Touch Drawing Personal Use, Facilitating Touch Drawing
What brings you to an interest in Touch Drawing or SoulCards?
I am an art therapist and am interested in utilizing
touch drawing with individuals that I work with. I attended a
Touch Drawing workshop several years ago and have been using it for personal growth ever since.
My name is Jill. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am very interested in using art as a healing modality. I wish I had actually gotten my art therapy certification when UC Berkeley offerred their certificate program. I have a Master's in Arts & Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University's Arts Annex in Berkeley. I returned to my home state of Maine. I have been working as an Ed Tech III in a private school called KidsPeace in Ellsworth, ME. We work with emotional/behavioral and autistic children. I am curious what types of work/projects you do with autistic children and how are the results. Look forward to hearing from you. Jill
At 7:16am on July 23rd, 2008, Katrina Plato said…
I'll look at my file, but usually I facilitate a group for no less than three hours allowing enough time to open the space, go deep into the process, and some group sharing before we part. I trust my intuition in terms of what to ask the group, trusting the guidance in the moment both from the feel of the group and what enters my thoughts as we create the space. As Deborah does, I like to have people start with exploring the board with their hands and getting a feel not just of the board, but of their body rhythms. More often now I open the group with some energy movement, forms of Chi-Gung, to help us be aware of the energy flowing through us and then bring that to the board.
After I sense they are comfortable with the medium I have them draw a self portrait, and then open to any portraits that want to come through them as guardians to write to later.
I am sure I had them draw from the body, and if the group felt held, safe enough, to draw from their chest or their stories of life with breast cancer. I honestly can't remember the exact questions. I do remember they took off flying with their drawing and didn't need much direction, but this group knew each other. They already felt safe and did not need much encouragement.
I would recommend a weekend class. I have done an afternoon session on Saturday and a morning session on Sunday (or Friday night, Sat. morning) as a way to hold the group process to completion. OR maybe this group could meet the same time once a week for a few sessions? That would be my highest recommendation for this population.
Is that helpful?
Please let me know you received this. Thanks,Katrina
I just saw your post on the art therapy group site asking about fascilitating Touch Drawing for women with breast cancer. I lead such a group a couple years ago. My recommendation is to be aware of the need for a follow-up session withing three days to a week after the Touch DRawing session. The participants were lead into a deep drawing experience where words were not readily available. In a few days they needed to gather to talk about what they had experienced and share their stories of healing and revelation. It was powerful! I have facilitated several times. Let me know if there is anything I can help with from here. Blessings on your work.
Hey Anne! It's Mary Ernst! It's a great surprise finding you here.
I want to be doing TD with others and hope to start a group that meets once a month.Interested? I really want to move into offering TD as a facilitator. Would you like to meet soon and talk. I'd love to hear what you are doing now. By the way, do you still have my TD video? Welcome!