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Art Workshop



Ofira Honig & Oihika Chakrabarti (Workshop)
Devika Mehta Kadam & Neta Ram-Vlasov (presentation)

Memories of world lockdown: A trauma-informed cross-cultural perspective for Art-therapy during the covid-19 pandemic lockdown in Israel and India

The workshop and presentation are based on a cross-cultural art therapy perspective (McNiff & Barlow, 2009).

The presentation will introduce the collaboration between Beit Berl College, Israel and St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai, India. The research included guided art, structured by art therapists and based on theories of coping and resiliency in times of crisis (Leykin et al., 2012). It was approved by the academic institute’s ethics committees. Participants were 26 Expressive and Art Therapy students (13 from each country). The research included stages of semi-structured art guidelines and questions that the researchers sent to the participants.

The workshop, ‘Memories of world lockdown through collage’, will include creating artwork individually as well as participating in a group discussion. It aspires to explore aspects of coping from the interpersonal to the intrapersonal, and to the social level. The visual phenomena will be discussed within cross-cultural and trauma-informed art therapy perspective (Malchiodi, 2020), presenting creative processes that reflect perceptions of self, understanding of roles and world views during lockdown.

Leykin, D., Krkeljic, L., Rogel, R., Lev, Y., Niv, S., Spanglet, J. & Tal-Margalit, M. (2012). The BASIC Ph model of coping and resiliency: Theory, research and cross-cultural application. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Malchiodi, C.A. (2020). Trauma and expressive arts therapy: Brain, body, and imagination in the healing process. Guilford Press.
McNiff, S. & Barlow, G.C. (2009). Cross-cultural psychotherapy and art. Art Therapy, 26(3), 100-106.
The research collaboration was in English (data was originally analyzed in English).

Oihika Chakrabarti

Oihika Chakrabarti (DAT, RATh, MFA) is a pioneering Indian Art Psychotherapist, with over two decades of clinical, developmental, rehabilitative, post-disaster/humanitarian and training experience, working in India and overseas. Oihika has a Masters in Fine Arts from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and in 1997, was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India to pursue postgraduate training in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. On her return, she pioneered Art Therapy in India, spearheading the first Art Psychotherapy clinical service in India at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’s Child Guidance Clinic at Wadia Children’s Hospital, Mumbai in 1999. In 2004, she founded Manahkshetra Foundation (art for social change) to expand the scope of the field.

Oihika has a Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, USA, and her doctoral research on decolonising the curriculum via pan-India consensus research aims to contribute to the creation of the first culturally relevant Masters in creative arts therapy in India. Oihika has contributed to numerous international publications on art therapy and is core faculty of art therapy on the PG Diploma Expressive Arts Therapy programme at St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.

Oihika is a Co-Founder and Chairperson of The Art Therapy Association of India (TATAI). She is a Global representative for the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) in India, a peer reviewer of Goldsmiths Online Journal, UK and an International Advisor to the International Association of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET). She has been an International Mentor to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).


Chakrabarti, O. (2017) Genesis of a new cultural model: Envisioning the scope for art therapy in India. In Hougham, R., Pitruzella, S., Scoble, S. (Eds) Cultural Landscapes in the Arts Therapies, ECArTE publication, University of Plymouth Press.

Chakrabarti, O. (2018) From bystander to engaged witness: Drawing the connection between social action and the scope for art therapy within the framework of social work in India. In Huss, E., Bos, E. (Eds) Art in Social Work Practice; Theory and Practice: International
Perspectives, Routledge publication.

Chakrabarti, O. (2021) Shilpanjali: Offering a co-created culturally relevant creative arts therapy curriculum framework for Master’s level training in India. In Huet, V., Kapitan, L. (Eds) International Advances in Art Therapy Research and Practice: The Emerging Picture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Chakrabarti, O., Kashyap, T., Gopalakrishna, M., & Cherla, N. (2021). Samagama–Dialogues on the development of professional creative arts therapy practice, research and training from India. (pp. 123-146). In Cao, M. L. F., Hougham, R., & Scoble, S. (Eds.) Imagining Windmills: Trust, Truth, and the Unknown in the Arts Therapies. Routledge.

Ofira Honig

2009-14 PhD, Sussex University, UK.
Topic: Post-graduate art therapy training in Israel: personal and professional transformation through dynamic, artwork-based experiential transformative courses.
1994. MA (Expressive-Creative Therapy), Lesley University (Boston, US).

1986-89 BA (Behavioral Sciences-Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology),
Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Employment relevant to lecture topic
2013 to date. Head, Art Therapy Dpt., Beit Berl Academic College.
Composed M.A. program in Art Therapy.
2014 to date. Head, MA program in Art Therapy, Beit Berl Academic College,
2002 to date. Lecturer, Beit Berl Academic College, Art Therapy Dpt.
2005-2012 Lecturer, David Yellin Academic College Art Therapy Institute.
2007-2008 Guest Lecturer on Art Psychotherapy, Bar Ilan University.
2000 to date Instructor and Supervisor of art psychotherapists.
2001-2004 Workshop Leader, Studies Instructor & Supervisor of psychotherapy & students, Hebrew University.
1995-2003 Lecturer in Art Therapy, Seminar HaKibbutzim College.
1992-2005 Art psychotherapist and supervisor, Mental Health Center.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Honig, O., Rinat, S., Feldman, A., Gindi, S. (2019). A Chorus of Angels, The Ripple of Water, and The Weight of Stone: art therapy and artwork which cradle both family carers and their relative with dementia. In: Wood, M., Jacobson, B. & Cridford, H. (Eds.). The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care (pp. 161-180). Routledge.

Conference presentations
2016: Honig, O. KeyNote: transformative dynamic teaching. The International Art Therapy Conference, October 2016, ‏ Expressive Arts in Action, Say: Yes We Can! Bled, Slovenia

2016: Honig, O. Inquiring our personal and professional identity through movement, color and writing. Workshop at the International Art Therapy Conference, October 2016, ‏ Expressive Arts in Action, Say: Yes We Can! Bled, Slovenia.

2016: Honig, O. Paper presentation:The PENTAGONAL Space That Enables A Topic-Led, Transformative Learning. International Art Therapy Conference, April 2016, ‏ Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring social and cultural space in contemporary Art Therapy practice, Goldsmiths ‎University of London, England

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