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The morning will start with a creative activity, led by art therapist Lisa Macarthur-Edwards. This activity offers a chance to visualise and express your caring role and reflect on the people, places, organisations and activities that have supported this journey. You will have a variety of mediums to choose from to represent your experience and bring in all the supportive people, places, organisations, activities and qualities you possess that made it so unique to you. By taking all your wisdom and knowledge from your journey, you can then project forward what you want to take with you and how you want your caring journey to continue.
Then, MHCN Carer Peer Trainer and Facilitator, Anne Stedman, will be joining with us to discuss the value of reflecting on your life and jotting down your story to help you find meaning and value in your experiences. Experiencing that greater sense of meaning and identity can contribute to acceptance and a feeling of fulfilment and appreciation of your own strengths and abilities.
By combining written and art mediums of expression, Lisa and Anne hope to offer scope for all to enjoy this activity whilst exploring your journey. We then finish the session off with some yummy lunch and a chance to connect with other carers.
No creative experience or talent required, this is an expressive and representational activity. All materials will be provided.
If you are unable to make it to the workshop, please let us know as this workshop has a limit of 15 participants and we’d love to pass on a ticket to anyone on the waiting list.
Lisa has worked in creative community development for 12 years with schools, women’s groups, youth, youth at risk, and disability organisations, and is also a practising visual artist who exhibits regularly. Her work is funded through department of education, local council, government, privately and through grants. She is a qualified and registered Art Therapist and transpersonal counsellor using her skills to empower individuals through creativity, storytelling and the trauma space.
She offers private, online, face to face, NDIS, groups, and works with schools and organisations for women, youth and disability. Lisa is a dedicated facilitator who holds space for individuals to journey towards healing with safety and compassion using powerful techniques and processes.
MHCN Carer Peer Facilitator, Anne Stedman, brings her passion, knowledge and lived experience of mental health caring to developing and delivering training workshops for MHCN.
Anne has a BA and a Masters in International Communication, TAFE Training qualifications for Certificate IV Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Diploma Mental Health. She is a former member of LEAG (Lived Experience Advisory Group) Hunter PIR and later Hunter Primary Care, as well as LEAG Mental Health Commission. Anne also has extensive volunteering and Board member experience as well as a keen interest in community development and empowerment.