Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Art and Practice of Narrative Medicine

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Art & Practice

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A classmate recently lent me a book that introduced me to the intriguing field of “narrative medicine.” The book is called Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, written by Rita Charon, MD, an internist practicing in New York City. Narrative medicine combines the practice of medicine with simultaneously learning to recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness.

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Stones!

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Holding a bit of the earth and celebrating it by adding color…very therapeutic.

Carolyn Pajestka

There is something about a painted stone that makes creating and holding the stone an enchanting experience.  I have grown especially fond of incorporating stones into group art therapy sessions.  These links offer possibilities for their use…

A different type of heart rocks.mosaic stones - something to make for the gardenRock Monsters Craft.....

http://www.waschbear.com/mosaic-stones-tutorial.php

http://www.freekidscrafts.com/rock_monsters-e1962.html

innerchildfun.com

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Tissue Paper Mandala Collage

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Another option for mandalas…

Carolyn Pajestka

mandala example The image was created as an example for use in a group therapy session.  Goals of the intervention were to encourage social interaction, decision making, and relaxation.  A large 4′ x 4′ mandala was drawn using different shape outlines and a dark marker.  Next, colored tissue paper squares were adhered using a watered glue.  Finally, a glossy finish and glitter covered the surface.

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