VATA Student Blog – The Expressive Therapies Continuum

The Expressive Therapies Continuum at a Glance

As artists, therapist and students we often are faced with decisions on how to approach the blank canvas or lump of clay. How do we begin? How do I shake the resistance to experience the process? What direction will it take? And when do I know it is finished? The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) can cultivate ideas to discover difficult therapeutic decisions.

The ETC is a practical guide for seeking out the healing dimension of various expressive experiences. It provides answers to questions about what mediums to use in different populations and how to use them.

In my Clinical Art Therapy I class I am learning about where different art therapy techniques fall on the ETC component level and what mediums are best suited for the various populations. I thoroughly enjoy experimenting with the sensory component. Stroking wet clay and focusing on the internal sensations can bring about a calm and relaxing experience, allowing the mind to wander. This is when personal memories appear and one can get lost in the external stimulation.

Next month I will share about another component in the ETC.

The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC), developed by Kagin and Vija Lusebrink.

Resources:  Expressive Therapies Continuum by Dr. Lisa Hinz

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