Arts Council and PHC: Creative partnering brings free programs for children and parents

Maggie Mooney

People for a Healthy Community

Tuesday, April 10 2012

Starting Wednesday, April 11 and running for five weeks, a Rainbows program for children will be offered at People for a Healthy Community (PHC) at the same time as an art therapy program for parents and caregivers, sponsored by Gabriola Arts Council (GAC), will be held upstairs at The Commons.
The Rainbows program fosters emotional healing among children and youth grieving a loss. Losses can come in many forms in young lives. These losses, among others, include separation and divorce, death, incarceration, foster care and having a family member in the military.
Rainbows provides a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment to process their feelings, build self-esteem and learn positive coping tools to last a lifetime. The session is aimed at children 5 to 12 years old.
The expressive arts therapy program will be facilitated by two art therapists and is open to parents or caregivers of children in the Rainbow program, as well as for parents who feel the need for support and connection, or parents who wish to creatively explore difficult feelings or situations in a safe, confidential environment. If you have a willingness to have fun, to share support with other parents, to tap into your imagination and to commit to the five sessions, this is a rare and free opportunity made possible through a generous bequest to GAC from the Kitty J. Heller Integrated Art Therapy Program.
The program runs April 11 to May 9, 6-7:30 p.m. To register, phone 250-247-7311 or email info@phc-gabriola.org.