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Duke Albada

Beyond Words: Painting a Picture of the Efficacy of Art Therapy

by Insight

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    Wed. 22 Mar 2023
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    AEST (QLD time)

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Introduction to recovery-oriented art therapy, a process based psychosocial service that can be tailored to all ages, abilities and needs. Discussing how physical mark-making and embodied creative investigation can foster self-expression, exploration of feelings, gain insights in unconscious material, ameliorate emotions and trauma, supportive of client-agency and mental well-being. Illustrated by case studies and underpinned by participatory approaches, evidence-based theories, and neurobiological research.

Duke has a wealth of experience in the human services. Initially by facilitating ‘art as therapy’ through socially engaged art projects and all-accessible creative workshops, both with diverse culturally and socio-economic clientele. This led to a job as Senior Lifestyle Coach and Hub Coordinator supporting people with disabilities and mental health concerns. Aspiring to underpin and expand her practical knowledge with evidence-based theories, Duke completed a Master of Art Therapy degree at La Trobe University. She is a professional member (Australian Quality Framework level 9) of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and can register as a counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Duke provides trauma-informed individual and group-based psychological and counselling services. She has experience working in clinical, community residential and outreach mental health settings, with teenagers and adults. She primarily works with NDIS clients with complex and chronic mental health issues on a wide range of concerns, recently designed and facilitated a group program for survivors of natural disasters, and taught psychoeducation at an India high school for children from the slum. Duke’s therapeutic alliances are client led, underpinned by self-determination theories and positive psychology, integrating talk-therapy and psychoeducation with visual expression and somatic processing of non-verbal inner experiences. 

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