Art Journaling for Dealing with Negative Emotions  

with Michelle Scott, OT Reg (Ont) and Roshi Wagley, OT Reg (Ont)

DATE & TIME: Monday, September 25th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Thornhill Community Centre, Room B5
7755 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1

Artistic activities function as positive coping strategies in and of themselves and they can also be used to directly address and challenge negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

This workshop will empower participants to use art activities as a way of addressing issues dealing with emotions. One of the main take-away experiences of this group is that in order to address, challenge, and change negative coping behaviours, one must introduce positive coping behaviours into one’s (daily) activity repertoire.

Participants will be encouraged to participate in simple artistic activities that address emotional regulation and dealing with negative emotions.  Participants may either engage in the activity independently, with support from the facilitator, or in pairs or small groups. Afterwards, the group will discuss what it was like to engage in the activity and may share feelings or thoughts that arose. Workshop participants will be given an arsenal of artistic activities that they may engage in to manage difficult emotions in the future. 

Artistic experience and/or perceived artistic ability are not a requirement. This group will be a safe space for people to explore art as a medium of expression and healing.

Registration for this group will involve taking part in a short phone interview prior to the group beginning in order to identify goals and challenges.

FREE. All supplies provided.

To participate, you must be referred to the arts program by either Eating Disorders of York Region’s Riverwalk Wellness Centres and/or Addiction Services for York Region and contact or 905-886-6632 to register.