Victoria Fleming, Outgoing Region VI SAC
May 10, 2018
Many of us have seen “Coloring Books for Adults” all over social media. Some people say it’s just another company capitalizing on childhood memorabilia to make money, where others have swore by it saying it can help relieve anxiety, stress, and other common alignments that affect our everyday lives. Well, what if I told you there has actually been research put behind this movement?
CRAFT Therapy stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) therapy assist an individual how to resist change. CRAFT therapy helps come up with variety of coping techniques to improve positive behavior and reinforcement. Originally designed to show how others can interact with the individual in order to bring family members closer together, we took our own twist geared more towards our student body.
At California State University San Bernardino, we see the worth in doing certain crafts as a form of coping or just relaxation. We offer a new craft every week, and each craft has a specific way of how it ties into mental health. We call our program “Creative Coyotes” in honor of our mascot Cody the coyote.
Some examples of crafts we offer are:
There are several other crafts that we provide for our students and I could probably go on forever and ever, so I think I’m just gonna stick with these big five that students on my campus seem to enjoy the most. In analysis of our own students based off of a distributed survey, 95.6% of students wanted CRAFT Therapy (later renamed) to be offered again in the future academic year. Students love to have creative outlets to reduce their stress, and it shows in our attendance having an average of 40 students every session.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I think it’s important we all take a step back to reflect on our life and take a moment out of the day to do a craft. Whether it be a collage to give to someone for Mother’s day, or a touchstone to grasp on during that next job interview. These small pieces of art help us ground back to what is important. Even if we don’t face a mental illness ourselves, we could all use a little more time to incorporates things into our lives that keep our mental health balanced.
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