Laury Rappaport, Ph.D, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT, and Certifying Focusing Coordinator,...
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I visited the Paarpakani exhibition in Adelaide earlier this year and was intrigued and inspired by what I saw. The wonderful creatures made by the members of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers were fantastic. The colourful whimsical creatures were made of a combination of natural materials and found objects. You can see some of their creations here. Paarpakani I […]
Following from the very successful Art Therapy + Happiness Project 2013 and 2014 we are about to launch the ATHP 2015. Last year we had participants from 40 different countries making this a truly international project. Already we have registrations coming in from all around the world. This year we have recruited Emily Johnson Welsh to […]
Chronic pain – a physical, psychological, social and spiritual problem – Reflections from the NZ Pain Society Conference
I have just returned from the New Zealand Pain Society annual conference that I was able to attend through the support of NZPS. Sadly this year there was no art exhibition and I think I may have been the only expressive therapist in the audience. However, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an insightful and pleasurable, learning […]
One of the questions I am asked frequently is what does an arts therapist do? I know what I do but I also know that others out there may work quite differently to me. I have had the privilege of meeting some of these wonderful arts therapists either in person or in cyber space. We are a diverse lot and I think […]
As we have been focusing on Gratitude recently at Art Therapy + Happiness I paid attention when I came across the “Lasting Benefits Experiment”. This online research project is being run by Mr Reuben Rusk, a PhD candidate in the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. “The aim of the study is to investigate […]
Over the past several weeks I have been partaking in Susannah Conway‘s e-course Unravel Your Life. This e-course is described as “a creative journey that takes you back to the heart of who you truly are. Using photography and journalling to access hidden thoughts & feelings, encourage personal realisations…” As a keen photographer and art therapist I was intrigued […]
Life is full of puzzles, is it not? And although we continue to try we can not solve them all. However, over at Art (Therapy) + Happiness we decided to share the puzzle of what makes our lives meaningful through an art swap using actual puzzles. I sourced 10 identical blank puzzles of 20 pieces […]
‘Without the coat, nothing would have happened as it did’ “So begins the story of the Puppet Boy of Warsaw , a young Jewish boy called Mika …” I was driving home not long ago and I heard a Radio NZ book review. I didn’t hear it all but the reference to puppets had me hooked. I immediately downloaded the […]
I have just returned from the New Zealand Pain Society Conference. The conference was an enjoyable learning experience for me. As well as presenting a paper on art therapy I was asked to organise an exhibition of art work completed by patients who have chronic pain. I was a little nervous about how my presentation and […]