“Chill & Spill a great outlet for kids to express themselves
in, especially a lot of kids who don’t do well with reading or
writing or are tired of talking about their problem. It gives them
a sense of autonomy and control, and that’s really important.”
~ Ivy, Youth Counselor, Ruth Dykeman Center, Seattle, WA
“Chill & Spill is the best kind of therapy. This book
provides the instrument that many teenagers need to externalize
their feelings so that they might better understand themselves and
resolve the issues that so often trouble them. It encourages the
best kind of reflection and is destined to make an impact for good
among young people going through a difficult time of life.”
~ Dr. Tony Campolo, PhD, Teacher & Author
“So, here’s where I live now, but everything’s just out of
place; but when I come to Chill & Spill, it’s like I’m in
heaven or something because it’s so peaceful and stuff.”
~ Joquaesha, 12-year-old residential treatment patient, Ruth
“Chill & Spill helped me through a lot of stuff. It wasn’t
just an ordinary journal where you just write your feelings down.
It talked back to you. Instead of just writing stuff down and
reading it over, it actually had some stuff to tell you after what
you told it.”
~ Kayla, 18-year-old, YMCA Independent Living Program, Seattle,
4/14/2015 – What other topics does the book include?
Response From Art with Heart: Chill & Spill features 18 activities and prompts that help teens: build an emotional vocabulary, articulate needs, cope with stress in positive ways, anticipate the future, and more. It helps lead them in a developmentally appropriate way towards social and emotional wellness.
4/14/2015 – What inspired Art with Heart to make this book?
Response From Art with Heart: Inspired to action after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, Art with Heart began researching ways to help the masses of children affected by the devastating trauma – many who might otherwise suffer in silence as they matured. The result was an interactive journal which combined creative writing exercises with expressive art activities. Chill & Spill came off the press just as Hurricane Katrina struck and was put to use immediately in Louisiana with 1,500 young survivors.
4/14/2015 – How can a book help teens dealing with crisis?
Response From Art with Heart: When a teen is dealing with a crisis or a traumatic event, they go through strong emotional responses and may not be able to articulate their feelings. So they often express things through their behavior. Chill & Spill is a therapeutic, guided journal that combines creative writing and expressive art with therapies. From the survivors of disaster to kids of divorce, Chill & Spill helps teens express their suffering and strength, which facilitates healing, promotes coping skills, and builds self-confidence. The book helps them communicate the inexpressible and see themselves as survivors rather than victims – a critical step in trauma recovery. The book speaks to teens in their own language and is a back-pack friendly, visually engaging resource.
4/14/2015 – What makes this book therapeutic?
Response From Art with Heart: Chill & Spill features a combination of writing and art prompts to support teens as they develop understanding of themselves and their emotions. The content is based on a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, and art therapy. But these therapies are not readily apparent to teens because of the “cool” artwork contained in the book.
4/14/2015 – What is the best way to use Chill & Spill?
Response From Art with Heart: The journal is used in both one-on-one sessions and group settings. The prompts are based on strength-building activities, so it can safely be given to a teen to use individually. But because this book contains useful therapies, using it within a therapeutic setting allows the greatest healing, learning, and engagement.. It is used in schools, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, psych units, and juvenile detention facilities.
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