PPSA Presents: Self-Care Through Altered Book Art

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Date(s) - 02/28/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Class of 49, Houston Hall


Please see event details below the flier! You are requested to bring a book to this event that you are willing to transform.

Light lunch will be served. Please bring water with you. In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, we will not be providing bottled water. 

An altered book is a mixed media artwork that is intended to change the book from its original form to a creative outlet for self-expression. It is designed to embody transformation of the explicit use of a book by means of implementing one’s own narrative into an existing story that suits the creator. This can be done by means of collaging, painting, coloring, cutting, or highlighting certain aspects of the book. Alteration to the book can be simple or complex, what matters is that you’re are creating your own narrative while working with your chosen medium. Some find the symbolism of designing one’s story over another narrative to be healing, exhilarating, and promote self-reflection on how to be the narrator of our own lives. While altered books have been used as a form of creative expression, it holds several uses, including application within art therapy techniques. During this workshop, you will be asked to create an altered book that demonstrates your own definition of self-care. While we will only be modifying the cover of your altered book, it is a piece of work that can symbolize your intentional steps toward self-care. It can also be used as a tool to continue developing your self-care practice after the workshop has ended. Please bring a book to this that you are willing to transform. This may be a book that you have revered for years, or literature that you have found meaning in. Maybe it’s a book you found for free and have never read! Either way, make sure it is a piece you are willing to transform, starting your creative reflection about what it means to care for yourself.

Currently, Leanna Brisson is a pre-doctoral intern at University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services. She is a Doctoral Candidate from Loyola University of Maryland’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program. Prior to this, she completed her Masters in Psychology at Stony Brook University. While there, she implemented and published research exploring the dynamics of identity and career development in second generation immigrant East Asian college students. The majority of Leanna’s clinical training was completed in college counseling centers in the Baltimore, Maryland area working with emerging adults with a diversity of presenting concerns, including mood disorders, perfectionism, eating concerns, family of origin concerns, multicultural issues, interpersonal relationships, trauma, sexual well-being, and social identity development and integration. Once completing her doctorate in May 2020, she will continue her clinical development in the Therapy Group of DC Fellowship Program.