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Art Therapy & Trauma: Art Helps Indigenous Women Heal


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Every once in a while a truly inspiring and touching story comes along. Learn about what Lee George is doing in Australia to help indigenous women overcome trauma with art therapy.

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Art Therapy & Trauma: Art Helps Indigenous Women Heal

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Art for Healing Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigenous based perspective and practice rather than utilizing a psychological western framework and model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assists in the healing processes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women & men who have experienced social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, removal of children, social and emotional well being issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages participants to be interpreters of their own stories and journeys in a creative & culturally appropriate manner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowering community members to actively participate in group work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing counselling in a culturally appropriate setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows spontaneous creative pursuits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables participants to share their experiences with other Indigenous community members who have been through a similar journey. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging community Elders to attend and share their knowledge and experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community engagement with community stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building through art practice </li></ul></ul>
  2. 4. <ul><li>Care bags – As a lot of our participants have had their children removed, the idea of Care bags is for mums who attend the Art Space to make the bags out of calico and then paint the bags, and fill them with things that are meaningful and special, such as soft toys, photos, bunny rugs, letters and then present them to Child Safety to give to their children in care </li></ul><ul><li>Women‘s Empowerment Bracelets </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s and Men’s Empowerment T-shirts </li></ul><ul><li>Burke Street Art for Healing Book Project – modeled on the book published by Southside Education in Brisbane. I am currently writing a proposal and submission in conjunction with Burke Street Diversionary Centre to fund this project </li></ul><ul><li>Clay making & Fimo clay making </li></ul><ul><li>Bead making </li></ul><ul><li>Open day in February to show case the stories, images and artist profiles of the participants </li></ul>
  3. 5. <ul><li>Balloon Bombs </li></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>As an Indigenous woman, social worker and artist, I feel comfortable sharing my experiences and journeys through my art practice. I have found that the experiences of many of the women that I work with is similar to that of my own. By that I mean that at some stage we as women have all been oppressed either by the men in our lives, our choices and or by a system or institution. If I can facilitate a process where Indigenous women are able to work through their trauma and grief in a culturally appropriate manner through art practice, in a safe and caring environment, it will enable a process that facilitates healing and more importantly empowerment. </li></ul>