Deb Schroder mentioned that her favorite art therapy directive is the Inside/Outside Mandala. So this is it! It’s this simple. Take a piece of paper and draw a circle on it (sometimes I free hand it, but if a lid or something happens to be around I’ll trace it), and state your directive. You might state it like this: Think of the inside of the circle as what’s going on the inside of you and the outside of the circle as everything that’s happening around you. Get going (:)) draw, collage, color, glue, scribble, tear (you cannot do this incorrectly!).
Wading through Pinterest I came across this piece of art and thought what a great art therapy directive. I am uncertain who the artist/author/creator of this piece is, but I found a trail that might eventually lead to it here.
1. Draw a silhouette (or print one off of the internet)
2. Ask your client a question: What’s on your mind? What’s happening in your head? Or, it could be used as a response to guided imagery work, dream work, visualization, etc. More, it has great potential as a check-in and would also work wonderfully as a thoughtful piece to consider how to clear one’s head. Better yet, don’t say anything at all and simply allow your client to respond without any direction.
3. Create. Great for collage, drawing, painting…