Beyond Art Therapy Drawing Technique:
This is a fun and creative way to do a family portrait, or family genogram for your clients and students. You can add a Christmas Tree as the base for your tree lights if you wish.
Analyze the colors of the lights as part of your interpretation for art therapy. See the “Color Psychology” link below.
Materials for Beyond Art Therapy Project:
Legal Size Paper
Directions for Beyond Art Therapy Technique Project:
1. Ask you client / student to draw a squiggle line that they will soon draw tree lights on. Show them a string of holiday lights and explain that all families are connected, sometimes in the same way.
2. Next, ask your client / student to use their thumb to make the light bulbs. Encourage them to make different colors to represent different family members. Using a marker, color your thumb and stamp it on the string of lights.
3. Talk to the client / student, about the light bulbs. Who represents each light bulb? Are they close together? Who is next to who on the string of lights?
4. You can also create a Christmas tree drawing and add the lights to this tree.
5. Explain to your client / student, that some lights shine brighter than others in families.
As with all tree lights some lights won't work. It is interesting to see where each light falls on the tree. Is it on the top, middle, or bottom of the tree?
6. This can also be used for Friendship & Social Skills. It can also be used as a unique and different genogram.
"Beyond Art Therapy" takes your clients further than traditional art therapy as it includes creative counseling techniques.
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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