ART THERAPY & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Cancer can, at times, feel isolating. It is important to connect and communicate with friends and family…even those we don’t know who are facing the same challenge. Among days of both good news and not-so-good news, you need to embrace opportunities to express your emotions honestly and freely. We promise it will make coping with cancer just a little bit easier.

Featured Program

Words with Friends - Journaling Basics

Bring your lunch and learn the basics of journaling. During times of stress, journaling can be a personal and useful tool when dealing with difficult emotions and situations. Open to participants and caregivers.

Registration required.

  • Part 1: Tuesday, January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • Part 2: Tuesday, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm (both sessions)

Led by Karen Fatica Geiger MA/CCC-SLP

Registration required

Sex & Cancer Book Club

  • If interested, please contact ECWC and we will notify you when the group is of a good size and a date has been determined.

Changes can occur in one’s intimate life after a cancer
diagnosis. For this session, you’ll read Women, Cancer,
Sex by award winning author Ann Katz ahead of time
and then gather for a discussion lead by Michelle Jones,
LCSW, a certified Sex Therapist. Registration
is required and limited. Contact Kim Connelly for details.

Facilitated by Michelle Jones, LCSW
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Psychotherapist
Life Balance Counseling and Wellness, LLC

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Words with Friends

  • Part 1: Tuesday, January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm

Bring your lunch and learn the basics of journaling. During times of stress, journaling can be a personal and useful tool when dealing with difficult emotions and situations. Open to participants and caregivers.

Registration required.

Part 2: Tuesday, February 6th, 13th, 27th, March 5th 

This series is open to anyone that participated in either part 1 or have journaling experience and wants to learn more.
Registration required, begins in February.

Led by Karen Fatica Geiger MA/CCC-SLP

REGISTER HERE

Open Art Studio

  • Every Third Wednesday
  • 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • 2/21 Open Doodle!

 

Participate in a myriad of crafts and activities to show off your creative side!  This is a non-directed activity with occasional guest artists and crafters to designate a project. On 2/21, we’ll learn the benefits of doodling to relieve stress. 

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Adult Art Therapy Sessions

  • January 11th and 25th
  • February 8th and 22nd
  • March 14th and 28th
  • 5:15 pm

Art therapy uses a blend of creative art-making and psychological theory to improve mental, emotional, and physical health. Anyone can participate in art therapy, no matter their level of artistic ability.

Led by Erin McCall, MA, LPC, ATR

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Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group

  • Every Fourth Thursday, starting February 22nd
  • 11:30 am

Join us for a monthly discussion on faith and spirituality. This is not a religion-based group, and all denominations and beliefs are welcome. Many times, people rely on their faith to get them through difficult times. Come and share in the discussion on how faith and/or spirituality has helped you on your cancer journey. The group may include outings to various faith-based institutions to broaden our knowledge. Some groups will be topic lead while others will be an open discussion.

Registration Required.

Led by Karen Adams

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Children's Art Therapy Sessions

  • Every first Wednesday
  • 6:30 pm-7:30 p.m.

Art therapy uses a blend of creative art-making and psychological theory to improve mental, emotional, and physical health.  In addition to providing a relaxing escape against the backdrop of treatment anxiety and fear for the future, creating with art may help you understand the myriad of emotions that can go along with a diagnosis of cancer. Anyone can participate in art therapy, no matter their level of artistic ability.

Registration is required.

Led by Erin McCall, MA, LPC, ATR

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Renew the Body, Tame the Mind

  • Wednesdays, beginning January 17th
  • 4:00pm

Join Julie Hamilton for this six-week series on Meditation. Julie will cover everything you need to know to start a peaceful and effective meditation practice with teachings from the methods of Pema Chodron. We ask for you to make your best effort to attend all six sessions since they will build on each previous one.

Registration is required.

Facilitated by Julia Hamilton, C-IAYT

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Knit & B*tch

    • Every second and fourth Tuesday
    • 4:00pm

Join Sue Wick, previous owner of Cultured Purl Yarn Store, for a monthly Knit and B*tch knitting circle! Sue is a retired psychologist as well as a cancer survivor. Sue, and friends, will host a 1.5 hour knitting circle where those with no experience or those that are expert knitters will be welcome. They can show you how to do a simple project, help with your ‘mistakes’ or just join us for the company!

Registration is required.

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Coffee & Conversation

  • Friday, February 23rd
  • 10:00am

Join Sarah as we get together to unwind, center ourselves, and talk about different topics that can inspire great discussion. This is open to participants, caregivers & families, and volunteers.  Coffee, tea and pastries will be served.

February’s topic will be “25 Tips to Help Those Going Through a Serious Illness”. We’ll talk about what helps and what doesn’t. Please join us!

Registration is required.

Led by Sarah Humphrey, RN, MSN, Executive Director

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Spring Floral Arrangements

  • Tuesday, March 12th
  • 1:30pm

Join florist extraordinaire, Laurie, as she guides you through the steps to make a beautiful spring floral piece.

Registration is required and limited. Please note, participants who have not had the opportunity to attend one of Laurie’s classes will be given first preference. 

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Cool gradient pattern image by Erie Cancer Wellness Center

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