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5 Day Create Wellbeing Challenge – Power Up Your Positive!

Join our 5 Day Create Wellbeing Challenge aimed at Powering Up Your Positive daily creative prompts, downloadable pdf’s and videos and the opportunity to connect and share with other like minds.

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Finding my Spirit

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 […]

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Art Therapy + Happiness Project 2015

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 […]

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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 […]

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Questions of Arts Therapists – Introduction

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 […]

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Gioia Chilton

Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC is a Provost Fellow and the first ever graduate of Drexel University’s Creative Arts Therapies Department new Ph.D. Program.  Her dissertation was titled, An Arts-Based Study of the Dynamics of Expressing Positive Emotions within the Intersubjective Art Making Process.  As adjunct faculty with three universities, Gioia teaches artistic inquiry to doctoral students at Mount Mary […]

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INTRODUCTION: Questions of Arts Therapists

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 […]

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Gratitude & Flow Experiment

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 […]

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Memories Take Time

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 […]

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Life is Puzzling

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 […]

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