This five-day-long workshop is designed to improve self-awareness, explore emotions, address unresolved emotional conflicts, improve social skills, and raise self-esteem. Through this workshop, students have opportunities to demonstrate continuity, challenge, and enhance self-worth and identity. By extension, students also develop empathy, which is the key to building healthy relationships with others. The In-Touch Workshop is a group-oriented experience that provides the education and innovative tools to develop a greater sense of self-fulfillment and acceptance.
Trauma is now a much broader phenomenon than was once imagined.
Trauma – defined as any experience that creates overwhelming feelings and/or an event that is perceived as life-threatening.
No two people have the same reaction to traumatic experiences. Yet, an often-shared hallmark of trauma is a sense of loss of connection to ourselves, our bodies, our families, others, and even to the world around us. It’s as if, in trauma, we inhale a strong sense of loss and personal defectiveness with no direction as to how to exhale.
Through a series of projects, class critiques, videos, presentations, and various activities, In-Touch introduces students to the materials, techniques, concepts, and processes essential to understanding the visual arts and the role of the artist.
Using In-Touch can greatly bolster communication skills, self-expression, group interaction, and conflict resolution. A person’s ability to deal with uncertainty and errors is an extremely helpful tool when working with individuals who are often afraid to take risks or make mistakes. Working through an in-touch situation gets all members of the workshop involved in a collaboration to find a resolution. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.
THIS PROGRAM CAN HELP WITH:
- Identifying trauma sources and how they impact decisions
- Developing tools to reconnect with the body, self, and others
- Creating expression
- Family or relationship issues
- Expressing feelings in a symbolic manner
- Bringing focus to positive life experiences