All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
ViewPoint Center believes that art can be an extremely powerful tool for boosting self-confidence and improving one's work ethic. Daily one-hour Art classes are held four days each week at Viewpoint, headed up by Nate Pack, a teacher at the ViewPoint Center. Nate has experience in the art world professionally for two decades. His illustrations have been published in numerous magazines and his paintings have been shown in a variety of venues. Pack discusses his experience as an art teacher at ViewPoint Center:
Learning about art is just as important as the other subjects students learn in school. And in a treatment and assessment environment, art is an opportunity to access teens who have difficulty expressing themselves via other forms of communication; these newly successful students can feel more confident in themselves.
Recently, Nate had a student tell him that he couldn’t do art. Nate told him that "everyone can do art, but some people don’t like the way their art turns out. Just like any subject, you need to push yourself and work hard to see improvements." If students begin to see growth, they start to feel better about their abilities. This newfound confidence can translate into other areas of life.
During these art classes, students offer constructive criticism to each other. Nate believes this to be one of the most important parts of the process. A student seeing their own work through another’s eyes can help identify much needed improvements that otherwise would remain invisible.
During this critique, students discuss the ways in which their creations relate back to their own struggles. This ties art classes back to the clinical work students do with the therapeutic team. It is important to remember that no one is born a great artist. Everyone, even people who are naturally skilled at art, can improve.
About ViewPoint Center
ViewPoint Center, a mental health assessment center for teens ages 12-17, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 6-7 weeks, ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for teens struggling with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process.