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Arts Workshop



Tami Gavron

The Arts in Supervision: Dreaming and remembering

This workshop for both supervisors and experienced therapists will focus on the use of the arts as a source of relational knowledge in the supervision process.

Art-based supervision enables arts therapists to explore and understand essential issues that arise in the therapy room and within the therapeutic relationship. During the supervision process, the supervisee is asked to recall the narrative of the therapeutic relationship. In order to reconstruct and recollect this narrative, the expressive arts can serve as an implicit and multidimensional source of knowledge.

Remembering the implicit aspects of the therapeutic relationships constitutes a transformative and embodied experience during supervision.

Stern (2004) suggested the notion of the ‘present remembering context’ which brings the past into the present through the experience as a whole, including sensations, cognitions, affects and feelings. Ogden (2009) defined the use of imagination in supervision as a process of "thinking and dreaming, learning and forgetting”.

Creating as a dream-like process during supervision allows the supervisor and the supervisee to bring the relational memories-both conscious and unconscious- into the present moment. This process can lead to a better understanding of the client and the therapeutic process.

This workshop will enable participants to practice methods in art-based supervision and will provide an opportunity to experience, remember and understand therapeutic relationships. This experiential workshop, which will include imagining, painting and movement, will allow the participants to utilize and develop art-based supervision protocols with their supervisees and as a reflective method for themselves.

Tami Gavron

Dr. Tami Gavron (PhD) is an art psychotherapist and supervisor. She is a faculty member of the Art Therapy Department at Tel-Hai College, Israel. She is a lecturer at The Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies at the University of Haifa, and a coordinator of the Art-Based Supervision Programme at Haifa University. She has a private practice in the north of Israel and specializes in parent-child art psychotherapy, art-based supervision and art therapy with trauma survivors.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Gavron, T. & Mayseless, O. (2018) Creating Art Together as a Transformative Process in Parent-Child relationship; the Therapeutic Aspects of the Joint Painting Procedure. Front. Psychol. 9, 2154.

Gavron, T. (2019). The Joint Painting Procedure; the rating manual. Emili Sagol Research center. The University of Haifa.

Gavron, T., Ito, T., & Inoue, T. (Accepted). Art-Based Psychosocial Intervention in Japan: Cross-Cultural Encounters. International Journal of Art Therapy.

2019 (July): Conference of the American and English Arts Therapy Association. London. Clinical aspects of a parent-child joint drawing.

2019 (September): Conference of ECARTE. Spain.
Art- Based Supervision: research and clinical aspects.

2019 (February): Plenary lecture at the YHT –The Israeli Association of arts Therapies conference. Kfar HaMaccabiah, Israel
Psychoneurological art therapy: What is between brain and creation.

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