Coping Through Art: Mental Health Support Through Creative Exploration

No previous art experience is necessary or required.

This five-week group offers participants a chance to learn and explore new ways of coping with stress, grief, anxiety, depression and/or trauma through different weekly visual art activities. Participants are invited to engage in self-exploration and self-expression through a variety of art materials—without the expectation to do so verbally. The sessions facilitate increased emotional awareness/identification, relaxation, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, stress management, self-confidence, connections, and joy. Focusing on the process of art making, as opposed to the end product, is encouraged to challenge perfectionistic tendencies and practice mindfulness.

Supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring supplies/materials/small found objects they already own. The following art materials are NOT permitted: X-Acto blades, oil paints or pastels, spray paint or toxic chemicals/solvents.

The series is activity-based and may include brief discussion of concepts/skills. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the group at any time of the semester.

This group is a great way to access mental healthcare in a structured, psychoeducational format.

Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Student Services Building (SSB), CMHC, 5th Floor
100 DEAN KEETON ST W, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Health & Wellness

Departments

Division of Student Affairs

Target Audience

Students

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Website

https://cmhc.utexas.edu/groups.html

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