"Acknowledgement of the role art can play in our healing. "
Join us in supporting art therapy services for emergency relief and recovery efforts in our Northern California communities where homes and lives have been lost in the recent wildfires. We are proudly partnering with the Art Therapy Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University.
Your donations will help us fund art therapy-based events for children, adults, and families impacted by these life-changing experiences.
Following first responder efforts to save lives and move people to safety, volunteer medical support teams including mental health professionals - such as licensed art therapists who have completed crisis counseling training - are often deployed to work with national organizations such as the Red Cross and Save the Children.
Art making can provide a non-threatening, non-verbal means to discharge acute stress that is inherent in disaster and traumatic experiences. Although the impact of a major catastrophic event may diminish over time, community members can benefit from art therapy to manage lingering symptoms resulting from the trauma. The creation of artwork surrounding what occurred is a lasting symbol of the experience that can be revisited safely with a professional art therapist and help promote continued healing.