A lot of people are poorly at the moment with covid, everyone seems to know several people who are, so we are quite suddenly limiting our contact again, just when hope was in the air and people are tired; barely out of bubbles and now being told to retreat again. I feel for my clients who were making so much progress and trust they will use their resilience and resources to stay on track through to spring. I'm also thinking about learned helplessness, with the stop - start of covid restrictions over the last two years.
Personally I started a big painting using bilateral brushstrokes, that will be a freestanding structure, starting with a snow and ice vibe. Art therapists are required to have their own art practices (HCPC, BAAT), so there we are. Literally a license to paint! Nobody needs permission from anyone other than themselves to make a painting and if they do, unless a child in a math class perhaps, then maybe things could do with a bit of a shift. With so many closures of art and music venues, though I am fascinated by EMDR therapy, I am keeping the art aspect of my work very much alive.
Next spring I'll be running one of my EMDR & Art Therapy trainings for the British Association of Dramatherapists, which is a new partnership and links well with the mind-body aspect in EMDR trauma recovery. It will be online, which I am getting used to now. I haven't enjoyed the process as much as in person trainings, but it is helpful for reaching people and sharing information, ideas and techniques more widely than would otherwise be possible. Perhaps next time I will find a co-presenter - for my British Association of Art Therapists trainings.
The last few years I've been running EMDR and Art Therapies supervision groups; now a trainee EMDR Consultant I hope to soon take supervisees through the EMDR accreditation process, encouraging and supporting more Art Therapy and EMDR services to develop.