Art as Healing: Creative Therapies for racial & cultural trauma

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Online workshop facilitating discussions about race & cultural trauma, using Art Therapy exercises for self-care and self-exploration.

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This workshop is one of many in a series that gives space to the importance of racial and cultural trauma. We look at this through various lenses in our workshops: emotional, physical, societal, historical, psychological & neurobiological, to name a few.

With Covid-19 bringing most of the world online, aligned with the relentless graphic media exposure, politics and popularization of the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements, many Black, Indigenous, People of Colour are left in need for additional support, a sense of community and re-connection to self, now more than ever.

We are providing a safe space for individuals to learn more about racial trauma, its affects or even perpetuation of this in themselves. Participants will take part in therapeutic exercises from the field of Art Psychotherapy to deepen healing, provide self-care and resilience.

You will:

  1. Discuss and explore racial and cultural trauma experiences, its effects and presentations in our lives.
  2. Have a taste of Art Therapy and the importance of creativity in trauma healing
  3. Participate in Creative Therapy activities that you can continue to use for yourself at home
  4. Learn some new coping and resilience skills for yourselves and others
  5. Be a part on this online community

You will need:

• Paper or card of your choosing

• Pencils and/or pens of your choosing

• Watercolours or acrylic paints (optional)

• Crayons, markers or pastels (optional)

• Collage materials (optional)

This workshop is best suitable for:

Those affected by racial and cultural issues. Those affected by the responses to the increased attention of black pain, Stop Asian Hate movement, police brutality, institutional racism, the Black Lives Matter and indegenious empowerment movements. Those who have curiosities, shame and other issues about their 'difference'. Those who find it hard to explore these issues with others without judgment, dismissal or conflict. Those who want to celebrate their non-Eurocentricity. Anyone experiencing 'activist burnout'.


* Experience in art making is not at all necessary for this workshop. This is for therapeutic purposes only. You will not be required to share any work made if you would prefer not to.

* This live workshop - and - will be hosted and recorded using Zoom for later viewing.

* You will receive a Zoom link twice: once a day before the scheduled time and again approx. 30 mins before session starts - Please check your Junk/Spam mail!

* The recording of the workshop will be sent out to all participants after the live workshop. This will be available to view for 1 week. After this, the link will no longer be valid.

* This event will be held at 9pm UK time/8am NZT. Please check before booking that this event is listed in your time zone.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this workshop will be donation-based, with understanding that mental health support is crucial at this time and important for it to remain affordable to all. I would recommend a donation cost of £20 / 40 NZD for this therapeutic workshop, however please feel comfortable with paying what you can.

About the host

		Art as Healing: Creative Therapies for racial & cultural trauma image

Kia ora, my name is Tanisha. I identify as a racialized black female of Caribbean and European heritage, born and raised in the UK where I originally trained in Art Psychotherapy. Currently living in New Zealand, I work with a large range of individuals from Maori, Pasifika, African, Middle Eastern and pakeha clients in-person. I also facilitate counselling work online with clients around the world, most of whom are in need of a therapist that can offer a safe, open and comfortable space to explore issues around racial and cultural identity. My clients, along with my own specialisms, passions and experiences about this subject, are the reason I have decided to create these series of workshops.

You can find me online at my website: The Global Therapy Room

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