What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

This program is for a diverse population of children experiencing emotional distress or for parents who wish to provide a non-pressure and exploratory approach to the arts. Your child will learn tools for processing and expressing emotions and ideas in a positive and creative way.
Multimodal therapy/Integrated arts approach involves two or more expressive therapies to foster awareness, encourage emotional growth, and enhance relationships with others. Intermodal therapy distinguishes itself from its closely allied disciplines of art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, and drama therapy by being grounded in the interrelatedness of the arts.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy makes use of visual arts material, along with utilizing commonly available material in creative ways, which helps an individual engage with their emotions and thoughts in a space outside their body. It is a therapeutic means of dealing with emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behaviour, solving problems, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation, and increasing self-esteem (American Art Therapy Association, 2004).

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy uses music to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems (American Music Therapy Association, 2004).

What is Dance/Movement Therapy?

Dance/ Movement therapy is based on the premise that the body and mind are interrelated. It is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement and as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual. Dance/movement therapy effects changes in feelings, cognition, physical functioning, and behaviour (National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations, 2004b).

What is Drama Therapy?

Drama therapy is an embodied practice that is active and experiential. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced. (North America Drama Therapy Association, 2001)

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