Expressive Arts Therapy Groups

Residents are able to engage in the creative process through art modalities such as visual art, music, writing, dance, drama, and storytelling.
Therapeutic groups at CPT provide the necessary structure and support to help residents learn skills, discover new interests and talents, express emotions in a safe way, and work on independent projects.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a therapeutic modality in which an art therapist works with individuals to create visual art in a therapeutic setting. Both the process of the art making and the resulting art product can be important areas to reflect on. At CPT, art therapy groups help our residents express emotions in a safe way, from managing anger through pounding out clay, to using watercolors to depict a calming image. Art therapy is also used at CPT to help residents confront behavioral issues, and reconcile deeper emotional conflicts.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic modality that utilizes music as the therapeutic agent of change. Music therapy can be used to foster a positive therapeutic relationship, develop self-realization, and encourage personal growth. CPT offers music therapy groups, as well as individual sessions. Some of the interventions utilized include: group sing-a-longs, drum circles, song writing, instrument play, and lyrical analysis.

Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. This active and experiential approach provides the context for CPT residents to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, develop empathy, foster feelings of empowerment and confidence, and create community. Through drama therapy, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced. At CPT, drama therapy interventions include role play, puppetry, mask work, improvisation, creative writing, and expressive movement.

Activity Groups

Groups such as leisure, karaoke, and board games help residents engage socially with their peers, practice structuring their independent time, have fun, distract from symptoms, and learn something new.

Educational Groups

Educational groups provide residents with an opportunity to open their minds to something new, stay connected to the world, reflect on spirituality, and learn. These groups include history, literature, sex education, and many others.

Skill-building Groups

Residents practice important skills to help them manage and cope with mental illness, and provide opportunities for recovery. These groups include stress management, assertiveness training, relapse prevention, social skills, and coping tools.