For a number of years organisations have been inviting ‘specialist consultants’ to inspire their businesses. From aromatherapists to management consultants, comedians to drumming workshops, everyone has had an experience of something different. An Art Therapy Workshop is suitable for a Fun Day, or to De-stress, or to focus on some organisational dynamics. At a deeper level the experience helps work colleagues respect, understand and connect more; this can result in better work relationships leading to increased creativity, productivity and profit.
I have been running bespoke workshops for several years and enjoy devising specific programmes for varying organisations. They include ‘Art for Stress-release and Self-regulation’; ‘Art Stimulates Creativity’; ‘Group Art Process’ for Team Building. Evaluation and feedback forms after the various workshops show the consistent need for quiet time, reflective space, peer respect and acknowledgement, connection with others as well as the value for one’s own creative process.
There is a difference between ongoing clinical art therapy work and a one-off workshop which needs to accommodate specific objectives and work in the ‘here and now’. As Director of London Art Therapy Centre Ltd. I have an interest in business issues and HR as well as having run groups for many years.