Sunday, June 20, 2010

Art Therapy Group for Breast Cancer Patients and Suvivors and their Children

Next month, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to co-facilitate an Art Therapy Group for Breast Cancer Survivors and their Children at Exempla St. Joseph's Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center.

My mother is a breast cancer survivor. She's in Alaska right now on a cruise (what a life!!), so I can't ask her exactly how long she has been cancer free but a rough estimate is about 13 years. So this issue is definitely close to my heart.

My co-facilitator and the Lead Art Therapist for this group is Noel Walker Simmons, Outreach Director of The Other Side Arts. Noel is full of compassion and warmth, plus she is one heck of an artist. I'm so excited to get to collaborate with her!

Group participants can look forward to support from each other and from two trained art therapists, experiencing how powerful art and creativity can be in the healing process, as well as learning ways of adjusting to loss and envisioning a positive future. The adult and child groups will meet at the same time, with Noel leading the adult group and myself leading the children's group.

All participants must be either a breast cancer patient currently undergoing treatment, or a survivor, or a child of either a patient or survivor. This group is particularly for women and children who might not otherwise have access to art therapy services. Therefore, all participants must be Medicaid or C.I.C.P. eligible. In addition, we ask that all participants are able to commit to the group for four consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 7 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Now here is the fun part: You don't have to be an artist or have any experience with art therapy to participate. All art materials plus light refreshments are provided! Isn't that great?!!


If you or someone you know could benefit from this group, please contact Janice Hansen at Explema St. Joe's to register. You can reach her here: 303-318-1312.

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