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Art Therapy Programs Going Strong
Our art therapy program continues to support and nurture children to better cope with the ongoing effects of domestic violence.
The primary focus of Emerge’s art therapy program is to provide children with a voice and a means of processing their experience which supports and nurtures them to better cope with the ongoing effects of domestic violence. Many service organisations will not engage a therapeutic response to children without consent and contact with both parents. The Emerge program is special and referring agencies express a sense of genuine relief knowing children can receive a service regardless of their parents relationship.
Emerge currently run a variety of art therapy programs which include an Open Studio, Closed group and individual art therapy sessions. All our programs are developed and run by our professional art therapy staff which currently includes an art therapy placement student from Latrobe University.
The program has gained momentum and is reaching more services and agencies which has resulted in a significant increase in the number of referrals. Based on the demand we have seen an increased need for mother child art therapy sessions for which we will need to source new funders.
The programs success is partly due to a grant received from the Rowe Family Foundation, Estate Late Charles Robert Eastgate Ogg, Estate Late Edward John Howe , managed by the Perpetual which enables us to employ an Art Therapist four days a week with ongoing evaluation to improve the program in the coming years. We are delighted that The Perpetual Foundation has supported Emerge to grow and sustain this very important program.
We thank our partnerships with our local primary school and church for their support and use of their facilities to run the program.
We would like to thank our funders and supporters who enabled us to extend our reach to so many children. Besen Family Foundation, the Marian E.H. Flack Trust philanthropic trusts, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Commonwealth Bank Community Grant for the wonderful therapeutic resources we have been able to access from their generous funding.
The Mother of a child receiving art therapy from Emerge stated: ”I would like to thank you all for the amazing support given to my son. This last three months there has been a huge improvement, everyone has been commenting. Such a relief for me”
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