Discover a range of free support resources designed and released publicly by various organisations and individual professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic to support Art and Expressive Therapy practitioners and clients they serve.
100 Art Therapy Exercises
Here is a popular internet list of art therapy activities originally posted up in 2011 by the Nursing School Blog updated and expanded by Shelley Klammer, a therapist and an expressive art educator.
Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times
Gioia is a registered and board-certified art therapist with twenty-five years of experience. She holds licenses as a Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) in Maryland and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in Virginia. Gioia completed award-winning original research on the expression of positive emotions through art. Gioia has written numerous articles and book chapters and presented on positive art therapy internationally and is on the faculty at George Washington University. With Rebecca Wilkinson, she is co-author of Positive Art Therapy Theory and Practice: Integrating Positive Psychology with Art Therapy. Professional Interests also include arts-based research and supervision and art therapy with military populations.
Art Therapy in Pandemics: Lessons for COVID-19
To help art therapists work effectively with the realities of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), this special report brings together art therapists who have experience working in pandemics (Ebola, SARS), attending to health professionals, and building creative virtual communities. Art therapists can support recommended public health psychosocial guidelines by disseminating information, promoting expression and inspiration, challenging stigma, modulating media input, securing family connections, monitoring secondary traumatic stress, developing coping and resilience, maintaining relationships, and amplifying hope.
Coronavirus: A Book for Children (Kindle Edition)
What is the coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it? Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged 5-10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects - both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.
With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing.
The book is free to read and download, but Nosy Crow would like to encourage readers, should they feel in a position to, to make a donation to NHS Charities Together.
Creative Pathways Participants Design Eco Comic
The comic, 'Eco' was designed by Jay, Amy, Benji, John, Ami, Brooklyn and Angelica who are on Glasgow Creative Pathways programme. A free arts-focused employability programme teaching young people aged 16-19 practical creative arts skills while offering them support with job-searching, CV-building and interview skills.
During the course of the programme they have been exploring ways to make a positive impact on the environment with drawings. Having visited ideas around recycling, animal rights, waste, pollution and solutions to becoming more eco-friendly. They interviewed staff at the Zero waste market in Dennistoun as well as Viridor the Recycling & Renewable Energy centre in Govanhill, to help inspire them in the theme of their comic book.
Lead Tutor Elina Bry, takes as through the Comic Book in a short video and explains how it all came about.
You can also read and download your own copy of the comic here (PDF).
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Kids, this comic is for you.
It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.
To make this comic, we've used his interviews with Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Quarantine Family Toolkit
Check out the Quarantine Family Toolkit by Kristin Ramsey, ATR-BC, LPC, which offers suggestions and resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19, a sample daily schedule for working/learning at home, online apps, podcasts and other resources for daily activities, mindfulness activities and short guided muscle relaxation script, as well as many art activities instructions and examples.