Earlier this year Anna-Michele and I presented a workshop to the Arts Therapy students at Whitecliffe college. It was exciting and inspiring to see the number of people interested or already working with children in school settings. We presented a number of different therapeutic theories and techniques for working creatively with children (particularly in schools) – like using toys and puppets to introduce difficult subject matters, how to work in metaphor, and using movement, games and circle structures in group work.
Anna-Michele shared the tips, tricks, and tools she’s gathered and developed over her 30 years of taking therapeutic work into school settings in the UK. I added in a few learnings of my own from the work I’ve done here in Auckland (DTNZ), and my time at Arts Therapy Connection (Chicago) and Kids Company (Bristol).
We were also delighted to meet another double-barreled, child-focused, Arts Therapist (in training).. Mary-Grace. We’re noticing a trend! Haha! Anna-Michele, Lucy-Mary.. now Mary-Grace.
Anna-Michele and I are co-founders of APTE (Arts & Play Therapy in Education). Visit apte.org.nz to find out more!