Emma Organization for Human Development has organized a two day- Trauma healing therapy for ISIS Yazidi survivors , the therapy took place on the 7th and 8th of February 2018.
The therapy included drawing , music , using clay and other forms of art to let the survivors express their feelings and the tragedy that they suffered from to help them adapt and cope their suffering by using expressive art through Emma's Psychotherapy team to go on with their lives .
Psychotherapy through the use of expressive arts is one of the therapies we have used in Emma's center for ISIS survivors .
The survivors expressed their happiness in participating in this therapy as one of them said " this is my first time that I use such kinds of things , I had so much fun and i got to express my feelings and what I have faced when I was captivated by ISIS " .
To make it clear ; Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits, and there are professionals that can work with the client to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process.
Art therapy can achieve different things for different people. It can be used for counseling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, it can be used to massage one’s inner-self in a way that may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.
For the most part, anyone can use art therapy. In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, expressive arts therapy is yet another. One of the major differences between art therapy and other forms of communication is that most other forms of communication elicit the use of words or language as a means of communication. Often times, humans are incapable of expressing themselves within this limited range.
One of the beauties of art as therapy is the ability for a person to express his/her feelings through any form of art. Though there are other types of expressive therapies (such as the performing arts), expressive art therapy as discussed here typically utilizes more traditional forms of art…such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, or a variety of other types of visual art expression.
As with most any therapy, art as therapy is generally used as a treatment for something – usually as a way to improve one’s emotional state or mental well-being. Expressive arts therapy doesn’t have to be used only as a treatment though. It can be used to relieve stress or tension, or it can be used as a mode of self-discovery. Many people can stand to use some sort of creative outlet.