West Michigan Cancer Center, in collaboration with Borgess VNA, is presenting a free Art Therapy Workshop entitled ‘Art As Healing’.

Tuesday Dates:  October 16, October 30, November 13 and November 27, 2012.

Time:  3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Location:  Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice Office–348 North Burdick St., Downtown Kalamazoo.

This program provides an opportunity for cancer patients to engage in the creative process as a tool for expression, exploration and discovery.  Participants will be exposed to a variety of media.  No previous art experience is required. 

Research has shown that the creative process involved in art-making has the potential to alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and offer personal healing.  Reflection on one’s artwork often brings further insight.

Board certified art therapist Kathleen Buday will share information about art therapy and present various therapeutic art projects. At the end of each session, she will facilitate a discussion about the process that was experienced as well as reflection on the end product.

The goal of this group is to provide a safe environment to connect with others, express feelings and thoughts while experiencing the life-affirming pleasure of creativity.

This group is designed for patients of the West Michigan Cancer Center in treatment or in recovery.  Pre-registration is required.

Contact Kathleen M. Buday, MEd, ATR-BC, Expressive Arts Coordinator at Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice, by calling 269.382.8001 ext. 3264.