Because of you, all of our programs are offered at no cost. Today we feature our Family Support Groups, which consist of our Parent Networking Group and our Children’s Art Therapy Group.

The kids meet in our new and improved art room to discuss their fears, worries, and questions related to cancer. Each week they produce a piece of art to assist with emotional processing and build self-care skills they can use later in life.

The parents meet in one of our cozy support group rooms to discuss how to support their kids and family through the cancer journey. Both groups are facilitated by a licensed social worker and seek to provide a safe space for families to identify and express their cancer stories. Here is one of our favorite Art Therapy Activities.
 
 
 
 
Coping Cards: An Art Therapy Activity
 
 
Materials used: 
  • A deck of cards
  • Colorful cardstock
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Colored Pencils
  • Hole Punch
  • Metal Ring
  • Blank sheet of paper

Steps:
1. Priming question: How do we make ourselves feel better when we are sad, angry, worried, etc.? What are ways to cope with our emotions?
2. Start by making a list of healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with our emotions on a sheet of paper. 
3. Cut the cardstock to the size of a playing card.
4. Glue the cardstock to the number side of the card.
5. On the cardstock, draw a picture of the healthy coping strategies you want as part of your "deck." You can draw a symbol of the strategy (i.e. a basketball, if playing sports helps you cope) or a picture of you doing the strategy (i.e. snuggling with a pet). 
6. Punch a hole in the corner of all your cards and put them on the metal ring. You now have a "deck of coping cards" to reach for every time you are feeling upset. 
7. Reflection question: Which healthy coping strategies did you pick? What strategy you think you will use the most?
 
 
 
 
Pictured above is  our Kids' Art Therapy class making Coping Cards, here at Cancer Pathways, while parents attend the Parent Networking Group.
 
 
 
 
 
You can make a difference in the lives of kids, teens, and adults touched by cancer.
 
 
 
Since 1996, Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club Seattle) has been offering cancer support and educational programs in diverse settings, guided by our mission to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. 

We know that cancer causes significant financial barriers and we are committed to reducing that burden. Because of you, we can continue to offer all our programs at no cost. 

WAYS TO GIVE
By phone: Call us at 206-709-1400
By mail: Please make checks out to Cancer Pathways and mail to 1400 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122.

Did you know you can also donate stock? Simply contact the office for more details.
 
 
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