Art as Healing: Intergenerational trauma

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Ongoing online workshops to explore the complexities, psychology and healing of racial, historical and cultural traumas.

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These ongoing, online workshops are a safe space to explore the complexities, psychology and importance of racial, historical and cultural trauma.

This session, we will be looking at the topic of generational & cultural trauma, understanding the handing down of trauma inter-generationally in our histories and ancestry. Using art therapy exercises, we will nurture this issue, giving space and acknowledge to these parts of our identities, whether this brings pride or pain, and encourage emotional healing.

You will:

- Learn about inter-generational trauma, cultural and historical trauma through parental, generational and ancestral experiences of adversity.

- Reflect on your own, and others', experiences with this particular type of trauma, raise the awareness of the baggage, strengths and support we have from this.

- Understand the importance of this trauma to our experiences of identity, racial and cultural acceptance within ourselves and others

- Use art therapy tools and exercises to deepen exploration and cultivate healing

- Learn skills that you can continue using when you need to after the workshop

- Establish a sense of belonging and community within the workshop

You will need:

• Paper of your choosing

• Pencils and/or pens of your choosing

• Watercolours or acrylic paints (optional)

• Crayons or pastels (optional)

• Collage: Photocopies or original photos or news clippings (optional)


*You don’t need any experience in mental health or trauma work to attend this workshop, just an open mind and some curiosity.

*Experience in art making is not 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 will be hosted and recorded on Zoom. A recording of the workshop will also be sent out to all participants and be available to view for 1 week post-live workshop. After this date it will no longer be accessible.

* You will be emailed a Zoom link twice - a day before the workshop, then once again shortly before start time - Please check your Junk/Spam mail! If you have nothing in your inbox 30 mins before the workshop please get in touch.

* This event will be held at 8.30 am NZT / 6.30am AEDT / 9.30pm BST. 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 is often only accessible to those whom can afford it. I do recommend a donation of NZD$40 / £20 for this practical, psyched workshop, however please feel comfortable with paying what you can.

About the host

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 from all over the world, most of whom are in need of a therapist that can offer a safe, creative and comfortable space to explore issues around racial and cultural identity. My clients, along with my own passions and experiences about this important, ongoing 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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