therapy Group

Ideal for: Children (7-11 years old) who have lost a sibling

This six-week therapeutic group is a creative expression of a child’s grief and loss journey. It supports children to develop evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioural coping skills, while honouring an Attachment Framework. These skills will enhance a child’s understanding of the interconnection between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The clinician will welcome each child into an inclusive group environment and promote building a diverse community. Each session will incorporate mindfulness, a guided creative or artistic activity, followed by a reflection and open discussion. Throughout the six weeks, your child will have the opportunity to practice a variety of coping skills to gain confidence that aligns with their individual uniqueness.

Who is this group for?

Children between the ages of 7-11 years old whose family has experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Absolutely no “artist” skill is required, only an openness to try.

When do we meet?

Tuesday evenings beginning February 9, 2021 – March 16, 2021

Time we meet? 

4:30pm-5:30pm

Where do we meet?

The comfort and security of your own home via Zoom.

Facilitated by Abby Heck