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March 12, 2006

creata: communicating through visual symbols

by gl. at 10:04 pm

this is the tenth in a series of posts about workshops sponsored by CREATA during Creative Arts Therapy week. just one more to go! session date mar09.

the rest of the title for this session was "The Use of Stimulus Objects in Working with Cognitively Frail Individuals" and it should have been my first clue to skip it: by "cognitively frail," she mainly meant "geriatric." a speaker from vancouver, she had an odd affect and i couldn't often tell when she was being funny or serious. with her red hair and tall boots, it was like being lectured by tori amos. but the most frustrating part was that we didn't seem to get to "communicating through visual symbols;" after talking about the causes & effects of dementia, we only talked about "the use of stimulus objects" -- participants finish a half-drawn image or make a story/relationship between two images. we were given a HUGE packet about memory disorders and after a guided meditation through a museum, we were asked to draw a statue that represented how we were feeling right then:

she was meant to have legs, i swear.

posted by gl. | March 12, 2006 10:04 PM | categories: classes & workshops