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PARTICIPANT BOOKLET. Dear participant: Welcome to Studio E, brought to you by the Epilepsy Foundation New England, serving MA, RI, NH, & ME and Lundbeck.

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1 PARTICIPANT BOOKLET

2 Dear participant: Welcome to Studio E, brought to you by the Epilepsy Foundation New England, serving MA, RI, NH, & ME and Lundbeck. We are excited that you have chosen to join us for this fun and meaningful art-making program. For many people, art therapy is a new experience, and you may be wondering what to expect. This packet provides additional details about Studio E, art therapy and the art therapists who will be leading your session. We will also be available to answer questions before, during and after your participation. Sessions will take place in a comfortable space and we will provide quality art materials for the program, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies or art projects. We hope that you will enjoy yourself and look forward to seeing you: When: May 3, May 10, May 17, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28 Where: ART Relief Located 818 Mt Auburn street Watertown, Ma Space is limited and your attendance for all groups is important in order to fully participate in the experience. We ask that you provide us with 24 hours notice if you cannot make it to a group, if at all possible. For cancellations, questions or concerns, please contact us: Phone: Sincerely, Susan Welby and Cecile Reve Epilepsy Foundation New England and Art Relief in Watertown, MA 2

3 Studio E is designed to offer group art therapy sessions to people with epilepsy. We will provide participants with the freedom to create art – to draw, paint or sculpt using a variety of mediums. Through their participation, attendees will be given the opportunity to strengthen their artistic voice, express emotions through art, and share with the group, as desired. We recognize that living with epilepsy can be challenging, and it’s our hope that this program will provide attendees with an outlet to express their emotions about epilepsy that may be difficult to explain to others. Once the session is complete, participants will also have the opportunity to share their voice and creations with the general public to increase awareness about epilepsy. They may be invited to show their work in upcoming local and/or national exhibits. This will be discussed further during the program. About Lundbeck With a special commitment to addressing the needs of the epilepsy community, Lundbeck is proud to be a part of many community-based initiatives. Engagement with patients, their families, caregivers, advocacy groups and the medical community fuels our passion to make a difference for those impacted by epilepsy. We are excited to be working with local Epilepsy Foundation affiliates to give people with epilepsy the chance to participate in a fun and meaningful art therapy experience. ABOUT 3

4 Intention At the beginning of each group, we will invite you to create an intention, or goal, for the day. Your intention can be personal, such as “Connect to my emotions about epilepsy,” or global, such as “Gain insight into understanding others in the community.” This intention will act as a guide throughout the remainder of the session. Art Making The art making time is devoted to exploring materials and creating in whatever capacity feels true for you. You may begin spontaneously, acting in a playful manner, and refine the process as the image or object takes form. Tapping into inner sensations, such as pleasure, frustration, contentment and anxiety, can provide new awareness about your inner world. It is best to allow the creative process to hold the reins, and not get too caught up in thinking or analyzing. This time is devoted to your own personal expression. If negative thoughts arise, you can simply observe them and go back to your work, back to your image. Witness Writing The last part of the group will be devoted to the written word. We will invite you to sit in front of your image/piece and simply observe its elements. You may begin by describing the shape, colors, lines, etc. This may lead to a deeper dialogue, where you may want to imagine you are the image: what are you saying, thinking, or feeling. These inquiries can lead to discoveries and insight. At the end, participants may read their writing to the group, if desired. During this time, listeners are asked to refrain from reacting and to simply witness the words being spoken and offer silent support. 4

5 1. Rubin, Judith (2005) Artful Therapy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2. Wadeson, Harriet (1980) Art Psychotherapy. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Art is a natural way to communicate Making art comes naturally to the human race - people think in images and ancient cultures communicated through pictograms and hieroglyphics before letters were developed. Still today, children all over the world in both primitive and advanced cultures communicate through marks or castles in sand, create pictures on the sides of caves, pieces of paper, even walls. 1,2 A picture is worth a thousand words Sometimes an image just grabs us and speaks to us in ways words cannot. The image goes beyond words. 1 Some things are easier to “say” through art Simply put, there are some things that many people cannot find the words to describe and illustrating them is easier. 1 Some things are easier to “see” through art In verbal communication, we are naturally highly guarded; we can say what we want and choose not to say what we don’t. With art, people are generally less defensive and we may be able to see ideas or expressions more clearly. 1,2 Making art relieves tension Doodling, squeezing clay, playing around with finger paints etc. all have the capacity to reduce tension and anxiety. Art therapy demands “full use of senses, in which unexpected things can result and be a springboard for discussion.” 1,2 Expressing darker emotions Art materials allow you to express aggression, anger and darker thoughts that you might otherwise keep hidden in a safe way. These feelings and thoughts are more easily expressed because “the … distance provided by the symbol allows people to say things long before they are ready to own them.” 1 In art, everyone can talk at once Unlike verbal communication, everyone can work on art at the same time in a group setting. 1 5

6 ARTrelief™ is dedicated to using and promoting the use of all forms of art to support health, joy, awareness, development, education, social-economical adjustment, cultural inclusion, equality, dignity and integrity in the community. It is dedicated to including low income individuals, individuals with disabilities and individuals suffering from chronic illness, as well as their families. It acknowledges cultural and religious freedom, tolerance and diversity as positive values in our society. At ARTrelief™, we strive to make our services easily accessible by anyone. We approach health as a work of art. We believe health is a practice, a continuum where our mind, body and spirit strive to achieve balance, flow, harmony, transparency, generosity, connectedness and wholeness. We believe that people have the right for immediate relief when in crisis, that relief needs to result in making people feel empowered, and that information and resources belong to the public." Cecile Reve, Co-founder at ARTrelief™, LMHC-Expressive Arts Therapist Ashlee Richey, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist 6

7 About Lundbeck Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Lundbeck, a wholly-owned subsidiary of H. Lundbeck A/S in Denmark, is dedicated to providing innovative specialty therapies that fulfill unmet medical needs of people with central nervous system (CNS) disorders. With a special commitment to addressing the needs of the epilepsy community, Lundbeck makes several therapies available in the U.S. for people with challenging seizure disorders and is proud to be a part of many community- based initiatives. Lundbeck is doing all it can to provide support today while driving research and innovation toward a better future. Each year, our employees actively support and participate in more than 100 epilepsy awareness events. Engagement with patients, their families, caregivers, advocacy groups and the medical community fuels our passion to make a difference for those impacted by epilepsy. Lundbeck is 70 percent owned by the Lundbeck Foundation, which contributes millions annually to scientific research. In 2010, the Foundation granted nearly $71 million to research in biomedical and natural sciences. Lundbeck invests more than 20 percent of annual revenues in research and development. PR199AR1 For 30 years, the Epilepsy Foundation New England, Inc. has been making a difference for people with epilepsy, as well as educating the community and developing support networks for families and friends. Many people know little or nothing about epilepsy. Knowledge is power and leads to understanding. We educate individuals and groups in the community about seizure disorders and the impact of living with epilepsy. Our educational conferences are held periodically in different regions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine. We facilitate connections through support groups for adults living with epilepsy and the Parent & Family Support Network so that individuals and families affected by epilepsy may share experiences and offer suggestions to one another. People gain strength in knowing that they are not alone. Programs and Services enable us to help those affected by epilepsy. Our programs focus on individuals of all ages, families and quality of life issues. The Foundation provides accurate information about epilepsy, diagnosis, treatment and first aid. We assist people with contacting the appropriate agencies to help them with issues of health insurance, prescription drug plans, disability, Social Security, employment and discrimination. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation New England is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. About the Epilepsy Foundation New England 7


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