Friday, June 22, 2007

Graphic Design as Therapy

A teen girl waits for her dad to return from Iraq. But one morning her mom, with tears in her eyes, sits down to explain that she will never see her father again in this life, because he is now in heaven. The girl is saddened and mom doesn't know what to do.

Enter an innovative camp program, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS. Through this camp, youth are given the chance to heal while they are having fun. It is managed by some of America’s finest adolescent grief and trauma experts. The youth also develop lasting friendships in these camps.

One of their volunteers, Kathy Gotshall, director of the master of arts in art therapy program at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, uses art therapy to help in the grieving process during some time in May. Pat Jancosek, assistant professor of art at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, did research demonstrating that art education can have a powerful impact on the creative skills and learning of students. Her research centers around visual problem solving and understanding.

Read more about this in the TribStar publication in Indiana.

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