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November 14, 2017, Tuesday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 315-464-6555 or www.oasisnet.org

Crossing the Bridge: Building '9 Pillars' for Health and Well-Being
Strengthen the ‘pillars’ of your bridge and learn about an integrative and holistic plan, which brings together a variety of topics including education, self-awareness, relaxation, stress management, symbolism, and creativity. Using the ‘pillars of a bridge’ as a metaphor, participants are encouraged to set goals that can help with facing different health challenges physically, mentally, emotionally, or behaviorally. In addition, you will have the opportunity to envision crossing your own ‘bridge to health’ through a relaxation and guided imagery experience designed for empowering individual’s to think positively and build resilience in their life.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

October 25 and November 1, 2017, 2 Wednesdays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Binghamton, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-778-5012
or visit www.sunybroome.edu/ce

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Envision crossing your own ‘bridge to health’ through a deep relaxation and guided imagery experience designed to empower individuals for thinking positively, building resilience, and setting goals when faced with different health challenges in their life physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. In addition, program participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of exercises to discover personal meaning, increased self-awareness, and inner-guidance through the creative process.  No previous art experience is necessary.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

October 11, 2017, Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 315-464-6555 or www.oasisnet.org

The Art of Relaxation
In this class you will learn about the ‘relaxation response’ and how our natural, inborn physiological mechanism helps to counteract the ‘fight or flight’ response and negative effects of stress. Participants explore multiple ways to elicit the relaxation response through deep breathing, guided imagery, and a variety of creative experiences. In addition, information and suggestions will be shared on integrating leisure activities and easy to use time management tools into your schedule, at work or home, in order to allow for an overall sense of balance throughout your day!

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

September 19 and September 26, 2017, 2 Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Binghamton, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-778-5012
or visit www.sunybroome.edu/ce

The Art of Relaxation
Learn about the ‘relaxation response’ and how this natural, inborn physiological mechanism helps to counteract the ‘fight or flight’ response and negative effects of stress. Participants explore multiple ways to elicit the relaxation response through deep breathing, progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and a variety of creative experiences that encourage self-awareness and inner peace. Information will also be shared on integrating leisure activities and easy to use time management tools into your schedule, at work or home, allowing for an overall sense of balance throughout your day, week, and life!

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

August 1, 2017, Tuesday 12:30-2:00pm
SUNY Health Sciences Library
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Creatively Coping with Stress
Come ready to relieve tension and explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. Learn how stress affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and behaviorally. This program integrates information on how to reduce and effectively manage stress at work or home using deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Participants will experience a supportive, nurturing and energizing environment where learning to cope with stress takes place in an atmosphere of laughter, play and creativity.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

June 20 and June 27, 2017, 2 Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Binghamton, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-778-5012
or visit www.sunybroome.edu/ce

June 8, 2017, Thursday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 315-464-6555 or www.oasisnet.org

The Art of Relaxation
In this class you will learn about the ‘relaxation response’ and how our natural, inborn physiological mechanism helps to counteract the ‘fight or flight’ response and negative effects of stress. Participants explore multiple ways to elicit the relaxation response through deep breathing, guided imagery, and a variety of creative experiences. In addition, information and suggestions will be shared on integrating leisure activities and easy to use time management tools into your schedule, at work or home, in order to allow for an overall sense of balance throughout your day!

April 5, 2017, Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 315-464-6555 or www.oasisnet.org


Creatively Coping with Stress
Come ready to relieve tension and explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. Learn how stress affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and behaviorally. This program integrates information on how to reduce and effectively manage stress at work or home using deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Participants will experience a supportive, nurturing and energizing environment where learning to cope with stress takes place in an atmosphere of laughter, play and creativity.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

April 24 and May 1, 2017, 2 Mondays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Binghamton, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-778-5012
or visit www.sunybroome.edu/ce

Creatively Coping with Stress
Come ready to relieve tension and explore the stress in your life from an innovative perspective. Find out how stress affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. This program will integrate information on how to reduce and effectively manage stress at work or home using deep breathing, progressive relaxation, and personally empowering creative exercises. Participants will experience a supportive and energizing environment where learning to cope with stress takes place in an atmosphere of laughter, play, and creativity. No previous art experience is necessary.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

March 20 and March 27, 2017, 2 Mondays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Binghamton, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-778-5012
or visit www.sunybroome.edu/ce

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Envision crossing your own ‘bridge to health’ through a deep relaxation and guided imagery experience designed to empower individuals for thinking positively, building resilience, and setting goals when faced with different health challenges in their life physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. In addition, program participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of exercises to discover personal meaning, increased self-awareness, and inner-guidance through the creative process.  No previous art experience is necessary.

October 25 and November 1, 2016, 2 Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Decker Building - Room 213
Binghamton, NY
Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey

October 6, 2016, Thursday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY

Creatively Coping with Stress

September 27, 2016, Tuesday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 315-464-6555 or www.oasisnet.org


Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Envision crossing your own ‘bridge to health’ through a relaxation and guided imagery experience designed to empower individuals to think positively and build resilience when facing health challenges in their lives. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of creative exercises that help with self-awareness, inner-guidance and setting health goals, as well as physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

September 14 and 21, 2016, 2 Wednesdays 6:00-8:30pm

SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Decker Building - Room 213
Binghamton, NY
Creatively Coping with Stress

July 19 and 26, 2016, 2 Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Decker Building - Room 213
Binghamton, NY
Creatively Coping with Stress

June 7 and 14, 2016, 2 Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Decker Building - Room 213
Binghamton, NY
Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey

June 2, 2016, Thursday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY

Creatively Coping with Stress

May 18, 2016, Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm
OASIS
6333 State Route 298
East Syracuse, NY

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey

April 18, 2016, Monday 6:00-8:30pm
SUNY Broome Continuing Education
Broome Community College
Decker Building - Room 313
Binghamton, NY

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey

October 29, 2015, Thursday 7:00-8:30pm
Greenstar Natural Foods Market
Held at The Classes@Greenstar
701 W. Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-273-9392


Crossing the Bridge: Building '9 Pillars' for Health and Well-Being
Are you facing health challenges physically, mentally, emotionally, or behaviorally? Through a creative experience and writing you will have the opportunity to envision and create an integative healing plan for building '9 Pillars' to support your health and well-being. Penny will also be sharing, as inspiration, the '9 Pillars' she built to support her bridge when faced with a serious illness.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

September 26, 2015, Saturday 2:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
614 South Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY
607-273-6784

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Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
"Crossing the bridge to health serves as a bright reminder that as human beings we are resilient and our body, mind, and spirit have tremendous healing ability."
....From the introduction of Dr. Baron’s recently released audio CD on the topic of Health and Healing

Are you faced with health challenges? Come hear Penny H. Baron, PhD, speak about her new spoken word CD Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey. During this program participants will also have the opportunity to envision ‘crossing their own bridge to health’ through a relaxation and guided imagery experience designed to assist individuals in thinking positively and setting goals when facing different health challenges in their life physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. Why not move in the direction of self-empowerment and resilience in your life?

Penny H. Baron, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT in her private practice and workshops has been devoted for over twenty-five years to using the creative arts therapies when helping individuals and groups creatively cope with stress, illness, and a wide range of challenges affecting the body, mind, and spirit. She is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. Dr. Baron holds a doctorate in Health Studies with a special focus in art therapy, stress management, and health psychology from the Union Institute & University.

May 20, 2015,Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm
Koinonia, Center of Health
6800 East Genesee Street
Fayetteville, NY
United States

April 18, 2015, Saturday 2:00-3:30pm
RiverRead Books
5 Court Street
Binghamton, NY
United States
For information: Call 607-217-7292

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

"Crossing the bridge to health serves as a bright reminder that as human beings we are resilient and our body, mind, and spirit have tremendous healing ability."
…From the CD Introduction

Come hear Penny H. Baron, PhD, speak about her new spoken word audio CD Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey. During this program participants will also have the opportunity to envision 'crossing their own bridge to health' through a relaxation and guided imagery experience designed to assist individuals in thinking positively and setting goals when faced with different health challenges in their life physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron holds a doctorate in Health Studies with a special focus in art therapy, stress management, and health psychology from the Union Institute & University. Her private practice and workshops for over twenty-five years have been devoted to using the creative arts therapies to help individuals and groups creatively cope with stress, illness, and a wide range of challenges in their life affecting the body, mind, and spirit

December 6, 2014, Saturday 2:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
821 Country Road 64
Elmira, NY
607-796-2020
Flyer
For more information call: 607-844-3884

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

December 3, 2014, Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
Greenstar Natural Foods Market
Held at The Classes@Greenstar
701 W. Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-273-9392

Creatively Coping With Stress: The Art of Relaxation
As the busy holiday season approaches, take a break to re-vitalize your energy and learn relaxing, playful, and creative ways to reduce stress during your day. Encourage the ‘Relaxation Response’ in your body through deep breathing, guided imagery, and a creative Mandala experience that will awaken a sense of inner peace and tranquility in your life. No previous art experience is necessary. Materials provided.
 
Penny H. Baron, PhD., ATR-BC, LCAT is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. Dr. Baron has over 25 years experience incorporating the creative arts therapies with verbal counseling and maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area. She has recently released a spoken word audio CD on health and healing: “Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey.”

September 27, 2014, Saturday 2:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
614 South Meadow Street
Ithaca, NY
607-273-6784

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

April 30, 2014, Wednesday 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3454 Erie Blvd East, Dewitt
Syracuse, NY
315-449-2948

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

April 23, 2014, Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
Greenstar Natural Foods Market
701 Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-273-9392


Are you facing health challenges? Why not move in the direction of self-empowerment and resilience for your life? Come hear Penny H. Baron, PhD, speak about her inspiration for creating the new spoken word audio CD Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey. During this program participants will also have the opportunity to envision "crossing their own bridge to health" through a guided imagery and creative experience designed to assist individuals in thinking positively, increasing self-awareness and inner-guidance when faced with different health challenges in their life physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally.

Penny H. Baron, PhD, LCAT is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY State. Dr. Baron's experience spans over 25 years of professional work with individuals and groups in the areas of holistic health, stress management, and the creative arts therapies. She maintains a private practice in the Ithaca area combining verbal counseling with art therapy.

March 23, 2014, Sunday 2:00-3:30pm
RiverRead Books
5 Court Street
Binghamton, NY
United States
For information: Call 607-844-3884

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

February 23, 2014, Sunday 3:00-4:30pm
Buffalo Street Books
215 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
For information: Call 607-844-3884

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

October 23, 2013, Wednesday 6:30-8:00PM
Tompkins County Public Library
Borg Warner Room East
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY
Pre-registration required. Call 607-844-3465

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Guided Imagery and Creative Experiences to Empower You for Actively Participating in Your Health, Well-being, and Life

October 9, 2013, Wednesday 7:00-8:30PM
Greenstar Natural Foods Market
701 Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY
Pre-registration required for Classes. Call 607-273-9392

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Dreams, symbols, and artistic expression have played an important role in healing dating back to the temples of ancient Greece, up until the teachings and practices of modern day physicians and health care professionals. Come hear an inspiring story of healing, as Penny Baron discusses using her dream symbols and art images to increase self-awareness and inner guidance when faced with a serious illness. At this program, participants will also have the opportunity to envision 'crossing their own bridge to health' through a guided imagery experience designed to assist, encourage, and inspire you when facing a wide range of health challenges in your life.

September 11, 2013, Wednesday 2:00-4:00PM
Lifelong
119 West Court Street
Ithaca, NY
Pre-registration required. Call 607-273-1511

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Dreams, symbols, and artistic expression have played an important role in healing dating back to the temples of ancient Greece, up until the teachings and practices of modern day physicians and health care professionals. At this program participants will have the opportunity to envision 'crossing a bridge' to enhance their health and well-being through a guided imagery process and creative experience. Come ready to increase your self-awareness and inner-guidance through artistic and creative expression to help you think positively and meet your health goals. No previous art experience necessary.

July 9, 2011, Saturday
The American Art Therapy Association's
42nd Annual Conference
Creative Energy, Collective Efforts
Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC

Crossing The Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Through a case study and art-based research methodology, you will learn how the presenter used art therapy as a source of healing when faced with a serious illness. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to 'cross a bridge' for enhancing their health during a guided imagery and drawing experience.

Workshop Objectives:
Define and explore a case study and art-based research methodology, as the presenter describes the development of personal doctoral research for healing and health when faced with a serious illness.

Guide participants through a deep relaxation and guided imagery process entitled 'Crossing the Bridge to Health', which can be utilized both personally and professionally to enhance an individual's health and well-being.

Teach participants the use of a 'bridge drawing' for self-expression, goal setting, and self-empowerment. Individuals write at least three health-enhancing goals and activities that they wish to start or more fully schedule in their life.

April 14, 2011, Thursday
Sponsored by Balch, Residential Programs
and the Carol Tatkon Center
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Creatively Coping With Stress™
Come ready to explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. Workshop participants will be lead through a variety of deep relaxation, guided imagery, and art experiences to help manage and cope with life’s challenges effectively. Learn about stress and ways to relieve tension and revitalize energy at work or home. This workshop utilizes a ‘hands-on-format;’ however, absolutely no previous art experience is necessary to benefit from this program.

This program will help you:

  • Understand how stress effects you physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally.
  • Define what stress means to you and explore the coping skills you possess to become a good stress manager.
  • Learn mini 'stress breakers' that use deep breathing, relaxation, and guided imagery techniques to relieve tension and revitalize energy.
  • Utilize personally empowering creative exercises that will assist you in identifying positive solutions to challenging stressors.
  • Experience a supportive, nourishing, and energizing group environment.

March 18, 2011, Friday
Creative Arts Therapies Conference
The Role of the Creative Arts Therapies
In Roots of Awareness/Routes of Change

Academy of the Holy Names
Albany, New York
www.consultationcenteralbany.org

The Art of Stress Management
Explore the stress in your life from a creative, playful, and innovative perspective. Participants are lead through deep relaxation, meditation, guided imagery and creative arts therapy experiences that will help you reduce tension and cope with life's challenges effectively.

Workshop Objectives:

To present information that defines what stress is and how it affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally.

To guide participants through deep relaxation, meditation, and guided imagery exercises that relieve tension and revitalize energy at work or home.

To show how art therapy is a valuable tool for gaining insight and understanding into our personal stressors, as well as possible solutions to the problems and life challenges we face.

Key Workshop Concepts:
Learning and using the 'relaxation response' in our life is essential for good stress management. This response can be brought on through a variety of relaxing activities that will be described and demonstrated in the workshop.

Art Therapy is a valuable tool that can give us insight and understanding into our reactions to stress.

Art and creativity are also ways to relax and express ourselves, which are important in managing stress effectively.

Methods of Presentation:
A beginning playful game/lecture/discussion defines stress.

A creative arts therapy experience continues to help participants define stress and gain insight into their own personal life challenges as well as reactions/solutions to stress.

In the second part of the program a progressive relaxation, meditation, and guided imagery process focuses on eliciting the 'relaxation response'.

Directly following the meditation and guided imagery process, group participants will have the opportunity to draw individual 'Mandalas', which continues to build on the quiet, centered, and relaxing feelings from the previous experience.

March 3, 10, and 17, 2010
Wednesdays
Workshop Series
Cornell Minds Matter
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Creatively Coping With Stress™

Come ready to explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. Workshop participants will be lead through a variety of deep relaxation, guided imagery, and art experiences to help manage and cope with life’s challenges effectively. Learn about stress and ways to relieve tension and revitalize energy at school or home. This workshop series utilizes a ‘hands-on-format;’ however, absolutely no previous art experience is necessary to attend, or benefit from this program.
See September 16, 2009 "Workshop Series Outline."

October 3, 2009
Saturday
Art Beyond Cornell
Willard Straight Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Draw From Within: Art Therapy
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy. Through a lecture and creative arts therapy experience, participants are introduced to the topic and profession of Art Therapy. Basic information is provided on the requirements to become an art therapist and career opportunities in the field.

September 16, 23, 30, and October 7, 2009
Wednesdays
Workshop Series
Cornell Minds Matter
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Creatively Coping With Stress™

Come ready to explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. Workshop participants will be lead through a variety of deep relaxation, guided imagery, and art experiences to help manage and cope with life’s challenges effectively. Learn about stress and ways to relieve tension and revitalize energy at school or home. This workshop series utilizes a ‘hands-on-format;’ however, absolutely no previous art experience is necessary to attend, or benefit from this program.

Workshop Series Outline

Week #1
September 16

What is stress?
Word game / Definition

How does stress affect us?
Physically, mentally, emotionally, & behaviorally

Creatively explore your personal stressors

Group discussion…

Week #2
September 23

What is the Relaxation Response?
Diaphragmatic Breathing
The Stress Breaker

Progressive Relaxation
The Stress Breaker

Ways To Relax…
Play, breathe, and relax with clay

Week #3
September 30

A Good Stress Manager
Resources For Coping With Stress
Setting Priorities and Creating Balance
Break Time: What's fun for you?

Cut, tear, and paste: The magic of collage
Images of stress
Images of relaxation

Week #4
October 7

Guided Imagery
Creative Mandala Experience
Using the circle to make
order out of disorder


Group discussion …

Wrap-up and closure
Resources for Audio Cassettes, CD's
Video's and books on stress reduction
Recommended reading

August 24, 2009, Thursday
South Central Regional Library Council
Ulysses Philomathic Library
Trumansburg, New York

Creatively Coping With Stress™
Come ready to explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. Workshop participants will be lead through a variety of deep relaxation, guided imagery, and art experiences to help manage and cope with life’s challenges effectively. Learn about stress and ways to relieve tension and revitalize energy at work or home. This workshop utilizes a ‘hands-on-format;’ however, absolutely no previous art experience is necessary to benefit from this program.

May 2, 2009, Saturday
445 Ferguson Road
Freeville, New York
Cost: $65 - $85 sliding scale. (Lunch, refreshments, and materials included.)
To register, please call (607) 844-3884 or for more information e-mail info@pennyhbaron.com.

Creatively Coping With Stress
TM
Come ready to explore the stress in your life from a creative and innovative perspective. This workshop will uniquely integrate information on how to reduce and manage stress effectively with personally empowering creative exercises. Learn to relieve tension and revitalize energy at work or home. Enhance your health and well-being.

This program will help you:

  • Understand how stress effects you physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally.
  • Define what stress means to you and explore the coping skills you possess to become a good stress manager.
  • Learn mini 'stress breakers' that use deep breathing, relaxation, and guided imagery techniques to relieve tension and revitalize energy.
  • Utilize personally empowering creative exercises that will assist you in identifying positive solutions to challenging stressors.
  • Experience a supportive, nourishing, and energizing group environment.

Creatively Coping With Stress™
(CCWS) programs began in 1985 as a vehicle for participants to maximize their individual creative abilities when coping with the stressors and challenges of life. Lectures, seminars, and workshops have always emphasized current knowledge, research, and techniques from the field of stress management.

Today, eighty percent of all illnesses are considered to be stress related or aggravated by stress. Because of this, it is vitally important that each one of us takes time out to consider how stress may be effecting us physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. CCWS programs give individuals a chance to gain a better understanding into what stress is and their unique response to the stressors of life.

CCWS programs do not 'overstress' participants with too much information and too few positive solutions. Programs are designed with a balanced, holistic perspective in mind. The atmosphere is relaxing, creative, experiential, and playful where participants learn by doing. This is especially important in dealing with stress because research has found that individuals who best control their stress use just this active, rather than passive approach. Control, however, need not be rigid. A creative perspective towards one's life opens up options and possibilities around stressful situations not originally considered by that individual.

April 17, 2009, Friday
Creative Arts Therapies Conference
The Symbolic, Perceptive, Intuitive, Relational,
Inspiring, Therapeutic Aspects of the Creative Arts Therapies

Academy of the Holy Names
Albany, New York
www.consultationcenteralbany.org

Crossing the Bridge to Health: A Creative and Symbolic Journey
Through a lecture and experiential format participants learn how the creative and symbolic process can be an important source of healing for our body, mind, and spirit when faced with an illness or physical problem. Come ready to envision ways to enhance your own health and well-being.

March 12, 2009, Thursday
Borg Warner Room
Tompkins County Public Library
Ithaca, New York

"Celebrate Creative Arts Therapies Week"
Throughout the USA, during the second week in March, creative arts therapists will be sponsoring special workshops, exhibitions, career days and other events to share their work with the public, and with other professions. The Creative Arts Therapies include art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy and psychodrama. These modalities are applied in rehabilitative, psychiatric, medical, community and educational agencies. The objectives of the creative arts therapies are to foster health, communication and expression; to enhance self-awareness; to promote the integration of emotional, physical, social and cognitive functioning; and to facilitate positive change in human experience and behavior.

Presenter Penny H. Baron, PhD, will discuss the profession of creative arts therapies and the use of arts modalities and creative processes for personal growth, therapy, and rehabilitation. After an introductory lecture, participants will be guided through a creative arts therapy experience to enhance self-expression and awareness. Handouts and materials provided. *No previous art experience is necessary. Space is limited: Pre-registration is suggested.

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