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Ingredient Overview

When using the Arts for the Blues model, all participants in the group are encouraged, without being pressured, to engage in creative activities such as drawing, creative writing and movement.

Typical examples of encouraging active engagement are associated with group activities such as scribbling exercises, hand gestures and postures, creative checking in, simple physical warm ups, and small creative or active homework (such as working with posture, journaling or experimenting with arts to increase vitality and psychological ‘flow’).

It is expected that the therapist will offer more encouragement for active engagement during the first three sessions than during the later phases of the life of the group when participants are more able to do it themselves.

Examples – Scribbling, hand gestures, body postures, creative checking in, simple physical warm up, small creative homework

'Encouraging Active Engagement' practitioner videos

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The reason why we ask you to register is because as these activities are therapeutic in nature, we want to ensure that people using them are safe to practice. It also allows us to understand what types of events or training opportunities may be best suited to you if you choose the option of being added to our mailing list. This is something that you can unsubscribe to at any time.