Monthly Archives: February 2015

A War Doctor Turned Poet Treats PTSD with Literature | VICE | United States

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10557551_10152380766338737_2256889744652597559_oSince I am concentrating on the arts as they are being used to help veterans, I thought that the experience of a doctor-veteran would interest you on this cold and snowy weekend.

Frederick Foote was a navy doctor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a poet and the founder of the Epidaurus Project. Epidaurus is supporting and advocating for the use of holistic medicine throughout the armed forces. His is one of the stories I will be sharing in the book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creativity and the Arts in a Changing World.” I will also include his project in the  Veterans Resource Guide, Living through Creativity.

This is a great interview, enjoy it.

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A War Doctor Turned Poet Treats PTSD with Literature | VICE | United States.

Check out my Go Fund Me project in support of “Living through Creativity: Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing. We appreciate your support and encouragement.

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransguide

The Kyle Group Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

The Kyle Group
Our Work Is
Keeping Creativity Alive

Living Through Creativity: Veterans’ Resource Guide on the Arts and Healing.

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Veterans Playing at the 2013 National Veterans Arts Festival

Veterans Playing at the 2013 National Veterans Arts Festiv

As I have been doing the research for the book, it has become clearer to me every day that curated information on the arts and healing is needed, especially for those suffering from traumatic experiences. I have decided to focus on publishing my resource guide for veterans by the summer. “Living through Creativity: A Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing” will provide information on research, programs and organizations that provide opportunities for veterans to use creativity and the arts to increase health and wellness. This is a project of the Kyle Group and will be the first in a series of similar resource guides. The next one with be on the arts and dementia.

We will publish it first as an e-book on Amazon, followed by a print edition in paperback in the Fall of 2015. I am working on a series of collages that will integrate examples of veterans’ work in them. One will serve as cover, others as illustrations. I plan to have a small traveling exhibit ready for the fall to raise awareness in our communities of the importance of the arts in healing and wellness for veterans.

The resource guide will be for veterans primarily, but also for their families and health professionals working with veterans. If you can help even in a very small way, you will be advancing an important cause. Use the contact form below to tell me about any programs in your community linking veterans and the arts.

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransguide

Veteran Making the Milwaukee Steles

Veteran Making the Milwaukee Steles

How Art Heals the Wounds of War

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10615986_10152385498453581_5620940650883994147_nSeveral weeks ago I wrote about the article on veterans’ mask-making in the February National Geographic. This is a related interview withthe director of the art therapy program at Walter Reed. If offers good information and insight into this important program. I will be featuring the program in my book and in the Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing.

Using the arts to help veterans is one part of a larger focus on the arts and trauma. This is a topic that deserves a book of its own, but I have to finish one thing at a time!

Have a great weekend. Let me know about programs in your community through the contact form at the end of this post.

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The Kyle Group: We Keep Creativity Alive.

How Art Heals the Wounds of War.

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Play To Be Well – A Story of Art and Health in Antigonish

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Vrygron, SA Capricorn Elementary Schoo

Vrygron, SA
Capricorn Elementary School

The story is from Canada, the images I am including are from the Butterfly Project in South Africa. The lessons are the same. Using creativity, the arts and play leads to the development of a healthy community.

The stories I am following in areas like Antigonish and the suburbs of Cape Town show us how important it is to support creativity and the arts in the community. The leadership for these programs also must come from the community, with support form within and beyond local borders.

I chose this information for today to herald what will be an intensive look at the role of play in human and community development. The philosophical foundation of my work is threefold: we play, we make, we know. All human progress, both individual and in the community comes from these activities. Much more to come…

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 Play To Be Well – A Story of Art and Health in Antigonish.

Butterfly Project Vrygod, SA

Butterfly Project
Vrygod, SA

 

The Kyle Group Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

The Kyle Group
Our Work Is
Keeping Creativity Alive

Cool Art Therapy Intervention #8: Mask Making | Psychology Today

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Student Art Saints Peter & Paul Salerian School

Student Art
Saints Peter & Paul Salerian School

Psychology Today often has interesting ideas to share. A few weeks  ago I posted links to the wonderful National Geographic feature on veterans making masks to work on the healing process. If you didn’t see it, check it out.

Masks and mask-making has fascinated me for decades. It is an art that we can use in many situations, not just formal art therapy interventions. Mask-making and puppets allow us to express feelings, to create new worlds, and to explore our deepest concerns. My company, The Kyle Group, has developed a series of workshops on mask-making that we adapt to the specific group and its needs. We offer them for young and old, in many different settings. If you are interested in having us design and present a workshop that meets your needs, please contact me through the form at the end of this post.

Check out this article from Psychology Today. It just may suggest a new direction for you.

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #8: Mask Making | Psychology Today.

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The Kyle Group–Our Work: Keeping Creativity Alive

Clowns Without Borders Brings Its Act To Conflict Zones To Let Kids Just Be Kids

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Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders

I am back in Massachusetts and will posting regularly on this curated information blog on the arts and wellness.

One of the major themes of my book is the role of the arts in traumatic situations. I will feature Clowns Without Borders; they are doing wonderful work across the world, helping children and communities suffering through conflicts and destruction. They have just finished extensive tours to both the Middle East and Mexico. A wonderful group to support and encourage!

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Clowns Without Borders Brings Its Act To Conflict Zones To Let Kids Just Be Kids.

Clown Doctors at Work

Clown Doctors at Work

 

Our Work

Our Work

 

News and Coming Developments: Resource Guide on Arts and Healing for Veterans

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Flowing Water Regina MJ Kyle

Flowing Water
Regina MJ Kyle

I have not been posting regularly for the last few weeks because I am moving back to Massachusetts from Florida and have been busy packing and sending boxes north. Beginning this coming weekend I will post several times a week on new developments and my usual sharing of curated information on the arts and wellness.

I am developing a few resource guides that I will publish on Amazon in the spring. The first of these is a guide on the arts and healing for veterans. While there is much activity in using the arts as part of the healing and reintegration process for veterans returning to civilian life, there is no single source that vets can go to for information and opportunities. Our new guide will fill that gap.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for the guide, please get in touch with me through this blog. Let me know about any activities in your community.

Regina MJ  Kyle Maps in the River

Regina MJ Kyle
Maps in the River