LEGO-based Expressive Arts Therapy: Expansion of Play Range and Construction of Existential Meaning with KWONG Man Kit, Aleck, MA
Research studies have shown that blocks are an effective tool for expression and communication, and improving mood. There is a term called Ibasho in Japan which originally means whereabouts or a place of one’s own, and was later used in psychology to describe one’s sense of role, authenticity, relief, and perceived acceptance. It was found that collective LEGO block creation can increase adolescents’ Ibasho, especially in the sense of role and responsibilities. The workshop will discuss the characteristics of LEGO as a visual art material used in therapy setting based on the model of expressive therapies continuum. This workshop will also use two cases, an elementary school child with ADHD and socio-emotional difficulties and a group of high school students, to illustrate how LEGO block creation can lead to intermodal transfer to and superimposition with other art modalities which include collective drawing, songwriting, and drama. Collaborative artmaking approach for stigma reduction which involves art exhibition or expressing voices to the public through art modalities will also be discussed. Through experiential learning, case sharing and interactive discussion which integrate theories and practice, participants in this workshop will see how LEGO-based expressive arts therapy can help clients expand their play range, construct existential meaning, and enhance their creativity and well-being at individual, group, and community levels.
Friday, March 27, 2020
11AM – 12:30PM