Arts-based mindfulness group work with youth aging out of foster care

Source:
SCIE Social Care Online
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Publication date:
01 January 2018

Abstract

This article describes the development of a 10-week arts-based mindfulness group programme for youth ageing out of foster care. This unique group programme is briefly described, and examples of creative activities are provided. The use of an arts-based approach was engaging and relevant for the youth given the challenges they displayed such as paying attention and focusing. The authors discuss other convergent facets of the group including its strengths-based approach, social understanding of resilience, and holistic approach to facilitating mindfulness. This article contributes to an emerging field of practice regarding creative and holistic applications of mindfulness with youth who are marginalised.