Office of Public Instruction and Montana Arts Council Team Up for Professional Development Workshop

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Art Therapy for Art Teachers Serving American Indian Students
A Workshop with Jennifer Thompson, M. A. E. T.
March 27-29, 2014
Woodcock Building, Salish Kootenai College Pablo, MT

“I just really want to thank the Montana Arts Council and OPI for putting together the art therapy workshop for us. It was absolutely wonderful to gather with other art teachers across the state and connect at a professional and personal level. Jennifer was a heartfelt presenter and brought so much to us. After 29 years of teaching I finally felt connected!”
— Participant from 2012 Art Therapy for Art Teachers workshop at MSU Billings

Goal: To give art teachers hands-on techniques and new strategies based in art therapy to take back into the classroom that help American Indian students achieve personal development goals.

Description: Through a series of thought-provoking questions, journal writing, small group sharing and art-making, teachers will receive an introduction to art therapy techniques, discovering new ways to help students access creative responses for personal development and enhance problem-solving skills, while fulfilling Montana Standards for visual art education in the classroom.

Who should attend: Art teachers and teachers working with Native American students who are comfortable making art with a desire to integrate art into their teaching practice.

About the Instructor: Jennifer L. Thompson has a Masters in Expressive Therapies from Lesley College. She has been a personal development coach for 18 years and uses art in all she does from statistics to decision-making to working one-on-one with clients of all ages. She also brings her experience as a professional Installation artist into her work with groups and clients.

There is no fee for participation. Registration will be limited to 15 participants. Travel, lodging and substitute teachers will be reimbursed by OPI.

Brief Agenda:

Thursday, March 27 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Friday, March 28 9:00 am-5:00 pm (lunch provided)
Saturday, March 29 9:00 am-12:00 pm

To Register: Download Flyer and Registration – Art Therapy 2014 or contact Joan Franke at OPI, (406) 444-3694.

Questions? Contact Emily Kohring, Director of Arts Education, Montana Arts Council ekohring@mt.gov or (406) 444-6522.

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