What is Studio E
What is Studio E?
Developed for people with epilepsy, Studio E art therapy groups are led by MA level and beyond professionals trained in both art therapy and counseling and are knowledgeable about human development; psychological theories; clinical practice; spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions; and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research.Within a professional therapeutic relationship and through creation and reflection, participants of art therapy can increase self-awareness and develop coping mechanisms for symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasure of making art.
Reference 1: About Us. American Art Therapy Association. 2012. http://www.artherapy.org/aata-aboutus.html
Prior to the launch of Studio E, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago conducted art therapy programs for adults with great success. In 2011, the program was recognized and funded by Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois dedicated to providing innovative specialty therapies to help people with central nervous system (CNS) disorders. With a special commitment to addressing the needs of the epilepsy community, Lundbeck partnered with four local Epilepsy Foundation affiliates to pilot the Studio E program, and later partnered with 27 affiliates making the program available in 30 cities across the country.
- Studio E participants create art using a variety of mediums, such as painting, sketching, collaging and sculpting.
- The sessions are led by a professional art therapist using an open studio model, which promotes freedom of expression and open sharing through a series of steps throughout the course of the session.
- Studio E offers a unique opportunity for those impacted by epilepsy to socialize with others affected by the condition, open up honestly about their daily challenges through art and, potentially, raise awareness of the condition.
- Participants have the opportunity to display their artwork at a variety of national medical meetings, such as the Children Neurology Society and American Epilepsy Society annual meetings, as well as at local events, to help raise awareness of their situation and the condition of epilepsy.
- Studio E is open to all people living with epilepsy. Previous experience with art making or "perceived" talent is not necessary.Everyone is welcome and encouraged to explore individual creativity.
A Studio E art therapist talks about the benefits of art therapy for people living with epilepsy on NBC4.