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VSA Creative Arts Therapy Mentor – Timor-Leste

Share your skills and experience to help communities work through trauma and make a positive difference in the lives families in Lautem District.

This assignment offers a rewarding opportunity to provide essential support for community members to heal and build a positive future in Timor-Leste.
We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Qualification in creative arts therapy, counselling or psychotherapy
  • Experience in the development and delivery of creative art-based therapy programs specifically to address trauma
  • Skilled in training, coaching and mentoring other
  • Experience tailoring programmes to the specific needs of men, women, teenagers and children

Working alongside MHI staff, you will help develop their skills in using creative arts to work through trauma and deal with the ongoing impact of trauma on family life and other relationships. You will help staff to strengthen their understanding and respect for the political, cultural & social circumstances that have led to trauma in Timor-Leste.

Previous arts-based trauma recovery projects have had very positive outcomes for Timorese in dealing with issues of trauma that resulted from 25 years of occupation and conflict (1975-1999). Our partner, Many Hands International (MHI) has requested the support a volunteer to continue this work.

VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.  

Closing Date: 4 Feb 2018 (Interview: 9 & 10 March 2018)
Expected Start Date: Mid 2018
Duration: 1-year (extendable)
Location: Lospalos, Timor-Leste


Movement – Brain • Body • Cognition
International Conference at Harvard University, Boston 

27 – 29 July 2018 

Among the other institutions involved in this event include the Harvard University School of Medicine's affiliated hospitals Spaulding Rehabilitation, McLean, and Beth Israel-Deaconess, as well as the M.I.N.D. Institute at M.I.T., the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Haifa, the Wingate Institute for Sports and Exercise Science, the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel, the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Havana, the University of the Medical Sciences Facultad 'Manuel Fajardo' Havana, the School of Public Health of the University of Havana, and Bielefeld University in Germany.

The purpose of the conference is to share knowledge of all those whose interests lie in the nature of human movement and its relation to cognitive function. The abstracts of the conference as well as selected principal papers will be proceedings will be published in volume 8 of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. Among the broad topic areas in this call for abstracts include Cognitive-Movement applications in: rehabilitation, sports, human development, gerontology, genetics/genomics, technologies and measurement, science of aesthetics, behavioral and communication sciences, occupational and physiotherapy, and biomedical engineering.

We welcome your participation in this event that addresses the relationship between movement and cognition and I personally welcome your enquiries and suggestions.

Check out our website for more details:

9th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit, New York City

2018 Call For Proposals

New York City, 11-14 October 2018

We are pleased to announce the 9th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit to be held in New York City, 11-14 October 2018. Last year, approximately 900 creative arts therapists and educators, counselors and social workers, play therapists, and healthcare colleagues gathered together to learn, collaborate, and network.
      We welcome papers, panels, workshops, as well as single- and multi-day classes featuring any of the creative arts therapies. We are especially interested in sessions that are multimodal, interdisciplinary, and/or experiential.
We are also inviting proposals for day-long multi-faculty seminars. Single-discipline presentations are also welcome, particularly those with an emphasis on studio skills, therapeutic techniques, and topics of clinical interest. Proposals on essential skills in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy are welcome, as well.

Submission deadline: Sunday 18 March – CLICK HERE for the online form
Notification of the committee’s decisions will be sent via email at the end of June

There are no current postings for international arts therapy or related courses advertised here at the moment. Please check again soon as information is posted regularly.
Workshops and Seminars

Square the Circle: Symbolism and creativity workshops –
Bali, April 2018

This Symbolism and Creativity Retreat is designed to harness your own creativity and discover more about Jung’s theories on symbols and archetypes. The workshops include play, painting and collage around symbolic themes such as the forest, the sea and the shadow – exploring fairy tale and myth as well as Jungian symbolism.

A previous participant wrote:
These workshops were a wonderful experience, full of challenge, surprise, insight and fun, and a decisive point for me both professionally as a psychotherapist and personally as someone who wants to develop creatively.

What better place to do this than the beautiful island of Bali, steeped in artistic cultural heritage and rich, vibrant symbolism? The retreat includes yoga by the pool, and daily workshops exploring symbolism facilitated by qualified art therapists, plus other art trips and activities, such as ceramics and puppet-making. We are located at the beautiful Indies Estate, with luxury ensuite rooms, meals and trips included. The creative elements are intense and fulfilling, but there is also plenty of time for yoga, massages, beauty treatments and swimming and sunbathing. CPD certificates are also included.

CLICK HERE for more info and to book

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