Shirley Rileya focus on family/group art therapy
Presentation OutlineWhy I chose Shirley RileyAn Introduction of her life: Personal & ProfessionalTheories and Relatable QuotesClients and Work SettingMaterials and Directives: Short ExperientialEight Key Themes for Group/Family Art Therapists
Why I chose Shirley Riley:“My goal has always been to be aesthetically pragmatic. That means, to me, an artistic, creative approach to helpingfamilies solve hard problems in their immediate world.”Riley, Shirley (1994). Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy, Magnolia Street Publishers, Chicago Il, U.S.
Personal LifeWifeMother / GrandmotherInspiringWarm Caring HeartRole Model
Professional LifeOn the board of several committees including theAATA for 6 yearsEducated future Art Therapists at ImmaculateHeart and Loyola Marymount University in L.A.for 18 yearsWorked at Didi Hirsch Mental HealthCommunity Agency in L.A. for 18 yearsProvided her services at several centres in hercommunity such as the OPICA, Cedars SinaiHospital and the Grossman Burn CentreSpoke at numerous conferences internationally
Theories and QuotesSocial ConstructionistNarrative TheoristClinical Art Therapist
“ We see our theories and the application of treatment through the externalized art products of our clients. We listen to language and the stories our clients tell. Throughthis duality of knowing we co-create alternative meaning to these tales. We rely on the silent information provided through the visual illustrations of the narrative which inform our contributions and observations. This combination results in the formation of alternative views of the clients tale.” Riley, Shirley (1994). Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy, Magnolia Street Publishers, Chicago Il, U.S.
“ My observation is that a therapist’s style, to a degree, is an extension of their own life experience and personality.” Riley, Shirley (1994). Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy, Magnolia Street Publishers, Chicago Il, U.S.
“I think falling in love with many theories and getting high on a successful session is a fantastic way of life. I hope I have the talent to convey my enthusiasm for the process of clinical art therapy integrated with the theories of family practice.” Riley, Shirley (1994). Integrative Approaches to Family Art Therapy, Magnolia Street Publishers, Chicago Il, U.S.
ClientsMulti- family groupsHispanic familiesAt risk youthChildren and teenage burn patients
Work SettingSocial Systems, Financial restraints, Politicalpressures, Cultural tension and Rising crimeForced to work within the ‘here and now’
MaterialsColoured pencilsWashable markers in various sizesOil pastelsOil infused clay (does not dry)Air drying clayChalk pastelsPaint daubersTempera/AcrylicsWatercoloursCraft sticks, plain and colouredCollage folderPaper in various sizes, colours, texturesGlue sticksWhite school glueSafety scissorsPencilsPaper plates of various sizes for supplies and to work onBoxes and containers for supplies and as environmentsPaint brushesWipes and paper towelsFun supplies to expand directivesFabric scrapsSequins, buttons, fake jewelsPipe cleanersFeathers‘Found’ objects such as twigs leaves and small stones
Directive SamplesHello - Trace members hands on the paper and decorate however they want. When ﬁnished cut it out. Thenshare to say hello to the new person, and glue all the hands together on a large sheet of paperHello Collage - Have members pick two or three pictures out of things they like or want or are good at. Gluethem on paper and decorate. Share the picturesGroup Banner - Decide a name or theme for the group. Each person draws a contribution on a piece of paperthen glued to a banner