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No Longer Isolated: Art Therapy’s Effect on Older Generations

Many older adults in our society are being diagnosed with psychological brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — and the number is growing. Many suffering with these illnesses also experience mental health stigma, a fear of being judged or misunderstood, which almost inevitably leads to silence, and even isolation. Over the last decade though, researchers have tried non-traditional therapy methods to assist patients in healing and connecting with others. Art therapy, a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of self-expression…

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The Mystery and Power of the Creative Arts

Perhaps most of your experience with the creative arts stems from when you were younger, whether that was learning to play the piano after school, constructing a vibrant collage during art period, or studying British literature in college. Unfortunately, for many of us, that might be our only experience with the artistic world. As we grow older, some of us put aside the easel and metronome and stop participating — both as active creators and observers — in the creative arts. Erwin Raphael McManus, artist, author,…

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How to Mourn with Those Who Mourn

Dr. Reuben Welch, professor emeritus, served as university chaplain from 1968-83. Since then, he has been an integral part of our community, impacting many lives at PLNU and beyond through his classes, pastoral leadership, and genuine friendship. We sat down with him to learn from his years of experience coming alongside those grieving and mourning, and loving them. Q:  When people are in mourning, what might be helpful for them to hear? What might be harmful? A: Familiar words come to mind: “God is good,” “God’s…

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Living with Loss: Walking Through Grief & Mourning

In early July, PLNU alumnus John Mark Slagle (84) was on the phone with his 26-year-old son, Jordan, discussing a speech Jordan had to give for a course at Trinity Western. The speech was to be a reflection on Jordan’s leadership style. Jordan was nervous about giving it and still needed to work some things out. Before ending the call, the two of them agreed to review the speech together the next morning at home. A few hours after John said goodbye to his son…

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Across All Barriers: Choosing Risk & Vulnerability Over Differences

“The world has never been an easy place, but the past decade has been traumatic for so many people that it’s made changes in our culture. From 9/11, multiple wars, and the recession, to catastrophic natural disasters and the increase in random violence and school shootings, we’ve survived and are surviving events that have torn at our sense of safety with such force that we’ve experienced them as trauma even if we weren’t directly involved … “ … Worrying about scarcity is our culture’s version…

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