Details of Art therapy workshop

About the facilitator:

Br.Mani Karott is a member of an International Roman Catholic Order called “Little Brothers of Jesus” and is currently working as Counsellor of Post Graduate students in St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore. Educational Profile:
Graduation in Sociology Mysore University, Diploma in Special Education(Chennai), Post Graduate Degree in Sociology from the International Institute of Developmental Studies, Toulouse (France), Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Richmond Fellowship College, Bangalore), Diploma in Art Therapy (Richmond Fellowship College, London)

Professional Profile:
He has several years of experience as a Special Educator with the mentally challenged, as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for persons suffering from mental health problems, as Counsellor for Street Children as well as Training and Research Coordinator for a child care organization and as freelance Art Therapist for several NGOs. He has also been a member of Ethics Committee (IIM Bangalore ) to supervise Research in Health Issues; has coordinated one year Training of NGOs on “Non Institutional Strategies of Rehabilitation of Street Children”(1998) in collaboration with CRY and has coordinated several Research Programmes for street children.

About the workshop:
One of the tenets of art therapy is the belief that the creative process of making art is healing and life enhancing. Awareness of self and others is essential for effective use of art therapy with clients in a multicultural context. This two day experiential workshop on Art therapy conducted on May 2nd and May 3rd 2011 aimed at providing this awareness of self and others. The theme was ‘Discovering the inner child within’. A focused group of 22 participants comprising of Master’s and Doctoral level students enrolled for this workshop. Activities such as finger painting, clay work, pot making and mural painting were introduced to illustrate the principles of art therapy. The feedback of the participants revealed that the workshop was a unique learning experience that left them with a quest to apply and learn more.