This conference celebrates 20 years of Creative Therapies, as an organisation that has been working hard with excluded and misunderstood groups to enhance a positive sense of self. This is a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in cultural interventions for health and well-being. Creative interventions can bring a sense of agency and positive identity to people in the most difficult circumstances. At Creative Therapies, we believe that creative practitioners can make better therapeutic alliances, ‘get’ their clients and facilitate meaningful experiences even where positive outcomes are otherwise limited.
The keynote speaker for the event is internationally renowned writer, researcher, environmentalist and pioneer of therapeutic storytelling Dr Alida Gersie. For several decades she was Principal Lecturer in the Postgraduate Arts Therapies Department of the University of Hertfordshire. She has taught the story-based approach to planned change in many countries, and has authored and edited several books.
Throughout the day Creative Therapies will be presenting examples of their ground-breaking work in the field of Kinship Care and the extended therapeutic programme at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Their team of experienced Therapists and Associate Directors will demonstrate practice with case study presentations focussing on self and narrative, and participatory creative workshops sharing methodology.
Another exciting highlight of the day is Creative Lives – Magical Thinking in The Search for Self, a unique piece of theatre therapy where the audience is invited to an intimate insight into the mind of Bob Quilietti, aka ‘Magic Bob’. Bob has collaborated with a team of therapists to reflect on his identity and state of mind, as for the past 15 years he has been living with Parkinson’s Disease and experienced many losses. Now see him from the outside, as others would remember him in his eulogy, to consider how loss can sometimes add to our understanding of the self.
The conference is open to practitioners, (social workers, teachers, health professionals, therapists, artists & arts workers) and prices to attend are:
£75 for Voluntary Organisations/Individuals/Concessions
£125 for Statutory Organisations