The “Jersey Coast Creates” program is designed to emotionally support NJ families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The New Jersey Art Therapy Association in partnership with CHART Inc., Communities Healing Through Art, is offering the “Jersey Coast Creates” program, designed to support families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The mission of this program is to provide the following services:

  • Introductory education and awareness on arts and healing for arts and health professionals, educators and other clinical mental health professionals working with disaster victims.
  • Structured arts activities emphasizing creative expression for promoting a sense of safety, fostering social connections, and instilling hope.
  • Information and referral about creative arts therapy services in the community and other mental health services for individuals at risk and to improve personal and community resilience.

The Jersey Coast Creates program is being piloted in Oceanport in Monmouth County, NJ serving displaced families from Oceanport, Seabright and Monmouth Beach. The pilot will consist of three; two-hour arts based workshops for children age 5-14 and their parents/guardians. The workshops are designed to be age-appropriate, success-based and supportive experiences to help children and their parents cope with distress related to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The New Jersey Art Therapy Association, Inc. (NJATA) is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing. NJATA, a non-profit entity, is an official affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. Art Therapists have a Master’s degree or higher and are credentialed through registration (ATR) and board certification (BC) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). To learn more about NJATA, please visit: http://www.njarttherapy.org

CHART is a nonprofit organization based in the United States, which specializes in providing psychosocial support through the arts to underserved communities and those affected by man-caused and natural disasters. CHART has participated in a broad range of disaster relief efforts including in Thailand and India following the South Asian tsunami in 2005, in Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr in 2008, after wildfire disasters in California, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. More information can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CHART-Communities-Healing-Through-Art/7644242543

It is intended that the Jersey Coast Creates program will replicate the pilot in other affected areas and develop community partnerships with organizations proving services to victims of Hurricane Sandy. If you have any interest in collaborating with the Jersey Coast Creates program, please feel free to contact us at JerseyCoastCreates@gmail.com

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