Art As A Healing Tool

Lecturers, and college counselors have understood for years the power of Art in soothing souls. When skills are developed and honed, art will be highly effective in treating trauma or crisis.

Learning to apply the expressive arts to heal pain, needs understanding the weather of a “crisis”, and also the goals and objectives in crisis intervention. It’s this understanding, that allows a coach to apply art and music, beyond instruments of enjoyment, into tools for treating pain. Art can become a focused kind of play therapy.

The Chinese outline “crisis” as each a downside and opportunity, relying upon how the crisis is viewed. A “crisis” leaves a serious impact on adults and on children, and that crisis will create modification for higher or worse.

When the passengers boarded United Airlines, leaving Logan International Airport in Boston, on nine/11/2001, it was by all accounts an ordinary day. At the top of the day, all of these passengers were dead, and we tend to were forever changed. Everyone old enough to remember that day can tell you what they were doing, where they were, and the impact the day had on them. Those closest to the crisis, like families of passengers that died, or families of people inside of the dual towers, or residents living in New York, felt it the most acutely, but all people felt the impact. And, the impact of that day changed us forever.

Crisis or trauma happen this way. Standard days flip into extraordinary days suddenly, and unexpectedly. We tend to are walking through life, with normal ups and downs, and suddenly and abruptly, one thing happens, and our world changes. This is called the “hazardous event”..

The emotions spiral downward, and we have a tendency to are left speechless, in an exceedingly state of shock, and out of sorts. Vulnerability happens. Tension rises, and traditional downside solving strategies no longer appear effective. Feelings of depression, and hopelessness set in, and a few regression of ego happens to a additional primitive state. The state of “active crisis” sets in, and the imbalance will last between four to six weeks.

At the top of the six weeks, the person will come back to the same level of “balance” they experienced before the crisis, or they can be performing at the next state than prior to the crisis, or a lower state of functioning before the crisis, but they can not be at the identical devastating place as after they were within the active part of the crisis. Their world could no longer be the same, it may be forever changed, but they can not be in the extreme turmoil experienced during the initial days.

As teachers it can be your responsibility to help children deal with crisis or trauma, and traditional ways of “talk” just could not work. You may not recognize the way to help. You may not understand what to do. Traditional methods may need to be replaced with non – conventional methods.

The goals of crisis intervention should be to alleviate the symptoms, help restore youngsters to at a minimum the previous level of functioning, understand what happened that led to the current crisis, and help determine accessible resources, and supports.