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To register for one of the Summer Wellness Workshops, visit www.edward.org/classes and select "Mental Health" from the drop down menu to get started.

Workshops for Everyone

Tuesdays in June & July

4:30-5:30 pm
Eating Disorder Recovery with Expressive Therapy:
You're invited to explore new and creative ways of navigating your ED recovery journey through expressive therapy. Four different forms of expressive therapy will be offered each week, and facilitated by an art, music, dance/movement, or recreation therapist. Participants are welcome to a supportive space where they can express emotions and thoughts through producing art, making music, increasing body awareness through dance and movement, and increase self-esteem through therapeutic recreation. The goal of this workshop is to utilize the expressive arts as tools to increase assertiveness, alleviate anxiety, challenge irrational thoughts and beliefs, and increase coping skills.      

  • Week one: June 3rd- Art Therapy
  • Week two: June 10th- MusicTherapy
  • Week three: June 17th- Dance Movement Therapy
  • Week four: June 24th- Rec Therapy
  • Week one: July 8th- Art Therapy
  • Week two: July  15th - MusicTherapy
  • Week three: July 22nd - Dance Movement Therapy
  • Week four: July 29th- Rec Therapy

6:00-7:00 pm
Family Communication through Expressive Therapy:

This workshop invites family members of adolescents to enhance connections with their loved ones through various expressive therapy modalities. Through exploring communicating nonverbally by creating art, relating to one another through actively making music, or discovering shared positive experiences through movement, dance, and recreation, family relationships have the potential to grow. Families will be offered the freedom to try four different forms of expressive therapy facilitated by a certified art, music, dance/movement, or recreation therapist. The goal of this workshop is to support families as they create positive interactions with one another through the creative process.  

  • Week one: June 3rd- Art Therapy
  • Week two: June 10th- MusicTherapy
  • Week three: June 17thDance Movement Therapy
  • Week four: June 24th- Rec Therapy
  • Week one: July 8th- Art Therapy
  • Week two: July  15th - MusicTherapy
  • Week three: July  22nd - Dance Movement Therapy
  • Week four: July  29th- Rec Therapy

Thursdays in June & July:

1:00-2:00 pm
Therapeutic Chair & Yoga Stretching:
Participants will engage in gentle chair yoga and stretching, led by a dance/movement therapist. Participants will learn how stretching, body movement, and yoga increase mindfulness, body-mind awareness, and overall health. No experience required. Please come dressed in comfortable and modest clothing.


3:00-4:00 pm
Living in the Moment:
Through the practice of mindfulness and discussion, this class focuses on cultivating body-mind awareness in the present moment. We will examine how to effectively deal with stress, strengthen relationships, and better understand our patterns of behavior and thinking. Additionally, we will learn how to trust our own wisdom and listen to the body, better understanding the body-mind connection.

4:00-5:00 pm
LGBTQ Youth Identity and Support Workshop:
You're invited to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning identity and gain support from your peers through the expressive qualities of art and music. Group member will be engaging in themed art making and music making and interpretation each week. The goal of this workshop is to grow and develop as members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment.
Materials Provided: paper, oil pastels, chalk pastels, acrylic paint, and magazines.


Workshops for Teens

Wednesdays in June & July:

4:00-5:00pm
The Art of Making Friends:
(Ages 11-13) This workshop is geared towards adolescents struggling to connect with peers, feel uncomfortable in social situations, are transferring schools or going through other life transitions. Through activity- based therapies, participants will have the opportunity to discover their unique interests and strengths. They will learn how to use those qualities to make lasting friendships.

Participants will engage in team building, cooperative games, and art making designed to foster positive peer interactions. Areas addressed include: self esteem, how to make small talk, how to start a conversation, basic social skills, healthy boundaries, and where you can meet potential friends through community leisure resources.

5:00-6:00pm
Music as Therapy Jam Session for Teens:
You’re invited to be a part of the music making process alongside the energy of your peers, and with the support of a board certified Music Therapist. Group members are welcomed into a safe and supportive environment where no musical background, or talent, is required. Group members will be provided with a variety of melodic and rhythmic instruments for music making in a non-judgmental community. The goal of this workshop is to explore utilizing active music making as a therapeutic tool for emotional expression, positive social interaction, and non-verbal communication.

Materials Provided: Rhythmic and Melodic Instruments ie. Drums, Shakers, Rattles, Chimes, etc.

6:00-7:30pm
Art as Therapy Open Studio for Teens:
(Ages 13-18) You’re invited to participate in the art making process alongside the energy of your peers and the witness of a professional Art Therapist. Group members are welcomed into an open studio and provided with a wide array of art materials in a non-judgmental art-making community. The goal of the open studio workshop is to explore art as a therapeutic outlet in a safe and supportive environment.
Materials Provided: paper, oil pastels, chalk pastels, acrylic paint, and magazines.

Thursdays June & July:

5:00-6:00pm
Dance as Therapy for Teens:
(Ages 13-18) Teens will participate in movement experientials and learn effective approaches to dance as therapy. Participants will learn the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional benefits of expressing the self through movement and dance. No experience required. Please come dressed in comfortable and modest clothing.

6:30-7:30
Speak Out for Teens:
(Ages 13-18) Journal writing and songwriting are widely used to deal with everyday life stressors. You are invited to merge these two forms of expression while exploring your creative side and having FUN. This workshop focuses written and musical expression of your thoughts and feelings in a supportive, collaborative environment with assistance from a board certified music therapist. Participants will have the opportunity to perform their song(s) at the end of the workshop, as well as take home a recording of their songwriting projects. 


Workshops for Adults:

Mondays in June & July:

2:30-3:30pm
Transitions for Adults:
Class Description: So often we expect changes (e.g. marriage, children, job/career changes, relocation) to occur in our lives. Less often we adequately prepare for these transitional periods, mentally and physically.  In this workshop, you will identify, explore, and prepare for the transitions in your life.

  • Week 1: Career Exploration & Changes
  • Week 2: Functional Relationship Changes (job demands, family demands, or job/physical relocation)
  • Week 3: Developmental Relationship Changes (change in roles: from parent of child to parent of Adult child, from child to Adult child, and from child to spouse, and from child to parent).you can meet potential friends through community leisure resources.

4:00-5:00 pm
Living with Loss for Adults:
Grief can come in all forms and is a part of life. Sometimes, grief can be paralyzing where we do not want to (or know how to) go on. This workshop explores how to explore and grieve our losses while living productive lives. This may come in the form of creating new rituals that will acknowledge life and loss or radical acceptance where loss is managed with less paralysis

5:30-6:30 pm
Young Adult Life Changes:
Class Description: So often we are looking forward to the day when our lives change. Less often we know what those changes encompass or how to prepare for these transitional periods, mentally and physically.  In this workshop, you will identify, explore, and prepare for the transitions in your life.

  • Week 1: Career Exploration (interviewing, resume building, networking)
  • Week 2: Life Survival Strategies (balance checkbook, managing finances including student loans, grocery shopping, meal preparation, time management, and social engagement.)
  • Week 3: Developmental Relationship Changes (change in roles: from parent of child to parent of Adult child, from child to Adult child, and from child to spouse, and from child to parent).

7:00-8:00 pm
Take Back Your Time:
Has your management of time interfered with your relationships or productivity? If so, this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, you will identify common barriers to managing time, identify electronic and non-electronic to help you create and maintain structure in your life, and identify balance between social and work obligations.

Wednesdays in May, June, & July:

6:00-7:00 pm
Mind, Body, Spirit- The Wellness Connection:
Participants will be involved in experiential mindfulness activities, led by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, exploring the mind, body and spirit. Learn about the connection between these three areas promoting a balanced lifestyle and overall health and wellbeing.  Please come dressed in comfortable modest clothing.

7:00-8:00 pm
Music as Therapy Jam Session:
You’re invited to be a part of the music making process alongside the energy of your peers, and with the support of a board certified Music Therapist. Group members are welcomed into a safe and supportive environment where no musical background, or talent, is required. Group members will be provided with a variety of melodic and rhythmic instruments for music making in a non-judgmental community. The goal of this workshop is to explore utilizing active music making as a therapeutic tool for emotional expression, positive social interaction, and non-verbal communication.
Materials Provided: Rhythmic and Melodic Instruments ie. Drums, Shakers, Rattles, Chimes, etc.

Thursdays June, & July:

5:00-6:00 pm
Speak Out for Adults:
Journal writing and songwriting are widely used to deal with everyday life stressors. You are invited to merge these two forms of expression while exploring your creative side and having FUN. This workshop focuses written and musical expression of your thoughts and feelings in a supportive, collaborative environment with assistance from a board certified music therapist. Participants will have the opportunity to perform their song(s) at the end of the workshop, as well as take home a recording of their songwriting projects.

5:30-7:00 pm
Art as Therapy Open Studio for Adults:
You’re invited to participate in the art making process alongside the energy of your peers and the witness of a professional Art Therapist. Group members are welcomed into an open studio and provided with a wide array of art materials in a non-judgmental art-making community. The goal of the open studio workshop is to explore art as a therapeutic outlet in a safe and supportive environment.
Materials Provided: paper, oil pastels, chalk pastels, acrylic paint, and magazines.

7:00-8:00 pm
Dance as Therapy for Adults:
Adults will participate in movement experientials and learn effective approaches to dance as therapy. Participants will learn the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional benefits of expressing the self through movement and dance. No experience required. Please come dressed in comfortable and modest clothing.




 

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