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Maria Scaros-Mercado shows a mask made by a woman in her domestic violence support group. The reflection at left represents what the victim shows the world, while the inside of the mask, right, represents what the victim is really going through. Photographed at the Women's Center of Greater Danbury on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Scaros-Mercado is a drama therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. Photo: Jason Rearick / The News-Times

Creative arts and support offer chance to break the silence

Maria Scaros-Mercado shows a mask made by a woman in her domestic violence support group. The reflection at left represents what the victim shows the world, while the inside of the mask, right, represents what the victim is really going through. Photographed at the Women's Center of Greater Danbury on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Scaros-Mercado is a drama therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. Photo: Jason Rearick / The News-Times

Outside/Inside Masks (safe space, trust yourself, self-awareness, self-acceptance, healthy communication, self-control, healthy boundaries)

Art Therapy: Sharing Directives: Outside/Inside Masks, Many great directive ideas for groups and individuals on this site.

Emotional Safety Planning #blog #safety #support

When creating a safety plan, emphasis is often placed on planning around physical safety, but it’s important to consider your emotional safety as well.

Art Therapy: Sharing Directives: Boundary Drawings

Art Therapy: Sharing Directives: Boundary Drawings- We have some rigid boundaries and we have some weak boundaries. This is an exercise in identifying what you let in and what you shut off, and identifying what healthy boundaries to set for yourself.

inside/outside mask: The purpose of this exercise is to create a mask that represents the faces that we wear in different environments. The  outside of the mask  is to be decorated with words and images that represent how you think the world sees you/how you present yourself. The inside of the mask should reflect how you see yourself/what is hidden from the outside.

"inside/outside mask: The purpose of this exercise is to create a mask that…

Past & Present portrait. Can be used in last few sessions to assess if client has seen any changes in self.

maybe do improvement portrait instead, have students draw half on first day and other half on last day of classes

Jennifer Thammavong, an art therapist from Rockford, Ill,. checks out the work of a client who who had substance abuse issues. Her teen substance abuse treatment center has brought its traveling art exhibit “ n My Shoes” to the Milwaukee Central Library for the month of April.

‘In My Shoes’ tells recovery stories of teenagers in rehab

Jennifer Thammavong, an art therapist from Rockford, Ill,. checks out the work…

Creative arts and support offer chance to break the silence: Group co-facilitator and creative arts therapist Maria Scaros-Mercado offers women the chance to explore their stories through art, music and motion, so they no longer feel alone.

Creative arts and support offer chance to break the silence

The mask represents what the artist is showing the world, while also showing what is going on on the inside. This project was made by women escaping domestic violence, but masks could also be used in conversation about identity with teens.

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