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An arts and trauma informed reflective group for those who work with people

  • Southern England United Kingdom (map)

If you work with people, you know that you are affected by what you see, hear and witness.  You might work in health, education, social services, care or justice; the voluntary, arts or wellbeing sectors.  Often pressures are such that time to reflect on your work and it’s impact on you, can be brief or over-ridden by more pressing things.  

Your own self care can easily get sidelined.  Maybe you notice that you’ve started being overly tired, maybe dreading going in, becoming disillusioned, less patient maybe, cynical even.  Maybe it’s just a niggle.  Or you don’t have time to feel or notice very much at all!  

You know you love your job so what is happening?  

Vicarious or secondary trauma is a thing.  You are human, and you absorb some levels of impact of what you witness.  To continue to work in these essential areas with vulnerable people we all need time out to reflect, express, share, and comprehend our experiences.  

I offer a safe confidential group experience rooted in compassion based art therapy theory and practice from twenty years of clinical and teaching experience.  This will benefit you and those you work and live with, by giving you space to share, express, explore, sit with, digest, let go of, understand, and restore.  We will use art materials, mindfulness and various creative arts therapy tools.  

NB there is NO requirement to be any 'good' at art, just to be open to using them expressively, individually and/or together.  It’s all about the moment and process not the product, though any art you make is yours to take away at the end of the session.  

£30 per person
Minimum 5, Max 8 group members ( group venue will be determined by the location of interested participants and it will not go ahead until appropriate numbers are reached)

Please get in touch to express interest for future dates, or to have a discussion and book a place on an advertised one.  email - alisonhawtin@iprotonmail.com