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Makerspace: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Makerspace

Welcome to the Xavier University Library Makerspace!

Creativity, Counseling, and Makerspace

The LibGuide is exploring the integration of creativity in counseling and supervision of counselors. Mental health advocacy and building multicultural competency is the goal for visiting the Makerspace.

Incorporating creative activities in to therapeutic practices can benefit patients in their expression of emotions, catharsis and release, self-exploration, empowerment, distraction and relaxation, communication, development of coping skills, reduced resistance, cross-cultural applicability, and engagement of senses.

From Nadia Tamez-Robledo's summary of Deborah Duenyas and Roseanne Perkins' research:

“…as outlets for creativity and self-expression, makerspaces are already becoming informal places in schools where students can talk openly about negative emotions like sadness or grief. These are areas that encourage students to tinker and problem solve...integrating makerspace-style activities can get conversation flowing with clients who need encouragement to open up.”

Advocacy Buttons

Use these templates for making buttons in the Xavier Makerspace!

Puzzle Making with Cricut


1. Download SVG of 9 Piece Puzzle

2. Open new project in Cricut

3. Upload SVG as Complex Image

4. Add To Canvas

6. On canvas, change size to 7.375 x 7.375"

7. Upload square PNG or JPEG of inspiration message with solid color background

8. Add to Canvas

9. On canvas, change size to 7.375 x 7.375"

10. Arrange text image center to puzzle pieces and behind the pieces

11. Select both layers and Attache

12. Click Make It

13. Double check paper size then click Continue

14. Select machine.

15. Send to Print: follow on-screen prompts

16. Select Material and follow on-screen prompts


List of Materials Used

Places to Acquire Supplies Not Provided in the Makerspace