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Timberline Knolls puts art therapy program 'on exhibit'

July 28, 2011
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Chicago — Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and the Lemont Center for the Arts are hosting a special exhibit featuring the artwork of Timberline Knolls' residents and staff. The art exhibit, titled "Honesty," will be open for public viewing at the Lemont Center for the Arts from July 30 to Sept. 25.

The theme of "honesty" is vital to residents at Timberline Knolls since it is the first step in the 12-step recovery process.

"Our residents use art therapy to heal their bodies, mind and soul," said Melissa Rocchi MAAT, LCPC, ATR, program development coordinator and manager of expressive therapies at Timberline Knolls. "Art therapy is a highly effective therapeutic process that allows self-expression, management of behaviors, resolution of conflicts and problems while reducing stress and increasing self-awareness and self-esteem. We're excited to be able to display the artwork to the public."

The Lemont Center for the Arts serves as the Art & Culture Commission headquarters and provides classes and workshops to all residents of Lemont and the surrounding area. The Center also presents exhibits by local artists and art groups.

"The Art & Culture Commission is pleased to include in its inaugural year the 'Honesty' exhibit from Timberline Knolls," said Mona Parry, chairperson at the Art & Culture Commission and artistic director of the Lemont Center for the Arts. "It's one of six exhibits at the Lemont Center for the Arts since its grand opening in September 2010."

Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and girls located in Lemont. It offers treatment for eating disorders and substance abuse, with or without trauma, a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.

Many residents use art therapy to give up control over secrets and focus on thoughts without judgment. It helps them to be honest about what they are feeling and going through at that moment in time.

The Lemont Center for the Arts is located at 1243 State Street, Unit 101 in Lemont. Hours for the Center are: Friday noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Timberline Knolls will host a special artists' reception for invited guests from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, September 8.

Nationally recognized songwriter, recording artist and ordained minister, Todd Warren will perform several songs about honesty at the artists' reception.

As the spirituality coordinator at Timberline Knolls, Warren uses his music to help residents express and celebrate their spirituality. He facilitates group sessions and performs campus-wide concerts to encourage residents toward a restored relationship with a Power greater than themselves.