In this high place
it is as simple as this,
leave everything you know behind.
“Step toward the cold surface,
say the old prayer of rough love
and open both arms.” – David Whyte
This workshop deals with multi-culturalism, immigration, the refugee or the stranger, and the special in the group (family, school, tribe, country…).
The method was developed to sharpen the awareness of tension within a group (due to prejudice and intolerance towards the “other”) and to cope with power struggle.
Participants will be invited to work with plasticine in four to six subgroups.
Group dynamics will be stimulated and simulated, with a factor of surprise, or is it a factor of frustration?
- Creating something three-dimensional together, by squeezing, pinching, poking the material, adding and connecting parts or cutting away excess to reveal a desired form is a non-verbal, non threatening sensory experience.
- Participants will learn a method which helps in an easy way to be aware of issues of group dynamics, family constellation and different roles. Is there a leader?
- Due to a therapeutic intervention unexpected changes affecting everyone in any group will be experienced and processed.
- A discussion, first within the subgroups, followed by a closure in the big group should lead to a deeper understanding, facilitating empathy and compassion towards the outsider.
- Applicable in any groups (from schoolchildren to the elderly).
Length of time for the workshop: 2,5 to 3 hours.
Number of participants: 20 – 25.
Art supplies: Plasticine in 4 – 6 different colors (depends on number of participants, 4-5 people per sub-group).
For each sub group, about 1 kilo of plasticine is needed.
The colors: White, black, yellow, red, blue and green.
(The colors, besides white and black can vary in shades like red,
pink, dark red…, blue, ultramarine, turquoise, prussian blue…)
Work on 4 – 6 tables (one for each group).
Judith Siano, M.A. is a registered Art Therapist and supervisor. She works as a lecturer and supervisor at the training program for Art Therapists and clinical supervisors at the Haifa University and serves as an advisor for therapeutic interventions in boarding schools for street children and youth. She is the head of the ethic committee at the Israeli Association of Creative and Expressive Therapies and has published several papers about ethics, trauma and Art Therapy.
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