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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Herkimer BOCES health science careers
students learn the benefits of art therapy

July 5, 2017




Health science careers juniors pose with paintings they made
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers instructor Christe Zambri and her junior students pose with their paintings after a “Benefits of Art Therapy in Healthcare” presentation from art therapy instructor Brenda Carney.



HERKIMER – Art therapy instructor Brenda Carney recently gave a “Benefits of Art Therapy in Healthcare” presentation to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers students.

The goal of the activity was to show students how coping mechanisms such as painting can be used in the healthcare field to help patients and also how the students can use it to help themselves, Herkimer BOCES health science careers instructor Christe Zambri said.

“They were really receptive to this,” she said. “They loved it.”

Students were introduced to the methods of art therapy in healthcare. Topics of discussion included anxiety and depression along with coping skills and strategies. Students were able to practice art therapy with a painting activity as they listened to relaxing music with aromatherapy and then discussed the physiological and psychological benefits of art therapy.

Health science junior Tracy White, of Central Valley, said she thought the activity was awesome.

“One thing that I took from it was: The time that we sat there and painted, I didn’t look at my phone once,” she said. “I went home that night and told my mom I had to go to buy some more painting stuff.”

The students said that even if you don’t think you can paint, you should try it.

“Painting is just one way to escape,” White said.

Health science junior Ashley Hosler, of Central Valley, said coloring is her outlet, and she enjoyed the painting experience.

“It kind of relieved a lot of my anxiety that I have every day,” she said.

Hosler said she thinks it’s a good idea to use such activities to help patients in the field.

“I definitely would,” she said. “I’d even bring it in.”

Health science junior Abigail Entwistle, of Frankfort-Schuyler, said the experience was relaxing.

“We got to let loose for a day,” she said. “It’s definitely a great way to get away from your problems for a little while.”





Health science careers seniors pose with paintings they made
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers instructor Christe Zambri and her junior students pose with their paintings after a “Benefits of Art Therapy in Healthcare” presentation from art therapy instructor Brenda Carney.








 
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