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The ART of being an ALLY: Art Therapy & allyship

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These online workshops are a safe space to explore the important complexities and psychology of racial & cultural trauma + ways to help.

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In this workshop, we will be looking at what it means to be a 'good-enough ally', through understanding racial trauma, white fragility, privilege and white guilt, paired with using nurturing art therapy exercise to unpack, hold and deepen the approach to these issues.

You will:

- Delve more into racial trauma, 'white fragility' and 'white guilt'

- Recognize the behaviours and perpetuations of racial and cultural trauma

- Explore what it means to be an ally and how to be a part of social healing

- Practice art therapy skills and exercises for issues around race

- Practice art therapy skills to continue using when you need to outside the workshop

- Establish a sense of 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)

PLEASE NOTE:

*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 20 mins before the workshop please get in touch.

* This event will be held at 8.30am NZT / 9.30pm GMT. 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 interactive, psych-educational 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 subject, are the reason I have decided to create these series of workshops.

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


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