Mindfulness and Psychoeducation

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Belfast School of Art (2020) Visual Breathing [Watercolour on Watercolour Paper]. Belfast: Ulster University.

A wide range of studies have cited the many specific business benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshops, some of which are:

  • reduced stress and anxiety

  • improved memory and concentration

  • lower blood pressure

  • increased overall sense of wellbeing

  • reduced absenteeism

  • enhanced professional relationships

Anne Costello is a qualified mindfulness and yoga teacher and stress management consultant. She was formerly a public health nurse in Ireland and the USA. She has designed and delivered group and individual mindfulness and stress management programmes for business, community and the voluntary sector, including third level education.

For more information about Anne, please check-out her website: Wellness for Life

Website Link: https://www.wellness-for-life.co.uk/stress-management

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Psychoeducation 

Anne demonstrated many practical activities and experiences that could be adapted into art therapy. The making of  your centrepiece is also an artistic example of psychoeducation, in this sense of assembling objects that have meaning for you and a calming effect. It is a practical way to work with found objects to “still” life when life becomes overwhelming.

The Importance of Psycheducation for your Client’s Growth

https://arttherapyresources.com.au/psychoeducation/

Extracts from the link above:

“Psychoeducation encompasses a wide range of activities that educate your client about their psychological experiences and the avenues of therapeutic treatment available to them.

For example, if you have a client who is experiencing anxiety you could include psychoeducation about anxiety including symptoms, causes, triggers, and common experiences. Furthermore, as an art therapist, you can also educate your client on the use and benefit of art therapy in their treatment.

In this situation, you can help your client learn more about their experience of anxiety so they can understand their emotional experiences are common within the context of anxiety. By educating your client about art therapy you are also providing your client with the guidelines of treatment so they can make informed consent about treatment and it’s outcomes. Through psychoeducation your client can alleviate any potential fears about their behaviour and thoughts being “abnormal”.

Psychoeducation is a humanistic approach to including your client in the development and treatment of their own psychological experiences. Psychoeducation increases self-awareness and self-efficacy by providing clients with the tools to set goals for their treatment and overcome challenges as they progress through therapy.

When clients feel at their most vulnerable through their emotional experience, psychoeducation can help provide a sense of control through knowledge and understanding. This provides the client with a stronger sense of control over their condition through a more thorough degree of understanding what they are experiencing.”

Reference: Art Therapy Resources (link above)

Art Therapy Books on Mindfulness 

9781849059091 9781849054263-1

Journal Articles, Art Therapy and Mindfulness

The first article can be read in full by clicking the link, to read the other articles please search for the article through the Ulster University library.

http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/1737/mindfulness-based-art-therapy-a-review-of-the-literature

ONEBird: Integrating Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Art Therapy by Patricia Rose Williams, Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal. 

“Walkabout: Looking In, Looking Out, A Mindfulness Based Art Therapy Programme” by Caroline Peterson, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

“Affect Regulations, Mirror Neurons, and the Third Hand: Formulating Mindful Empathic Art Interventions” by Michael Franklin, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.