sp(i)eel arts therapies collective

Rural Communities in South Africa.

We are a collective of art therapists, applied and community arts practitioners, and art activists who work with the shared goal of addressing intergenerational and complex trauma in South Africa. Our mission is to develop an arts-based community model of mental health care that is reflective of indigenous knowledge systems and culturally responsive to the groups it serves. It is a movement away from the individualistic practices of the dominant Western model of mental health care and an effort to emphasize inherent strengths and protective factors that can serve a person’s wellbeing in relation to their community. Our ultimate goal is to develop collective resilience that can affect social change..

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