When Words Are Not Enough: Art as Therapeutic Self-help

By Coral Cara.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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Life is full of major events, either joyous or devastating. "When Words Are Not Enough" examines the need for art as therapeutic self-help in times of crisis. This paper examines the research on art and art practices whilst telling the story of an individual who used art when words were not enough to fully capture and express intense loss. The work is ongoing and has been an important means of self-expression, self-analysis, and self-discovery. The paper contributes to the understanding of the importance of art and art practices for individuals seeking a form of expression beyond verbal and linguistic forms. The author has created an ongoing visual narrative as a form of documentation and expression.

Keywords: Art, Self-help, Therapeutic Benefits, Art Practice, Visual Narratives

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 606.794KB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer and Academic, College of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students. She also has wide ranging experience working in health and wellbeing; is a trainer/educator/instructor in many fields and using this extensively in her holistic approach to education and inclusive practices.