Hello 2017! Update & FMC Arts in Health

Hi everyone!

I am amazed that we are well into March of 2017 already… This year is going by so fast for me, which is interesting because it has certainly not felt as busy as 2016!

I am dropping in to update you on where  myself and the blog are at, as well as giving you a heads up about an awesome opportunity to explore arts in health in action.

I returned to full time work this year, having decided to not continue with my art psychotherapy studies at this time. After 1 year of full time study in the field, I felt I had learned as much as I could under the guidance of the training college. I may return to complete it in the future, but will do so at a University rather than persist with the private education sector. (In Australia most Universities are public.)

Consequently, this year I am focusing upon my own art making and looking for new opportunities to apply my skills as a Psychologist, which is complimentary to but broader than ‘art therapy’ on its own. Art as and in therapy is a philosophy and approach to psychotherapy just like other well known modalities more commonly practiced by Psychologists today, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Mindfulness.

I will continue to update this site periodically but updates will be less frequent as these will come from events that I attend or am aware of as relates to arts in health. If anyone has any particular topics, events or ideas they would like me to cover, please let me know (email is best: heartinsightart@gmail.com).

Once a site is up devoted to my own personal art making, I will also let you know here so that you can visit and give me some feedback on my work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) is in the southern suburbs of Adelaide and has enjoyed a long running arts-in-health program. To celebrate 20 years of the program, a series of low cost (free to FMC staff and patients) lectures and events is coming up:

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Source: Flinders Medical Centre

You can download the full program and register to attend sessions here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope you are all doing great and have been having a great year so far. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to updating you on my progress with my own art making over the coming months. I have decided to keep this and my new site separate as they reflect different areas of interest, different parts of myself.

If any of you are currently studying, where are you training and how is it going for you? I hope the journey is rewarding!

 

 

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May 2016 – Youth Mental Health Forum & Turbo Brown

Hi everyone! I hope that if you live in Australia, as I do, that you have not been affected too badly by the significant storms we had late last month. These resulted in loss of power at my home for almost 24 hours (I was luckier than many!), and loss of internet for much longer. (Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure is old fashioned and in my suburb the copper wiring can get water damage during times of heavy rain. Until the wiring gets a chance to dry out, the internet is kaput.)

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I thought that the best way to catch up on my blogging was to recap the previous months, exhibitions and workshops I attended, some of what I have been up to in class, etc, etc. So we are going to start with May and work on from there. My plan (technology, health and weather permitting! :P) is to publish at least one post a week till I am all caught up, and then we can resume my ideal programming which is posting once a week-fortnight. ๐Ÿ™‚

In May I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend aย Youth Mental Health Forumย here in Adelaide. The event was presented by Northern Health Network, Headspace, and the Primary Health Networks (phn), and held at Tandanya. Tandanya is formally known as the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and is home to a number of indigenous arts exhibitions as well as the performing arts. You can read more about Tandanya here, it is well worth a visit if you are ever in town.

ย The Forum was a great opportunity to hear about the current state of youth mental health services in Adelaide as well as emerging research findings about a number of youth relevant topics: application of Positive Psychology approaches in schools, the impact of social media and video game usage in youth, and so on.

One of the speakers was Tandanya’s own has arts education officer, who provides outreach and leads activities for indigenous youth. I was not aware that Tandanya provided such a service until the day! Her presentation, โ€œWorking and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleโ€ was engaging and provided real world examples of how engagement in the arts can have positive personal, group, and community impacts.

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Examples of the results of the community art projects she has facilitated, from her presentation, are below:

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

(Excuse the image quality in this case, I was seated waaaaay up the back! :))

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

Following the Forum, I discoveredย an artist new to me. Tandanya hosts exhibitions year round, and during the Forum they featured the work of Turbo Brown. Turbo grew up in North Western Victoria and is from the Latje Latje community. He later had the opportunity to study visual arts at RMIT, Melbourne, and is now a full time artist.

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Some examples of his work from the exhibition program, as photos-in-gallery were not permitted:

Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

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Youth Mental Health Forum Tandanya 2016

You can read more about Turbo and view more of his work here.

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Again, as said in an earlier post, I apologise for the time it has taken for me to get posts published. Nevertheless, I hope that you are continuing to enjoy the blog! Please remember that you can follow me on instagram (@heartinsightart) for more frequent updates, including my work in class and attempts at some Inktober scribbles! ๐Ÿ™‚

Best wishes to all of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

busy busy bee

Hi everyone,

Well, school is back in session!ย It is challenging, there is a lot covered in each class, butย I am really enjoying my studies. This year I am juggling 1.5 days/week of face to face classes with 4 days/week work… I am not sure how successful I will be in maintaining the balance but I am determined to give it my best shot!

(I am studying a Graduate Diploma of Arts Psychotherapy.)

Today I have been working on an assigned essay about “why” humans engage in art making, and have completed a list of the materials I will need to get started on a journal project. The results of the project will be shared with my class in a group exhibition format.

As you have probably gathered from all this, the pressure is ON! ๐Ÿ˜›

I have not been doing any unassigned art projects this week, but here are a few snaps of some of my stuff from class so far… Remember the purpose of Arts Therapy is not to create “great art” but rather to use the art to help you work through an internal and psychological process.

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A classmate has suggested some drawing apps for use on my Samsung tablet, and I think I will try doing my next image in the RAWWWK! series with that. It will be a first for me!

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On Sunday I attended a blogger networking event hosted by Bloggers United AU. It took place at the beautiful Seawall Apartments and I had a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you follow me on instagram you would’ve seen this shot of me – too bad I wasn’t looking at the right camera! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Thank you to the Bloggers United AU national and SA team for delivering an awesome event, and to all of the brands and speakers who participated. ๐Ÿ™‚ From time to time you will see products from the day on my Instagram, as I gradually go through them and test those which are relevant to me and to you, my readers!

I hope you all have a great week ahead, and if you are in Adelaide, please consider checking out some of the many wonderful arts festivals and exhibitions that we have going on at the moment, including:

Locals don’t call this time of year “Mad March” for nothing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I want to devote an upcoming blog post to a Fringe exhibition that I am keen to see… Here’s hoping that my plan to schedule in a visit works!

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How has your week been?
Have you attended the Biennial, Fringe, or other festival events yet?ย 

the birdhouse project

Hi everyone! I hope that 2016 is off to a good start for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel a bit in limbo, waiting for my course to start… If all goes to plan my first day is 24/2.

Recently I discovered something interesting when out and about…

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Yes, a birdhouse!

The Birdhouse Project was developed as part of Campbelltown Council’s (Adelaide) activities for Mental Health Awareness Week, as explained on their site:

“What was the purpose of the Birdhouse Project?

The birdhouse project was developed as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (5-12 October) to raise awareness around mental health, encouraging connections and sharing experiences. The concept of birdhouse’s was adopted to reflect the notion of safety, feeling secure and flourishing, with participants encouraged to decipher their own meaning from the project. The project also aimed to highlight the connection between nature and positive mental health by displaying the birdhouses, following the launch, throughout parks in the Campbelltown community. Workshops were run over several months to guide people in the art of mosaic and introduce a new set of skills and learning.

Who participated?

  • Approximately 45 people participated ranging in age from 4 years old through to participants in their 80s.
  • A variety of organisations participated including the Central Domestic Violence Service, The Cottage, Campbelltown Home Support Social Program, Paradise Community Care and the Campbelltown Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).”

If you are in or visit the North-East Adelaide area you can discover more of these in and around Campbelltown Library, Thorndon Park, The Gums Reserve, Gurner’s Reserve and Denis Morrissey Park.

I hope to get the opportunity to participate in something like this in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you been involved in community art and/or mental health projects?
What was the experience like for you?

 

where the sand meets the sea [images]

Some snaps from last weekend’s ACATA/ANZATA conference. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was held in Adelaide, South Australia.

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anzata acata conference 2015

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anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015
Click on image if you’d like a larger version to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

… I had a great time, learned a lot and met lovely people!

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anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

anzata acata conference 2015

I am glad I attended; the experience helped me see that I am moving in the right direction for myself and I am lodging my application this week for a place in a Graduate Diploma course in Art Psychotherapy!

Wish me luck… ๐Ÿ™‚