Tue, Oct 16 | Kathleen Syme Centre

Palliative Care and Bereavement Art Therapy – ‘Witness and Response’ with Yvonne (Sherring) Maclean

Artist / art therapy approaches and practices with people receiving palliative care and bereavement care. An interactive component to this workshop will include art making in response to the themes presented
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Palliative Care and Bereavement Art Therapy – ‘Witness and Response’ with Yvonne (Sherring) Maclean

Time & Location

Oct 16, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Kathleen Syme Centre, 251 Faraday Street

About The Event

Palliative Care and Bereavement Art Therapy – ‘Witness and Response’

Yvonne (Sherring) Maclean

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE TO KATHLEEN SYME CENTRE, 251 FARADAY STREET, CARLTON

Key words: community, home-based, multidisciplinary care, art therapy

Soulful witnessing and art were natural companions in my world at a young age. In the 2 hours we will spend together you will first hear a something of a summary to introduce Melbourne’s home care, palliative care to act as a foundation to hearing about one artist arts therapist art therapy approaches and practices with people receiving palliative care and bereavement care. An interactive component to this workshop will include art making in response to the themes presented.

*Please note that the discussion includes talking about death, dying, the terminal nature of disease, loss and bereavement. It is expected that attendees understand this and agree to maintain their own personal care with the topics presented in this educational session, intended for those (interested in) working with such populations and themes. To be clear, this is not therapy or a support group. Please contact the organisers if you have concerns.

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Biography: Yvonne is a professional fine artist (BAFA, CIT/ Monash University), teacher (Dip. Ed, Hawthorn/ Melbourne University), clinical art psychotherapist, supervisor, (MAAThR, LaTrobe) and psychodramatist/ director (PIM, affiliate of LaTrobe University).

Within her business YSh Studio (Est.1998) Yvonne produces art, exhibits, undertakes commissions, teaches and sells her works (paintings and mixed media ‘Symbolist’ works, life drawings, portraitures, and her new online, painterly-posters range) and engages a variety of creative, and human services contracts. Yvonne also has employment in home-based palliative care. A solid studio practice complements Yvonne’s passion for people, good health care and working with arts in health and community. Whilst completing formal (art therapy and psychodrama) study, Yvonne gained employment that has since led to her becoming an accomplished Melbourne-based, ‘medical’ art therapist (15 years) with specialist clinical experience from having immersed herself in the provision of (community) palliative care and bereavement art therapy. Yvonne is a purposeful advocate within these fields (contributing to a variety of conferences and research projects across palliative care, art therapy and arts in health, working with ANZATA as an active subcommittee member and engaging the Victorian Health Professionals Union intermittently with regards to field developments). Yvonne’s ongoing clinical palliative care work makes use of her rich work history across a number of arts, education, local government, juvenile justice and sexual assault settings. On a personal note, Yvonne is a long time artist / painter for the ‘Jeans for Genes’, CMRI campaign (since 1998 her paintings have contributed to raising in excess of $100,000), and regularly submits to a range of Australian art prizes.

“Palliative care art therapy is a match for me … it speaks to my core values of a love of people, art, expression, ‘being’, living, dying, grieving, companioning and healing”. YM

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