We are looking for an art therapist!
The Art Group plays an important role in supporting the mental health of our client as it allows them to express feelings through creative work and build their self-esteem and confidence. For the summer period, we are looking for an art therapist facilitator who will ideally be available on Monday afternoons and Thursdays until the end of September. More information below.
The Art Group has been meeting via Zoom on Mondays. In September 2021 until March 2022, the group only met online from 1:30- 3:00pm. This was due to Covid restrictions. The facilitator sent out the invitation/link to the participants via email on Monday mornings (from NDRC's zoom account). When covid restrictions were lifted and the NDRC opened to
clients, the in-person sessions were made available and therefore the online group was moved to 5pm-6:30pm. Both groups are open groups, meaning that anyone can join at any point in time. An email is sent out every Monday to advertise both online and in-person groups to a mailing list named. Additional emails can be added to the list for those who expressed recent interest in joining the group.
The facilitator has done a side-by-side approach when it came to art making, meaning that the facilitator made art alongside clients.
Online Art therapy Group
· The facilitator prepared and sent an art pack with art supplies to new participants when they joined, with paints, pens, pencils, charcoal, and paper. The facilitator would top up and send material to clients when they were running out. The art packs were paid for by Notre Dame Refugee Centre funds, but it was the facilitator responsibility to find the materials on amazon, request these items (which had to be approved by Shaku and ordered by Alice). Then the facilitator would pack the items, write the address and hand the fully prepared package to Alice. The facilitator can also do this all themselves but would need to keep the receipts to be fully re-imbursed.
· To participate, clients needed to have internet access and a smart phone/tablet or laptop to Zoom. NDRC was sometimes able to provide mobile phone top-ups for those who needed it - upon request. The Group was limited to 10 people due to the logistics of Zoom, with an average of four showing up every session.
· The facilitator is at liberty to decide whether they prefer to conduct the Art Group sessions from NDRC or from their own place if they are to be solely via Zoom.
In-person Art therapy Group
· This year, the Art Group facilitator was able to organise in-person sessions in late March, after lockdown restrictions were lifted. The facilitator is at liberty to decide if they would like to combine the online with in-person group, however this year the two groups were kept separately due to the complicated nature of blended (online and in person) groups.
· Half an hour before the session ended, the group would come together and show their artwork to each other, and the final 10 minutes were used to tidy and clean up.
· It was the facilitators responsibility to keep the art cupboard well stocked.
It's has been traditionally an 'Art Therapy Group' in that it has been facilitated by a trainee Art Psychotherapist who is thinking from a psychotherapeutic frame. This would be different than an 'Art Class' in that the emphasis is not on learning artistic skills but to have a
space to be together, to create together, to think together, to build trust and connection. Generally, such groups would be non-directive- without a subject or theme. Working online, some facilitators decided to have a more directive approach as the online space seemed less containing than a physical space. This is, of course, up to the facilitator's discretion, as well as the group, to decide what is best for the group. The facilitator also helps the group to set the initial boundaries- time, speaking in English, making sure everyone is in a private space (in a zoom context), respecting each other, keeping everyone safe.
Individual Art therapy
· The Art therapist was able to run individual sessions on Thursdays. These sessions were either online or in-person (depending on the client’s preference) and were held anytime from 11am to 6pm.
Travel expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred by you in performing your role will be reimbursed on demand by NDRC, up to a maximum of £6 per day spent volunteering. Any other expenses reasonably incurred can be claimed back from NDRC against receipts
How to apply:
Please send your CV, Cover Letter and two references to Ines at email@example.com