Chairperson letter

I can’t believe that it’s the end of the year already. As I look back on the year, it seems crazy to remember that we were still in the grips of COVID this time last year and feeling the strain of restrictions and a long period of emotional and social turmoil.

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We are JCH

Little ones sit happily drawing and colouring in while older kids sing, rap or dance to Amapiano. The room is always noisy, often chaotic and messy, and the energy levels are high enough to reach the moon.

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Creative Arts Space Showcase

Something remarkable happened on a former dump site in Freedom Park Soweto. Something so unexpected, uplifting and fascinating that volunteers from Joburg, Mexico, France, Austria, the US and South Africa came and rolled up their sleeves, eager to watch, learn and contribute their own talents to this unfolding story which culminated in an Arts Showcase which was open to the public on the 4th of December.

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Music Therapy training programme, UP

2022 has been a good year, being the first year fully back to in-person work since COVID. Our students have serviced clinical and community placements in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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MA Art Therapy Studio Practice

This year I had the pleasure of teaching on the first Masters in Art Therapy. It has been a wonderful experience running a studio practice group but challenging, as the sessions have been online throughout the year.

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Connection Space

At the start of 2022, Membership Services and the Communications committee launched a space for Sanata members to connect.

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Mentorship program

Being a new graduate can be daunting and uncertain. Membership services launched a mentorship program at the start of 2022 where new graduates were given the opportunity to be paired with a mentor.

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Art Therapy Honours Student reflection

The Art Therapy Honours year was one of personal growth and reflection. It was not without some difficulties along the way but learning to reflect using art materials and images was immensely helpful…

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A Woman’s Worth Weekend

It amazes me how often I hear in my practice room beautiful, strong, successful women describe consuming inner thoughts of self-doubt and shame.

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GIM Training in South Africa

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, or “GIM” as it is generally known, is a powerful music-centered form of therapy that has grown substantially throughout the world, which is a testament to the method’s validity and therapeutic potential.

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