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The community art counselling training starts on 18 January 2022

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Section 1: Introducing the module

Welcome to Module 5 of community art counselling.

When completing this module, the learner will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand the community art counsellor’s role in assisting trauma survivors.
  • Have some knowledge of trauma from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
  • Understand how the body is affected by trauma
  • Understand how to build a set of tools and techniques to assist groups/group members to process and manage both traumatic symptoms as well as the meaning associated with the trauma.

You will need approximately 30 hours to complete the full module.

Module 5 has 8 sections. And several different types of activities, including videos, transcripts of the videos, group activities, individual activities, quizzes, optional assignments and a final assessment. Activities and options assignments must be completed in either your journal, the creation of an image, or a Word document. Journal entries and images must be photographed and uploaded to your student dashboard. You will be directed to additional readings and videos where appropriate.

In this module you will:

  • Be introduced to Lefika’s work as it pertains to trauma
  • Explore trauma in South Africa
  • Learn about the body’s response to trauma and the various techniques used to process trauma
  • Be exposed to the steps in the child's interview
  • Discover how to work with trauma in groups

We will also look at different group activities by exploring the art-making process of creating a sensory box, somatic body scans, the limbic system, and various trauma debriefing techniques.

Art materials

Over and above the art materials you have gathered so far, you will also need a piece of string, a box with a lid - this can be a recycled box, for example, a box that a cellphone comes in - or you can make a box, or purchase one. Sensory materials (sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing) such as herbs (fresh or dry), scented candles, images, rocks, seed pods etc. You will also need different colour playdough or i-Clay.

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