Arts-Based Mindfulness Group Work With Youth Aging Out of Foster Care.
Lougheed, Sean C. H. Coholic, Diana A.
Published: 2018; Online Dec. 15, 2016
Social Work With Groups
Vol. 41, No. 1-2 , p. 165-178
Taylor and Francis Group
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This article describes the development of a 10-week arts-based mindfulness group program for youth aging out of foster care. This unique group program is briefly described, and examples of creative activities are provided. The use of an arts-based approach was engaging and relevant for the youth given the challenges they displayed such as paying attention and focusing. The authors discuss other convergent facets of the group including its strengths-based approach, social understanding of resilience, and holistic approach to facilitating mindfulness. This article contributes to an emerging field of practice regarding creative and holistic applications of mindfulness with youth who are marginalized. (Author abstract)
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living; independent living skills; group work; group therapy; art therapy; therapeutic intervention; therapeutic effectiveness; youth engagement; resilience