canadian & british columbia art therapy associations 2017 conference


Date: October 13-15, 2017, vancouver, BC, the croatian cultural centre



Presenter: Grace Chiu, MA, RP, DTATI

Paper Presentation (50 min): Creative Expression as a Component of Acute Psychiatric Care: The Benefits of Single-Session Expressive Arts Therapy Groups

Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm, Room B


This presentation will detail research exploring the impact of single-session expressive arts therapy groups on patient mood states in the context of an adult psychiatric unit in a large urban hospital. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, the research conducted demonstrated that participation in the group was an efficacious means of improving patients' moods. Selected case studies will be used to illustrate the effectiveness of an expressive arts-based approach and describe the nature of a typical single-time group session. The paper was awarded the CATA-ACAT Journal Article Authorship Award (October 2016).


Grace Chiu is a registered psychotherapist in private practice. She holds a graduate diploma from Toronto Art Therapy Institute and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Theology, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy--a specialized degree grounded in an interfaith and diversity-centred approach to personal growth and spirituality counselling. Grace practices art therapy and psychotherapy at the LucSculpture School & Studios in Toronto, which is a welcoming space that encourages creativity and expression in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. 








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celebrate health, food, creativity held at yuri's village 



MEET YOUR POTENTIAL WORKSHOP





Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016


Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Cost: Free

RSVP: info@gracechiu.ca


Location: Yuri's Village and Holistic Clinic,

663 Greenwood at Danforth, 3rd Floor


Are you curious about art therapy and what it has to offer? In this creative workshop we will focus on what it means to meet our full potential and bring an awareness to what we truly value in life. Using a variety of materials, we will create a collage to represent some strengths and passions about yourself. This will help bring an awareness to all the aspects of our life and help foster self-acceptance of our unique personal qualities. It helps us meditate and reflect. This workshop is suitable for both children and adults. Absolutely no art experience is required. Pre-registration recommended.


The benefits of attending this workshop:


  • Experience art therapy first hand in a fun, creative and supportive environment
  • Explore collage techniques to create a visual expression of where you are at this moment
  • Engage in a creative activity such as art therapy to help with overall health and well-being. This will encourage self-exploration, self-acceptance and personal growth
  • Allow time for personal insights, self-awareness and self-reflection
  • Great for relaxation and stress relief
  • Celebrate and support self-love and authentic expression during this wonderful community event

























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