In a recent study, ICT research showed that socially anxious people made more self-disclosure through virtual sessions compared with real human video interaction.
An artist friend recommended I download an app called Layer which allows users to find various items based upon augmented reality technology. Basically, you can view the real world around you with layers of artificial information through your smart phone. I found out that many artists are starting to use this technology to make outdoor sculptures in public places and install artwork inside established museums. This is all of course without any permission since nobody owns another person’s visual sensory. Take a look at this video below where artists, Sander Veenhof and Mark Skwarek, decided they would circumvent the traditional art world and host their own exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art using AR.
Augmented Reality (AR) used to be only utilized by big money Hollywood studios and viewed in the movies, but now anyone with a smart phone can experience this. And anyone with basic development knowledge can make their own AR objects.
Below is an old video (since 4 years old is like decades old in the tech world) about AR which I think shows the potential to be used in some way to help treat certain psychological disorders in the future. It can help others understand what it is like to experience hallucinations. And it can help people suffering phobias if exposure therapy is needed. Perhaps it can enable a child in an isolation unit to participate in group art therapy by layering real time video of an art therapy session in a studio. The possibility is endless!
As therapists, we are aware of the power of social networking and what consequences it may bring. Below are some articles that every therapists should read before posting an image, engaging in virtual contact with clients, googling our clients and reading/responding to emails from clients and their associates.
For those of you who have never tried making digital art, check out some of these cool and free (or almost free) softwares that you can just instantly download.
Artweaver- The free version has limited features, but the cool thing about this software is that you can actually record the entire process of painting. With other art programs you don’t get to see the process, but this one allows you to save it and replay it later. http://www.artweaver.de/products-en/artweaver-free/
Tux Paint – Suitable for very young children. http://www.tuxpaint.org/
Art Rage – It’s $1.99 right now to download their app for iPad. Normally, I think it’s $7.00. For regular computers it’s not entirely free but you can try out their demo version for 30 days. And it’s only $20 to purchase their older version. http://www.artrage.com/
Dogwaffle 1.2 – This free version has a powerful tool for different artistic expressions. The newer versions are fairly affordable as well. http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/free/index.html
Gimp – Great photo retouching tool! It also has painting and animation tools. Free! http://www.gimp.org/
Please share links to useful free art software programs you’ve tried.
– by Nancy Choe
The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world’s largest consumer technology trade show and it’s happening right now in Sin City. The war on tablets appears to be raging this year. They now even have a tablet for babies and toddlers!
It’s called the “Vinci” and the company claims that it is “a revolutionary new product that builds confidence by inspiring babies to explore and discover.” What happened to the old fashion way of inspiring babies “to explore and discover” the world? Like, taking them on nature walks and playing in the sand?
Gadgets like above sometimes frighten me. However, there are certainly some cool new electronics out this year that seem just amazing. Check out the photos from CES on The Washington Post.
Now, if only one of these big companies would be willing to team up with us, art therapists, to develop a revolutionary creative hardware and software program for therapeutic purposes…
by Nancy Choe
Social networking sites such as Facebook could be a great platform for building peer-to-peer relationships. However, one must clearly be aware that anyone can snoop information about you if you are careless about your privacy settings. Your postings both in text and image have the potential to create transference, boundary and trust issues with your clients.
These days, many practitioners even have a fan page of their professional practices. Most claim that they do not accept their clients as fans but how can one ensure this? Don’t they know that anyone could create a facebook page under any name?
Because Facebook mixes your personal and professional life, it requires careful and responsible attention at all times. As a budding art therapist, I recently started making changes to my FB page. Although I am not an active user of FB, I became aware of how immature my past postings were when a friend of friend recently commented on one of my early cartoonish photos.
Here are some general rules I compiled if you use FB to protect yourself and your clients.
1. Check your current profile picture. Be very very mindful when posting your profile pictures. Common Facebook faux pas include drunken and too revealing photographs. Some even post pictures of their children and wedding. I feel this is too personal and could create major transference issues with your clients. Try to be as professional and neutral as possible when picking your profile picture.
2. Check your profile and if you have a lot of info to share, such as political views and religion, make sure only your trusted friends can see them. Do not include “friends of friends” as your friends may not be as selective as you are. Best practice is to customize the privacy setting so only your “real” friends can see this info and not all of your 400 FB friends.
3. Make your likes and dislikes only viewable to you.
4. Make your friends list and photos are only viewable to your “real” friends. Privacy setting lets you specify which friends you want to show these.
5. If you want to ensure nobody finds you on FB, change the search setting to “Friends Only.” Unfortunately, you cannot filter out certain friends for the search section.
6. When you write comments on your friends’ FB pages, be mindful of the language you use and information you post.
7. Do not become “friends” with your clients and past clients. This is just common sense.
8. Do not reveal your complete birth date in FB. In this case, your financial life could be in danger. The complete date and place of your birth could be used to predict most of the digits in your Social Security number. With just a few meaningful bits of information, an identity thief can even apply for a loan in your name.
9. Do not disclose your phone number and email address in FB. Your family and friends probably don’t need to refer to FB to contact you.
10. Do not use a weak password. I cannot emphasize this enough as one of my friends’ email account was hacked by someone she knew. Her password was just too easy and predictable. In her defense, she thought nobody could guess it because it was too easy.
Below is an interesting article from The Washington Post that we should all think about.
Please share your thoughts, especially about “To Google or not” section of the article.
– by Nancy Choe