Embodied persons: drawing on wholeness and creativity in professional practice
An ARTISTIC and HOLISTIC CO-‐OPERATIVE INQUIRY
Saturday 24th January 2015
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in collaboration with Moving Forth SCIO
“We may be in a period of exploring the ways in which … we can both be and promote
others’ being, as whole human beings.” (Lincoln & Denzin, 2000, p. 185)
This one‐day co‐operative inquiry is shaped by a vision to challenge dominant perspectives of effective health and social caregiving, embracing a truly holistic and person‐centred approach. New knowledge will be generated, translated and disseminated through an active learning model of inquiry. Lincoln & Denzin (2000) argue that we are in an era when promotion of the ‘whole human being’ is being applauded by educators, researchers, policy makers and strategic thinkers. Whilst the language of wellbeing, mindfulness, compassion, person‐centredness and human flourishing is commonplace in key policy documents, so too is that of fiscal prudency. This is a living contradiction that both challenges and enables the growth of creativity in research, teaching & learning and clinical practice in health and social care.
This day of active learning creates a space to experience and engage with artistic and creative embodied ways of being and knowing. The day offers opportunities to play, debate, discuss, reflect, have fun, engage in co‐operation, think, take risks and share learning.
The day will challenge dominant perspectives of effective health and social care-giving, and explore and embrace a truly holistic and person‐centred approach.
Ways of working
This is not a typical conference with keynote speakers, concurrent sessions etc. Instead we intend to create safe and democratic spaces where collaborative creative‐reflective inquiry can be nourished. The day will be organised to maximise opportunities for participation in creative inquiry as well as time for reflection, discussion and debate. To help create that ethos we have invite some lead creative facilitators:
Donna Newman‐Bluestein, USA - Dance/MovementTherapist, Counselor & Educator
Magdalena Schamberger, Scotland - Clown Doctor, CEO, Hearts and Minds
Jenny Elliott, Northern Ireland, Dancer-in‐Residence, Health & Social Care
Simon Jackson, Scotland, Visual Artist, & Counselor with ‘GroupArtProcess’
Susan Worsfold, Scotland, Theatre Director & Artist, Voice Coach
Allied Health Professionals eg OTs, Physios, Podiatrists, Arts Therapists; Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists; Nurses; Health and Social Care support workers and managers; Care commissioners; NHS Scotland senior management
Cost -‐ £80 per head
Venue – Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU
My workshop is described thus:
‘Seeing with the Heart’
An embodied approach to care that considers persons first.
How do we convey trustworthiness, warmth, and caring through our nonverbal communication? In this workshop we will explore the basic elements that make up nonverbal communication through expressive movement and dance. Leave the judge at home and come prepared to have fun and be curious.