During my second term of studying for my Master’s in Counseling Psychology, myself and a few friends began meeting as a small group of future therapists who were curious about art-therapy. We wondered how it could be used for practicing techniques we might someday want to use with clients, and as a way for us as individuals in an intense masters program to slow down, reconnect with our artistic selves, and, as friends, enjoy an art night that was a little deeper than surface appearances.
Our group has grown, but the focus remains the same: practicing the skills of facilitating an art therapy group while also experiencing the benefits of participation. Each week all who are interested in practicing leading an art therapy group take turns choosing a prompt and a medium, and leading the group through the introduction, production, and reflection portion of our group meetings.
I think some of our topics and mediums used have been particularly creative, unusual, and low cost, so I wanted to begin sharing some of them.
Art Therapy Group Prompts:
Something I’ve Grieved
Tell A Story Of ____
Classroom Chalkboard & Chalk Pastels
Non-dominant Hand Drawing
Discarded Library Book
Books And Sharpies (For Black Out Poetry)
Thrifted Shoes & Acrylic Paint