The psyche is revealed not only through words, but through images, symbols & the body. Expressive Arts reawaken the language of image, movement, sound, metaphor, drama & poetic utterances, revealing the deepest aspects of the self & expressing what often cannot be put into words. Drawing, painting, sculpture, movement, dance, sand play & ritual provide access to the client's inner world. Weaving art processes into clinical & counseling work greatly expands the capacity to articulate - with fullness & specificity - what lies buried within us, by using each modality as is called for in the unfolding process. As both therapist & client work with these healing multi-arts processes, the creative spirit is aroused & the therapeutic process itself is experienced as art. The workshop will help integrate clinical & expressive arts theory & the experiential process with the arts & clinical applications.
Brinda Jacob-Janvrin is contemporary dancer/choreographer with more than 25 years of performing experience. She is also a qualified counsellor and has been working extensively with movement therapy over the last 15 years.
Her current movement disciplines include contemporary dance (1994 onwards), Authentic Movement (2011 onwards) and Ashtanga yoga (2013 onwards). Her previous movement training include Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatayam, Kathak, Hatha and Vinaysa Flow yoga, Physical theatre, Contact Improvisation etc.
From 2012 onwards Brinda has been training in and exploring Expressive Arts Therapy as a powerful modality with which to work with clients. While movement and the body is her primary modality, she also engages with techniques from visual art therapy, drama therapy, sandplay and psychodrama.
Brinda is the Founder and Managing Trustee for the Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies Trust, which was created in January 2011, with the following vision – “To offer creatively alive spaces and practices to nurture and catalyse self inquiry, expression and integration for individuals and communities”.
One of the main projects of the Trust, the FECAT – Foundation Course in Expressive and Creative Arts, was born out of the need for trained expressive and creative art therapists in India. Conceptualised by Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, the FECAT programme aims to train participants to use different art media in therapeutic relationships with children, adolescents & adults in different settings.
Today Brinda trains, works with individual and group clients, facilitates, performs and choreographs.