Artists as Leaders

In my life, I've had the good fortune to meet a lot of amazing people.  I met three more yesterday, from an Israeli based NGO (non governmental organization) called IsraAID.  Natalie, Bat-Sheva and Avner are in Fort McMurray to help in whatever way that they can.


It was a delightful visit, as we sat around one of the tables in The Redpoll Centre lunchroom.  Growing up and living in Israel, they know all about trauma and being resilient.  They are eager to share some of their methodologies with artists and creative folk in Fort McMurray who want to help our community and its residents recover, artists and creative folk who want to recover themselves.

Artists as Leaders
An Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapies and Methods of Psychosocial Support

Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Redpoll Centre Conference Room
Cost:  Free for artists, performers, and creators who want to participate
RSVP:  rthomas@fmunitedway.com

In this 3 hours workshop we will explore how as artists we can harness the power of creativity as a vehicle for strengthening community, inspiring leadership, and providing an outlet for healing through individual self- expression. Through experiential learning participants are invited to explore the inner space; developing a base for working with groups of varying ages through dance/ movement therapy and expressive arts therapy tools. We will connect the experiential (and non- verbal) process with practical and theoretical tools for stress management, coping mechanisms and resilience.

Workshop Facilitators:

Bat-Sheva Koren PhD , ICET, BC-DTR
Dance-Movement, Therapist, Counselor in Education, Teacher of Movement and Physical Education. Born in Israel, Bat- Sheva grew in an agricultural Kibbutz community on the Jordan river. Bat Sheva’s work focuses on individual and global collective- consciousness. She is affiliated with Seminar Ha-Kibbuzim Tel-Aviv and The Toronto DMT Center. She is also the author of “From Golem to White Eagle: A journey into, through and beyond life”… (2006).

Avner Barkai BSW, MPA
Since 1997 Avner has been working with children and youth at risk who mostly live in residential care homes (boarding houses). His work focusing on attachment theory as a model for healthy relationships in daily life, combining therapeutic dynamic insights and informal connections. In addition, Avner is experienced in enhancing the social and emotional health of the individual, through his with combat reaction soldiers and teenagers in residential care. He has developed and executed curricula and managed programs for orphans and neglected adolescent populations under the umbrella of the Israel Ministry of Social welfare.

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