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Show, don’t tell…

 

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Show don’t tell is my returning solution. If you can see a dilemma it is ready to upload to the imagination and the imagination is an incredible storyteller.

It can imagine different futures. It is the flight simulator of different ways, and hopefully of  “Better”.

An experience of being different is always more powerful than talking about it.

That has been the organizing idea around creating art that heals…an exhibition that can get useful mental health understanding across to anyone who cares to look.

“I can’t do therapy without a whiteboard,” I tell my peer review group. “Kids get it when you draw pictures. They stay in the room and are actually interested in what I’m explaining.”

My Colleagues agree with me that most of our work with adolescents involves teaching them how emotions work. Together we examine the mechanics of how they “lose it” and encourage them to observe it playing out in themselves. Observing allows them to name it. Next they start to wrangle it et voila, the first tiny tendrils of self regulation.

That, to me, is just a starting point:

Can we re-understand the process of relationships, frame by frame?

Can we look at how emotions arc up, disorganize, explode and then dissipate, moment by moment?

I am starting to consider looking at how our stories unfold at the molecular level…

With the proliferation of digital visual forms I want to explore this medium more acutely, -swap stories with colleagues. Next…

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Dancing girl with ribbon...

Dancing girl with ribbon…

Trudging towards destiny...

Trudging towards destiny…