Arts Based Self-Esteem Programs

Youth faced with acute or chronic illnesses often contend with a range of emotional challenges. Lengthy hospitalizations can lead to feelings of social isolation, while pain or medically-related limitations can cause severe anxiety, depression and poor self-esteem. Young people in economically challenged communities face a myriad of emotional and social stressors.

To help young people cope with the many psychosocial challenges that can accompany illness, chronic medical conditions, and the challenges of economic insecurity, The Art of Elysium offers a selection of arts-based support programs and resources. These programs focus on providing youth with positive psychosocial skills to cope with social, emotional, behavioral and/or physical challenges that set them apart from their peers.

The Art of Elysium offers self-esteem programming in each of our four major disciplines for these work- shops.

 

Multi-discipline Arts Based Self-Esteem Programs

Girl Talk is an arts based self-esteem workshop established by The Art of Elysium at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help girls (6 to 17 years of age) who are patients of plastic surgery.

Yo Lo Tengo is an arts based self-esteem workshop established by The Art of Elysium at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help boys (6 to 17 years of age) who are patients of plastic surgery.

The girls and boys attend an 8-week support program that uses an arts based approach that integrates fine and performing arts into each session. The goal of the program is to improve coping skills, as well as address social issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, communication, empowerment and positive self-image. The Art of Elysium is partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the 16th year to provide these creative workshops in art, dance, acting and fashion.

Girl Talk

Fashion & Design: T-shirt Design, Styling, and Modeling. Care and Esteem makeovers that include make-up, hair, and nails

Film & Theatre: Role Play and improv with volunteer actors for social skills and learning the differences between being passive, aggressive and assertive.

Music & Movement: Dance, Yoga for parents

Visual Arts: Self-portraits, with emphasis on creativity and expression of whole self and emo- tions. Photography and family shields

Yo Lo Tengo

Fashion & Design: T-shirt Design and super hero cape designs

Film & Theatre: Role Play and improv with volunteer actors for social skills and learning the differences between being passive, aggressive and assertive.

Music & Movement: Martial Arts for self-de- fense. Drum Circles. Yoga for parents.

Visual Arts: Wood working sculptures.

Creative Options

Creative Options is a co-ed group for at risk teens 13-20 years old that meets once a week for 24 weeks. Curriculum is based on Seeking Safety an evidence base practice that helps create awareness of how daily stressors play a role in making choices. Our volunteer artists focus on creative programming about positive alternatives like how to deal with everyday stressors, and improving peer interactions.

Teen Power

Teen Power intervention group is for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. These teens are at a significant risk for depression and frequently demonstrate poor glycemic control. Teen Power is a 10-week program of the Behavioral Health Division of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The group is facilitated by two therapists and comprised of 8 to 10 adolescent teens. The Art of Elysium provides artistic self-esteem skill based projects to help develop positive communication strategies and coping skills for those dealing with social-emotional and behavioral issues.

Northpoint

Northpoint is an art therapy support group for teenagers ages 13 to 19. The group is designed to present multiple creative arts activities to cultivate positive coping mechanisms, enhance communication skills, confidence and self-expression. Group members struggle with social, emotional, and mental health issues. The group averages 8 to 12 participants and is facilitated by one or two therapists. Northpoint is a program of the Child & Family Guidance Center at Northpoint School.