SOURCE: Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

March 16, 2010 08:00 ET

Art & Creativity for Healing Expands Successful "Healing for Heroes and Their Families" Program on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base

Program Serves Children of Deployed Military Families at Two of the Five On-Base Elementary Schools; Spouses of Deployed Military Personnel at On-Base Community Centers; and, Veterans With Brain Injury Trauma at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) -  Since November 2008, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc., a non-profit organization that facilitates fine art classes and workshops for children, teens and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief or stress, has worked with the families of deployed infantry men and women through the "Healing for Heroes and their Families" programs on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS).

The "Healing for Heroes and their Families" initially began at San Onofre Elementary School, located on the northern tip of Camp Pendleton. The program now serves military families at both the San Onofre and Santa Marguerita Elementary schools; spouses of deployed military personnel at on-base community centers; and veterans with Brain Injury Trauma (BIT) at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

The purpose of the "Healing for Heroes and their Families" program is to assist military personnel and their families in processing their personal journey using collage, journaling and painting. Each year, Art & Creativity for Healing serves nearly 1,200 military personnel and their families through this program.

After a recent workshop at the Naval Medical Center, Jim Gonzales, Soldier Family Assistance Center Specialist, commented, "Recently, Art4Healing provided a demonstration and therapeutic art exercise for select staff members here at Navy Medical Center San Diego. I found the experience very enjoyable, and the activity provided a fun method for folks to express themselves and a non-threatening way to explore thoughts and feelings. The instructors were gently motivating and very kind. I strongly feel that this kind of activity is of great value to our patients and staff."

"Our workshops help military personnel and their families use color, paint and abstract expression to not only depict the tough times they are currently experiencing, and also remember the good times they have already shared with the parent or spouse who is currently serving overseas," said Laurie Zagon, Founder/Director, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. "As this remarkable program has grown, we are now working not only with the children and families of our nation's heroes, but we also offer special programming designed to meet the needs of military families that have one or more family members dealing with special educational needs, and special needs of enlisted men and women who are working through war-related experiences."

The "Healing for Heroes and their Families" program will be featured in a presentation at the Military Child Education Coalition's 12th Annual Conference, to be held July 21-23, 2010 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.

About Art & Creativity for Healing

Founded in 2000, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. is a non-profit public corporation committed to helping children, teens and adults process their feelings of grief, illness or stress using the venue of painting on canvas. Art & Creativity for Healing provides free classes taught by Founder/Director Laurie Zagon and her team of highly qualified facilitators on-site at hospitals and non-profit community organizations.

Through programs offered in collaboration with more than 35 hospitals, treatment facilities and non-profit agencies, Art & Creativity for Healing has facilitated "Art for Healing" workshops for more than 25,000 children and adults in the Southern California region since it was founded. The Zagon Method of Art & Creativity for Healing was originally developed by Zagon in New York in 1987 as a workshop designed to help busy executives deal with stress.

Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. is located at 26079 Getty Drive in Laguna Niguel, Calif. For more information, please call (949) 367-1902 or visit our Website at www.art4healing.org.

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