The first 'on not being able to paint' drawing session started this week. A quiet calm descended on the therapy space room while we focussed our minds on what we could see. #seeingwhatemerges #watercolours #freestyle #marianmilner
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The aim of the family coming together to think about a story is to assist parents and children in mending things in the loveliest and most rewarding way possible. We are providing a safe and nurturing space where we can help caregivers to become curious about their children, and their relationship with them all in the creative collaboration of story making and using the arts.
Through the use of the Tavistock Model of Infant Observation, our task is to enable the relationship between you and your child to develop a healthier course, by enhancing your own capacity for careful observation of interactions, between you and your child.
During the story making morning, our aim is to foster your capacity for getting to know your own emotional experiences surrounding your child and the crucial task of being an emotionally present parent for your child. Both caregiver and child will be able to get to know more about what each other feels and thinks, this will enable both to develop more of a reflective capacity.
This is a unique opportunity for parents to invest valuable, creative time with their child and then for parents to process the experience with an experienced professional in the following week.
Who's it for?
This story making experience would benefit all families. But, particularly those who may be interested in therapy but are not quite sure what it's all about. It would suit caregivers and children who feel that their relationship has somehow gone awry, and who may want an opportunity to explore their relationship through the arts in a professional, confidential and supportive space. It compliments the work of an existing therapeutic process or is suitable for those who are curious about the opportunities for growth offered by therapy and wish to learn more.
Why The Arts, Attachment and Story making?
At Therapy Space, we feel passionately about mending things in a creative way. We have seen time and time again the effectiveness, the joy, the bonding, the inspiration and real enjoyment that 'making things','making images' and ‘making stories’ together brings. We know that some thoughtful interventions and reflection time with parents can be enough to really help family life.
Your Family Story - ‘Mending Things’ - using the arts
£465 per family
Parent Consultation (Before) The opportunity for you to share how things are at home and school for your child. Major transitions and developmental milestones up until now, and particular presenting issues you may be concerned with. A (90 minute) completely confidential session.
Parent Consultation (After) This second consultation is an opportunity for me to share with you, in depth and detail, my observations of you and your child during the workshop. An opportunity to reflect on how the therapeutic process has impacted on family and school life, and to deepen your understanding of the relationship.
A (90 minute) completely confidential session.
Saturday Mornings by appointment only Therapy Space Jersey 9:30 - 12:30
What’s the Plan?
Parent Consultation (Before workshop begins, at a time to be agreed)
Saturday Morning 9:30 - 12:30
The morning starts off with an introduction to the process of story making. Some time is allocated for the family to think out all their ideas for characters, setting and ‘what happens’. Then we use the art materials (clay, paints and drawing materials) to create the images. This is a chance for the family to think together about their story and explore the use of the materials and techniques. With the use of clay you begin to form the story, combined by painting landscapes onto a big sheet of paper.
A short break for snacks and drinks.
11:30 - 12:30
The family present their images in a cohesive order and talk about their constructed ‘Family Story’.
Parent Consultation (After workshop is completed, at a time to be agreed)
Attachment focussed Arts
What is Attachment and what are THERAPY SPACE trying to mend?
Dr John Bowlby discovered how our earliest relationships with our caregiver create the blue print for all our other significant relationships through life. Our 'Mending Things' workshops are designed to focus on the RELATIONSHIP between caregiver and child (through the lovely and enjoyable use of making something together). Primarily above all else, our aim is to focus on creating more security between child and caregiver. We understand how things can so easily go awry in our busy lives and we also understand that there is nothing more wonderful than the feelings that come when children and parents are enjoying each other. Plus, it's super healthy for our bodies, our minds can take in more information and we are less likely to become ill.
Beatrice Bless, our Christmas Workshop Co-creator.
Currently Education Officer at Standpoint Studios, letterpress printmaker & designer and Gardening Teacher at St. Paul’s Steiner School, London.
Beatrice first qualified as a Kindergarten Teacher in Switzerland and has been teaching at public schools in Switzerland, Barcelona (Spain) and London (UK). In 2007 she moved to London to follow her further carrier path to study Design Practice at Camberwell College of Arts and Design.
After graduating in 2010 she became part of the team at New North Press letterpress and design studio in East London. She has taught letterpress to BA and MA students at Camberwell College of Arts and Design.
In 2016 she initiated the project In Your Hands, with the aim to pass on traditional craft skills to young people from the local community. The pilot project has been generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and London Borough of Hackney.
Since the project has continued as a regular education programme at Standpoint Studios, a registered charity comprising 5 large studios providing creative workspace for 10-15 established artists and makers with diverse specialist knowledge and contacts with leading museums and galleries.