Introduction to Visual Art Therapy and Social Action course at the University of Johannesburg
Posted on June 3, 2016.
The Department of Visual Art, University
of Johannesburg, in association with Lefika La Phodiso Johannesburg, offers a continuous education programme entitled: Introduction to Visual Art Therapy and Social Action.
Lefika la Phodiso is a registered Art Therapy Centre, which, over
the past 21 years, has offered community art counselling training for community workers. Lefika la Phodiso uses psychoanalytically
informed training methods which focus on creative group work and psychodynamic thinking as these principles relate to community and counselling work.
The continuous education programme (CEP) on Visual Art Therapy and Social Action uses the Lefika training model, which includes input from Visual Art lecturers and a range of registered Art Therapists working in
various social contexts in Johannesburg.
This CEP offers an introduction to
community-based Art Therapy. It provides a valuable opportunity for insight and regeneration through a psychoanalytic
approach to work with materials and the psyche, enhancing self-development
and personal growth as well as group interaction and interpretation. The CEP highlights the effectiveness of Visual Art
Therapy as a powerful therapeutic tool and empowers trainees with new insight and
skills in this arena.
The CEP allows access to the expressive potential of art making in
the course of the trainees own emotional journey and contact with the people they work with. The skills gained by trainees can
be adapted to and incorporated in many spheres of work.