Corporate Wellness and Team Building Events : Application of Art Therapy to Enhance Team Coherence


12/3/20232 min read

three women sitting beside wooden table
three women sitting beside wooden table

Art therapy is most commonly used as a therapeutic approach to prevent and treat mental health concerns. It can also be applied to corporate wellness and team building events. An art therapist has the skills to create a safe and creative space for team members to strengthen relationships, explore personal communication styles, and address barriers that affect team functioning.

Here are reasons to hire an art therapist to facilitate your next workplace teambuilding and wellness event:

Strengthening Relationships

Art group activities provide a unique opportunity for team members to connect on a deeper level. Engaging in creative tasks together encourages collaboration, fosters empathy, and promotes a sense of camaraderie. By working side by side, team members can develop a better understanding of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and individual perspectives, ultimately strengthening their relationships.

Exploring Personal Communication Styles

Art therapy activities often involve self-expression and reflection, allowing participants to explore their own communication styles. Through art, team members can gain insights into their non-verbal cues, emotional expressions, and problem-solving approaches. This self-awareness can lead to improved communication within the team, as individuals become more conscious of their own communication patterns and how they may impact others.

A Strengths-Based Approach

Art therapy embraces a strengths-based approach, focusing on individuals' abilities and positive attributes rather than their limitations. Team members are encouraged to recognize not only their own strengths that they contribute to the team, but also recognize the strengths and skills of their colleagues. Recognizing and appreciating each other's strengths can enhance collaboration, promote a positive team culture, and productivity within the team.

Identifying Barriers to Team Functioning

Art therapy provides a safe space for team members to identify barriers that may hinder fluid team functioning. Through artistic expression, individuals can express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns in a non-threatening manner. This process allows for open dialogue and problem-solving, leading to a more cohesive and effective teamwork.

Fostering Respect and Civility

Participating in art group activities promotes respect and civility among team members. The creative process encourages active listening, empathy, and appreciation for diverse perspectives. By engaging in collaborative art directives, team members learn to value each other's contributions and develop a deeper understanding of the importance of mutual respect and inclusivity.

Right-fit for your Team

Consider your team and what kind of event and facilitator they would be most receptive to and open to receving. What do group members value? What style fits the team culture? What characteristics and skills does the facilitator require? You know your team best. Assess the potential facilitator for their education, experience, attitude, and facilitation approach. Consider if the facilitator's style will be well received by your team. The facilitator should be able to understand the barriers that the team faces and have the skills to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment, ensuring that even the most resistant staff members feel comfortable engaging in the workshop.

Organizing corporate wellness and team building events can identify barriers and enhance team functioning. It also shows your employees that the organization truly cares about promoting a healthy workplace culture and cares about employee mental health. Choosing the right wellness event style and facilitator are essential components for a successful corporate wellness event.

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people holding miniature figures

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