The benefits of art in a group therapy setting
We pride ourselves on our staff's ability to provide care to countless individuals struggling with addictions. One of the many things that set us apart from other treatment facilities is that we have break-out groups that assist our young men with their struggles on a personal level. We have multiple groups that address certain stages of the developmental vacation. For example, one of our therapists, Kristy Zufelt, leads an Art Group for the individuals attending White River. "Sometimes I say this group is therapeutic because we don't do therapy! I like to use it as a time for mindfulness and reflection," says Kristy.
"It is interesting to see what is produced on paper and how it can be reflective of a person's personality, mindset, and their place in the world."
A large part of our program is observing destructive behavior, correcting destructive habits, and reflecting. Reflecting is a great way to see the cause and effect of our actions. Kristy states, "It is interesting to see what is produced on paper and how it can be reflective of a person's personality, mindset, and their place in the world." As we watch kids' interactions with art, it can display who they are. For example, kids who struggle to embrace change may draw the same picture repeatedly. One key factor of Kristy's group is their "we don't talk about outside-the-door stressors ."This allows the individual time to focus on reflection and take a break from their everyday routine. The goal of this group is to use the time to be focused and mindful of the peace the group brings. This allows walls to be brought down and the individual to feel safe and protected. Art group is one of many ways White River is trying to improve the lives of young men. To learn more, visit White River Academy.