Constance Hunt, M.A., Registered Art Therapist leads this session and discusses art therapy at AgeSong in the AgeSong 2014 Intern Orientation Day 1 Session 5 video.
This fifth session of Day 1’s Orientation gives an overview of art therapy enrichment at AgeSong Hayes Valley and Laguna Grove Communities. Constance will be doing future training with the Gero-Wellness Interns in the upcoming year.
Constance is a life long artist who went back to graduate school to become an art therapist. Her internships were in a residence for adolescents who are a danger to self, others or gravely disabled, then the School of the Blind and an elders church name quilt project for congregation members who died of aids. After this she did another internship with elders at AgeSong. Constance was hired with AgeSong after her internship and leads art therapy enrichment within the AgeSong Communities.
Constance starts the discussion with a list of some of the types of art therapy and a brief history of art therapy. She asks the interns what art therapy means to them. Art therapy at AgeSong is accessible to all levels, those engaged are empowered by making choices, it is a creation tool and an opportunity to create dialogue.
Constance discusses some specific safety concerns and the suggestion that before a project is brought to the community is testing of art projects before some of the guidelines to be followed up with a handout.
est it before bringing it to an art group in the community. Suggestions to consider when testing a new project: How difficult is this project? How much time do you have for the project? What are the project safety concerns?
Constant discusses suggestions on how to talk with someone about their art. “Tell me about your drawing.” Invite them into the process.
Constance concludes the an art session with the group. She opens and closes the group. Choosing colors that fit how they are feeling, then fill out a mandala with their upcoming expectations for the upcoming year. On the outside put the things that might distract them In the coming year as the interns and Constance work together there will be opportunities to work with and on the mandala.
The AgeSong 2014 Intern Orientation Day 1 Session 5 video is one of the AgeSong Educational Series videos. Thid is one of fourteen filmed during the two-day orientation for the AgeSong Gero-Wellness. These orientation sessions are the first training sessions that the interns will engage in during their 1-year internship in the Gero-Wellness.
View the AgeSong Educational Series videos here on our AgeSong Library of Videos page.