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Reducing Stress! Free Workshop, Sat, Feb. 14, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM Palisades Library, Wash, DC

Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being
Reduce your stress and feel more peace in 2015! Workshop designed for people experiencing high stress, low energy, and/or burnout. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies for creating immediate and lasting positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Free and open to the public.

Who: Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT of Creative Wellbeing Workshops
What: Lecture Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being
Where: Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW, Washington, DC  20007
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration: Contact:Rebecca@CreativeWellbeingWorkshops.com, call 202 352 5225, or just show up!
Cost: Free and open to the public

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a Licensed, Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with clients in acute distress in psychiatric hospitals and with patients struggling with life-threatening illness. She teaches at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and is core faculty with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts for people affected by cancer. She is founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops which provides training and consultation on preventing burnout and improving personal and professional wellbeing. She also provides specialized wellness, mindfulness, and arts-based counseling at Miraval Resorts in Tucson Arizona for 2 weeks out of the month.

Reducing Stress! Free Workshop, Sat, January 10, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM Cleveland Park Library

Reducing Stress! Free Workshop, Sat, January 10, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM Cleveland Park Library
Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being
Reduce your stress and feel more peace in 2015! Workshop designed for people experiencing high stress, low energy, and/or burnout. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies for creating immediate and lasting positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Free and open to the public.

Who: Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT of Creative Wellbeing Workshops
What: Lecture Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW  Washington, DC 20008
2nd Floor Meeting Room
When: Saturday, January 10, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM
Registration: Contact:Rebecca@CreativeWellbeingWorkshops.com, call 202 352 5225, or just show up!
Cost:
Free and open to the public

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a Licensed, Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with clients in acute distress in psychiatric hospitals and with patients struggling with life-threatening illness. She teaches at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and is core faculty with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts for people affected by cancer. She is founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops which provides training and consultation on preventing burnout and improving personal and professional wellbeing.   She also provides specialized wellness, mindfulness, and arts-based counseling at Miraval Resorts in Tucson Arizona for 2 weeks out of the month.

Reducing Stress! Free Workshop, Sat, December 13, 2015 10:00-11:30 AM Georgetown Palisades

Reducing Stress! Free Workshop, Sat, December 13, 2015 10:00-11:30 AM Georgetown Palisades

Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being
Reduce your stress and feel more peace in 2014! Workshop designed for people experiencing high stress, low energy, and/or burnout. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies for creating immediate and lasting positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Free and open to the public.

Who: Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT of Creative Wellbeing Workshops
What: Lecture Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being
Where: Georgetown Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW, Washington, DC  20007
When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00-11:30 AM
Registration: Contact:Rebecca@CreativeWellbeingWorkshops.com, call 202 352 5225, or just show up!
Cost: Free and open to the public

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a Licensed, Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with clients in acute distress in psychiatric hospitals and with patients struggling with life-threatening illness. She teaches at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and is core faculty with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts for people affected by cancer. She is founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops which provides training on preventing burnout and improving personal and professional wellbeing and has a small private practice in upper northwest DC.

Inner Strength Sanctuaries, Creativity Workshops Smith Center, DC, Sat, June 20, 2015, 12:30-5:30 pm

Inner Strength Sanctuaries, Creativity Workshops
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT and Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12:30-5:30 PM
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202 483 8600

Inner Strength Sanctuaries
The word “sanctuary” refers to a place of refuge or safety. In this art-based workshop, we will create small found object sculptures as sanctuaries to protect a quality or virtue that we would like to honor or increase in our lives. These inner strengths–such as gratitude, joy, hope, resilience, or humor—sometimes need a sacred haven. Together we will explore our sense of play, delight our senses, and create a shelter for the strengths we value in our lives.

This workshop is designed for all ranges of artistic experience–you need not consider yourself an artist to attend. Materials will be provided but attendees are also invited to bring any personally meaningful objects that they might want to include in their sanctuaries.

Snacks will be provided. Bring a box lunch. Lunch can also be gotten from healthy, reasonably priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

Objective 1) Attendees will be able to identify and list strengths using Peterson and Seligmans’s Character Strengths and Virtues.
Objectives 1) Attendees will be able to list three ways that focusing on character strengths help us manage and recover from adversity.
Objectives 3) Attendees will be able to list three strategies for using found objects and boxes as tools in art therapy for identifying and meeting therapeutic goals.

Suggested Donation $45
($55 for Continuing Education Credits*) To register or for more information contact Smith Center by calling 202-483-8600 Visit www.smithcenter.org or email heal@smithcenter.org
1632 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009
Metro accessible, Red & Green Lines

Smith Center programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

For mental health professionals
Creative Wellbeing Workshops is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider )(#6656) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events and programs that meet NBCC requirements. Creative Wellbeing Workshops is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Ubuntu–The Universal Bond that Connects Us All

I (Gioia) found a new word the other day: Ubuntu.  Apparently Ubuntu is a Zulu term for compassion and humanity, or human kindness.  It means, literally, “human-ness.” I had been looking for a way to describe what we witnessed recently when we were giving a keynote in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  We had been honored to participate in Sussex County Survivorship Coalition’s 3rd Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference, “After Ringing the Bell”.

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The conference focused on mind-body strategies for resilience.  Several speakers presented on yoga, mindfulness, and the power of photography to tell stories of survival.  Our topic was “Honoring resilience through creativity.”   We figured the 175 participants were experts in this area.  Their stories and art work eloquently revealed the unique ways they had managed their hardships and difficulties, coping with tough times as best they could.  One of the strategies mentioned most often was connecting with others.   Even more poignant, they spoke of how, even if they were very sick, kindness to others helped.  “Reach out and make someone’s day”, they advised, as those little acts of kindness, while they don’t make the cancer go away, helped to distract from their troubles.

For example, one woman shared a story in which she had been in her oncologist’s waiting area, anxiously bracing for feedback on her treatment.  Another patient in the waiting area complemented her on her coat, which happened to be her favorite winter-wear.  Later, the woman overheard her fellow waiting room friend reveal to the office staff that, on top of her illness, she was struggling financially.  After her appointment, she decided to leave her coat behind as a gift for the other woman, hoping that it might brighten the latter’s day.  Even though the news she, herself, had gotten from the doctor was not good, the act of giving something special to someone else who was struggling gave her some solace.

Although it might seem counterintuitive, the cancer survivors told us that being there for others when you’re suffering had been one of the things that helped them the most.  This was echoed in the support they gave each other there at the conference, as they did art work and shared their stories about the things that had kept them strong in their struggle with cancer.  So as I was writing this, and found the word Ubuntu, the universal bond that connects us all, it seemed clear to me that this encapsulated one of the most important elements of resilience.

Art Directive:  Journal about a time when you were struggling, yet still found a way to help someone else and it made you feel better. Make a piece of artwork in response.

Post your art work here by sending it to us or posting it on our Facebook page!

The Art In Scribbling

Download the PDF of the Scribble here

What’s in a Scribble?

What we “see” objectively can often change very quickly.  We recently ran a workshop at Montgomery County Government with Building Site Inspectors.  We had made a powerpoint on a simple white slide template and, because the facility did not have a screen on which to project the powerpoint, we projected it onto the wall made of grey cloth paneling.  When we asked the group to identify the background color of the powerpoint slide, several spontaneously declared “white!” but then corrected themselves and dubiously said “at least I think it’s supposed to be white…but it actually looks light blue.”  They quickly understood that their assumption had led them to “see” what they presumed.

These drawings were made by different people starting with the same scribble outline.  The artists were given paper with a scribble drawn on it and encouraged to find and develop an image (or multiple images) from the scribble, a technique that is often used in art therapy to loosen people up and inspire their imagination (usually they are encouraged to use their own scribble as the inspiration).  All of the artists saw dramatically different images and their final pictures show the unique directions they went.

One of the things that we love about art is that it can so easily and graphically illustrate our different perceptions, as these drawings so beautifully show. In art therapy, we might go further and encourage people to look at their drawings from different viewpoints–hold them up, step back, squint so that they see things slightly out of focus which amplifies larger and more pronounced areas and shapes.  In groups, they might also get others’ responses to their drawings. Those observations are often surprising and eye-opening.  Invariably, by the end of this process, they “see” their image completely differently.

Art Directive:
We invite you to respond to the same scribble drawing that was used in these examples (Download the PDF) and, if you would like, post it below or to our facebook page.

You can also make your own scribble drawing:

1. Choose drawing paper upon which you would like to make your image and media with which you would like to work (markers, pencils, paints). ).

2. For the scribble, use a pencil or light marker so that the line will be softer. Randomly scribble lines on a piece of drawing paper (sometimes people start by actually making sweeping motions in space with their arm to warm up). When you begin to scribble, some recommend that you make a continuous line without lifting your pen or pencil, doing so until there are enough lines to create interest but not be too complicated.

3. You may want to experiment with a couple of scribbles on different sheets of paper. When you’ve chosen one to work with, hold the scribble at different angles until you see some form(s) or shape(s) that make a picture.

4. Use any materials (markers, pencils, paints) to develop that picture. Add any lines or colors that are help build the image. You can stay in the lines of the scribble or go out of the lines, wherever your imagination and hand take you! Enjoy!

This technique is attributed originally to two different sources. In the 50s, British psychologist Donald Winnicott began incorporating scribbles in his work with children as a means of establishing relationship with them. He also determined that these scribble drawings gave him valuable insight into his clients. At around the same time artist Florence Cane used them in her work with special needs children to encourage spontaneity. Her sister, pioneer art therapist Margaret Naumburg, adopted the technique in her work as a means to draw out and explore unconscious material.

Positive Ethics: An Empowering Approach to Ethical Practice, CECs, Silver Spring, Sunday, June 9, 2013

Come Join Us for a New and Different Ethics Training

Positive Ethics: An Empowering Approach to Ethical Practice

Designed for Counselors, Art Therapists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Expressive Therapists, and other Mental Health Professionals
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC and Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC
Silver Spring Civic Center, in Maryland Just Outside of DC

Sunday, June 9, 2013
10:00 AM-5:00 PM Full Seminar
6 CECs in Ethics
Morning Session only 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
3 CECs in Ethics

1 Veteran’s Place,
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 202 352 5225

Enjoy an Inspiring day of art, writing, and reconnecting to the passion that brings us to this work!

Ethics trainings are often experienced as boring, full of legalistic jargon, and overly simplistic in providing guidelines for managing the complexities of real life therapeutic relationships. How can we go beyond meeting minimal standards and keep moving towards the ideals that bring us to the helping professions? Positive Ethics seeks to nurture the positive values that inspire us to fulfill our highest potential as therapists.

In this workshop. we will engage in creative and dynamic activities that will give us a fresh perspective on the unique values and strengths that move us to be therapists.

This training meets the Ethics requirements for renewal of State licensure for DC, MD, VA Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, and for National certification for Art Therapists and Expressive Therapists.


Registration
Full Seminar (6 CECs) – $170.00
Morning Session Only (3 CECs) – $95.00

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Attendance Option




Walk-in Registration
Full Seminar (6 CECs) – $185.00
Morning Session Only (3 CECs) – $105.00

Morning session will include an overview of philosophical approaches to ethics as well as a introduction to positive ethics. We will engage in experiential activity to identify strengths and values that we bring to our work. The afternoon section will include dynamic and engaging activities such as writing and art making to crystallize new ideas and create a vision/mission for ethical practice in our personal and professional lives.

Training will take place at the Civic Center in the heart of the downtown Silver Spring. Free parking is available right across the street. Metro Accessible on the Red Line. Snacks will be provided. Lunch is available from a broad range of healthy and affordable local restaurants.

Education Objectives
1. Participants will be able to describe 3 philosophical approaches to ethics.

2. Participants will be able to define ‘positive ethics’.

3. Participants will outline the strengths and values they bring to their work.

4. Participants will be able to develop and refine their personal and professional vision/mission for ethical practice.

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, and Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC, Ph.D. Candidate are Registered and Board Certified Art Therapists with over 20 years of experience each in mental health care, training and education. In addition to their clinical and academic pursuits, they are leaders in advancing and nurturing on-going professional development for clinicians. They spearheaded the American Art Therapy Association’s on-line continuing education program (ICE-AT) and coordinate continuing education for several local mental health organizations. Among the multiple leadership roles they have served in their local and national professional associations, Gioia served as Ethics Chair for the Potomac Art Therapy Association. They are co-authors of Positive Art Therapy: Linking Positive Psychology to Art Therapy Theory, Practice, and Research (2013) and Positive Art Therapy: Envisioning the Intersection of Art Therapy and Positive Psychology (2009). They serve as adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program.

Cancellation Policy
$30 non refundable cancellation fee until Saturday, 6/8/13.  No refunds on the day of the training.

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Creative Wellbeing Workshops is an approved NBCC provider (#6566). Creative Wellbeing Workshops may award NBCC approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. Creative Wellbeing Workshops maintains responsibility for the content of this event.

Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity @ Chevy Chase Public Library, April 13, 2013 10-11 am

Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity

Free lecture/workshop series on reducing stress and increasing wellbeing and life satisfaction led by psychotherapist/art therapist and workshop facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC. Designed for people experiencing stress, low energy, and/or burnout. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies for creating immediate and lasting positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Free and open to the public.

What: Lecture/Workshop Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2013 1-2 PM
Who: Psychotherapist/Art Therapist and Workshop Facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC
Where: Chevy Chase Library (DC Branch), 5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015
Cost: Free and open to the public
To Register: Contact Rebecca 202 352 5225, rebecca@creativewellbeingworkshops.com, or just show up!
www.creativewellbeingworkshops.com

Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity, May 11, 2013, Georgetown Public Library

Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity

Free lecture/workshop series on reducing stress and increasing wellbeing and life satisfaction led by psychotherapist/art therapist and workshop facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC. Designed for people experiencing stress, low energy, and/or burnout. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies for creating immediate and lasting positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Free and open to the public.

What: Lecture/Workshop Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing with Stress and Adversity
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2013 1-2 PM
Who: Psychotherapist/Art Therapist and Workshop Facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC
Where: Georgetown Public Library, 3260 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Rebecca@CreativeWellbeingWorkshops.com
202 352 5225
www.creativewellbeingworkshops.com
Cost: Free and open to the public
Description: Free lecture/workshop series on reducing stress and increasing wellbeing and life satisfaction, designed for people experiencing stress, low energy, and/or burnout.

Open Studio, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Wash, DC, Thurs, June 27, 2013

Open Studio
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC
Fee $25
1632 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Many of us desire more time to step away from our work-day world and create simply for the joy of it. Open Studio hours make space for you and your creative projects – away from your computer, phone, and to-do list.
Join us to paint, collage, and experiment alongside new and experienced artists. Not sure where to start? Rebecca will be available to help. Participants can use supplies at Smith Center or bring their own.

To register or for more information call 202-483-8600 or visit
www.SmithCenter.com
1632 U Street NW | Washington DC | 20009
Metro accessible | Red & Green Lines