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Seminar: The Art of Empathic Response: Nurturing Self-Compassion and Self-Regulation through Artmaking

The seminar, The Art of Empathic Response: Nurturing Self-Compassion and Self- Regulation through Artmaking, will provide an overview of the clinical research on the benefits of using response artmaking for self-care, the honing of self compassion through mindful-reflective practice, as well as studies in the field of neurobiology concerning self-regulation. By linking these domains together through making art, the facilitator will present an integrative method designed to assist professionals in the fields of healthcare, education and social work to mitigate their experiences of acute stress and compassion fatigue, as well as learn techniques to help their students or clients gain new skills to promote self regulation and resilience. The hands-on art experientials will teach the method: the art of empathic response. Participants will be guided in innovative response artmaking techniques, combined with mindful-reflective practice, relating to research in the field of trauma-focused care and mindfulness practice for wellbeing. They will be encouraged to explore how repetitive actions, using the hands and body, aid in fostering self-regulation and self-compassion. This method will sustain caring professionals when working through strong emotions and vicarious traumatization and subsequently assist them in nurturing self compassion in themselves and greater empathy for those with whom they work. These techniques can be adapted for use with their students and clients to enhance self-regulation, build resilience, and foster personal wellbeing.

Dates:16 & 23 Jan 2021 (Saturdays)
Time:9.00am - 12.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Kelly Reedy, MA, AThR, MA Ed, BFA

Kelly Reedy is the founder of ArtWorks for Wellbeing, Awareness, & Learning, a consultancy specializing in providing art therapy services and art education programmes to individuals, schools, museums, and government agencies. Through the domains of art therapy, fine arts, and education. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, USA, a Master of Education from Hunter College, NY, USA, and a Master of Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Kelly is currently a part-time lecturer in the MA in Art Therapy Programme at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Her past consulting projects range from training art teachers at the National Institute of Education, to creating learning materials and facilitating therapeutic workshops for visitors to the National Museum of Singapore and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Her clinical experience includes working with children recovering from cancer, trauma-informed care for youth-at-risk, and museum-based interventions for elders experiencing dementia. She has presented her research on combining mindfulness practice and art therapy at international conferences and in the forthcoming book chapter, ‘Cultivating Self-Compassion through Found Materials and Rediscovered Rituals’, in Found Objects in Art Therapy: Materials and Process.

Course Outline

Morning 1:
Session #1: Response Artmaking in Art Therapy

  1. Introduction of the course objectives
  2. Brief history of ‘therapeutic’ artmaking
  3. Discussion of the differences between practicing art therapy and using art as therapy in clinical, educational and medical settings
  4. Description and sharing of experiences of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, caregiver burnout and acute stress developed when working in the caring professions
  5. Exploration: What is response artmaking in the field of art therapy? How can it be used for self-care across disciplines, as well as in assisting in greater understanding of and honing of self-regulation in a client or student?
  6. Experiential Art Activity: #1

Session #2: Nurturing Mindful Self-Compassion through Artmaking

  1. What is mindfulness?
  2. Brief overview of empirical research on the methods and benefits of cultivating mindfulness for well-being
  3. Introduction to the concepts of mindful self-compassion vs. self-esteem
  4. How to combine mindfulness practice and response artmaking to help work through feelings of caregiver burnout or acute stress, as well as to help teach self-regulation and build resilience in our clients and students?
  5. Experiential Art Activity #2
  6. Pair/Group Sharing
  7. Experiential Art Activity #3
  8. Group Sharing
  9. Summary of Concepts
  10. Q. & A.

Morning 2:
Session #3: The Neuroscience of Self-Regulation: The Art of Empathic Response

  1. Introduction to current studies in neuroscience related to self-regulation and its connection to the process of artmaking and mindful reflective practices
  2. Two hands-on artmaking activities promoting ‘self-regulation’ and ‘empathic response’ will be facilitated and linked to use in the classroom or client-based work
  3. Experiential Art Activity #4
  4. Pair/Group Sharing
  5. Experiential Art Activity #5
  6. Group Sharing
  7. Summary of Concepts and Activities
  8. Q. & A.
Course Objectives
  1. Through creating response art participants will explore the self-care method, The Art of Empathic Response, designed to promote a deeper understanding of how to foster self-regulation and self-compassion, in order to mitigate the experiences of compassion fatigue experienced by healthcare, educational, and social workers and the acute stress felt by their students and clients.
  2. Participants will be able to list 3 benefits of cultivating self-compassion over self-esteem to aid a caregiving professional who is experiencing vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, acute stress or burnout, as well as understand how these benefits assist students or clients who have difficulties in self-regulation and low self-esteem.
  3. Participants will explore mindful-reflective practice in relation to 5 response artmaking techniques.
  4. Participants will be able to articulate a basic understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of the benefits of repetitive actions using the hands or body when making response art.
  5. Participants will experience first hand how the method, The Art of Empathic Response, can nurture a self-compassionate response to themselves, as well as be used in their work to support their clients and students.
Who Can Benefit?

General and special education teachers, psychologists, counselors, social workers, healthcare workers, mental health professionals, home caregivers.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
30 Nov 2020 300
Normal Till Full 350