Category Archives: Charity Spotlight

Monthly Mental Health: Art Therapy and The Art Room

Monthly Mental Health: Art Therapy and The Art Room

Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge unfortunately had to miss an event at The Art Room, one of her patronages. The event was to mark the opening of the Clore Art Room at Barlby Primary School in London and Kate sent a lovely note to the organization, apologizing for her absence due to continued illness and expressing her support for the wonderful work this organization does.

The Art Room is a charitable organization that provides art therapy to disadvantaged and special needs children ages 5- 16. There are currently nine Art Rooms in the United Kingdom, all of which operate in partnership with local schools. The goals of the Art Room program are to improve the self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence of children. In addition to establishing and running the Art Rooms, the charity also provides training and workshops in their methodology for school-based professionals who work with young children.

Art has a long and valuable history as a therapeutic method, although it wasn’t crafted solidified into is own branch of therapy until approximately 70 years ago. Art has been integrated in many different therapeutic approaches, such as psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy, which speaks to the versatility of the method. The essence of art therapy is the idea that psychological healing results from working through problems through different artistic mediums in partnership with an experienced therapist.

While the typical therapy session generally requires verbal dialogue between a therapist and a client/patient, this can be very difficult (if not impossible) for some children and adults. Art therapy offers a way to explore the thoughts and feelings of a client in a non-verbal, non-threatening, and non-judgmental way. Additionally, this kind of therapy is cooperative, in that the patient can work on their art either by themselves or with a partner in their therapist. Art as therapy can also easily transition to the home, so that the techniques discussed and practiced in art therapy sessions can easily be practiced and enjoyed at home.

Art therapy is a wonderful choice for young children, who often struggle to put their feelings and experiences into words. It is also very beneficial for children and adults on the autistic spectrum, those who are intellectually disabled, or those with selective mutism (who often are unable to speak to strangers or in social settings outside of the home). Further, it can help children and adults with speech difficulties, such as stuttering or lisping, who feel uncomfortable and inhibit their speech.

Most notably, I have found art therapy to be extremely useful when working with patients who have suffered a traumatic event. Part of the difficulty in coming to terms with trauma is how impossible it can be to speak about the horror, shock, and fear that was experienced. Sometimes, the words for such experiences simply do not exist. Art therapy provides a safe and silent way to “talk about” such experiences without having to use words. Instead, colors and shapes become the language that is used. It is the definition of a picture being worth “a thousand words!”

I am thankful to Kate for drawing awareness to such a special organization that provides incredible services to children in great need. I look forward to her continued involvement in their work!

For more information:
www.theartroom.org.uk

http://whatwouldkatedo.com/2013/06/charity-spotlight-the-art-room/

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/our-view/message-of-support-the-art-room-and-the-clore-duffield-foundation-their-50th

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

As you all know by now, the royal-watching community is buzzing with the exciting news that came from the Clarence House last Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting Royal Baby Number 2! But with that exciting news came a bit of sad news as well. The Duchess is once again suffering fromContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Only Connect is a charity intended to create a positive community for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and at-risk young people to help them find their value. They do this through six different programs across London that provide training, support, and creative opportunities. These programs not only help the people involved but are intended to provide contributions toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

The Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an organization that raises and manages charitable funds for the five hospitals in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust. These hospitals are Charting Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St. Mary’s, and Western Eye. Their aim in raising funds for these hospitals is to improve the experience of their patientsContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an organization aimed at bridging gaps and bringing children together in communities in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel, and Cyprus. They do this through a “peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum” that teaches them various tactics for improving their individual communities. Their mission is “to unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities”Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

BeatBullying is an organization that seeks to create an online support forum for young people experiencing bullying, either on the Internet or in school. What makes BeatBullying unique is that they use highly-trained young people as their mentors. That means that if a student or other young person seeks help by registering on the site,Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Together For Short Lives

Charity Spotlight: Together For Short Lives

The Association for Children’s Palliative Care, now called Together For Short Lives, is a charity for children with life-threatening conditions and the people who support them. They work closely with hospitals and children’s hospices by raising funds to support and sustain their work with the children. Their primary goals are for every child and theirContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Royal Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The Royal Foundation

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was established in 2009 by William and Harry and became fully operational in 2011 when Kate joined as an official patron. The purpose of The Royal Foundation is to act as a vehicle for their individual philanthropic endeavors. The foundation has aContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Tusk Trust

Charity Spotlight: The Tusk Trust

The Tusk Trust began in 1990 as the African elephant population was approaching extinction due to excessive poaching for ivory found in their tusks. What began as an organization committed to ending this poaching quickly grew into an organization that pledged to invest in the future of Africa. Tusk does this by raising money toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The National Portrait Gallery

Charity Spotlight: The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to promote British history through portraits. The museum has an extensive collection of portraits they display in their London gallery and a number of other locations around the United Kingdom. They are supported by both the government and donors. The Gallery states that their goal is toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Naomi House

Charity Spotlight: Naomi House

Naomi House is an organization that provides hospices to young children with life-threatening conditions. They have locations around England and provide respite care, end-of-life care, emergency support, and bereavement support to the children and their families. These hospices are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and they only receive ten percent ofContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Centrepoint

Centrepoint is an organization that strives to end youth homelessness in the greater London area. Centrepoint estimates that every year, about 80,000 young people experience homelessness in the UK due to reasons such as family breakdowns, gangs, and mental health problems. The effects of this homelessness on young people is that they do not haveContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: 100 Women in Hedge Funds

100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) is a non-profit that was founded in 2001 in New York City as an industry association for women working in hedge funds. With over 10,000 active members in 17 countries, their mission is to provide women an equal opportunity in the hedge fund industry. They do this through holdingContinue Reading