Art psychotherapy is a well-established treatment method that uses art materials, assessments and processing (verbal and non-verbal) by a Master’s level credentialed art therapist to activate sensory responses and generate imagery that is directly connected to emotions. The use of art experientials is known to improve the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of patients of all ages. Participants use art supplies: paper, canvases, colored pencils, oil pastels, markers, paint, paint brushes, self-hardening clay, beads, wire, pom-poms, textiles, feathers – to effectively support personal and relational treatment goals as well as foster self-esteem and self-awareness. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is also known to cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change. For more information, contact Janis Kaufman at Jkaufman@nso-mi.org or to donate click here.