Crises such as man-made and natural disasters, and epidemics such as corona, create a complex “shared reality” where both therapists and clients are dealing with the same stressors at the same time: Issues such as loneliness, fear, uncertainty, poverty, boredom, emptiness, loss of routines, loss of hope as to when it will be over, loss of professional identity and loss of loved ones, all pose strong challenges to communities. This can lead to problems in systems such as family violence, and difficulty caring for children and old people, and to ensuing psychological problems such as re-traumatization, depression, and anxiety to name a few. The question arises how can art therapy address these issues while maintaining our professional boundaries? This lecture will demonstrate how arts can be an especially effective tool to help address the above stressors. Participants will emerge with a set of theoretical orientations and practical art tools that they can adjust to their different context.
Professor Ephrat Huss is a supervising level art therapist, and senior professor, who chairs an MA in Art Therapy for Social workers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She has published over 80 articles and 2 theoretical and 2 edited books on art therapy and arts based research within social contexts.
DETAILS: Thursday 7th May at 4pm (AEST)
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