Lefika 2015 - 2016 Annual Report


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Lefika's Annual report for 2015 (1st March) - 2016 (29th February)

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ANNUAL REPORT 1st March 2015 – 29th February 2016 Street Address: 2nd Floor CMI Building, Gate 13, Corner Hillside and Empire Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa Postal Address: The Art Therapy Centre, P.O.Box 3223, Houghton, 2014, JHB, SA Tel/Fax: +27 11 484 4672 Web: www.arttherapycentre.co.za PBO: NPC REG. NO. 2004/006249/08


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page Letter From The Chair of the Board – Mary-Anne Smith 3 Lefika’s Funding Overview 5 Research, Monitoring and Evaluation 8 Accreditation 11 Training 13  Community Art Counselling Training in Partnership with 14 The Department of Arts and Culture  Train the Trainer – A Lefika and Rand Merchant Bank 15 Partnership Projects  Mary Slack and Daughter Foundation Funded Community Art Counselling Group – Open Studio  Lefika School Holiday Programme – Partnerships (WAM & DHL)  Killarney Country Club and Lefika Partnership  Special Events Held by Lefika Resources  Lefika Publications – A National Arts Council of South Africa and Lefika Collaboration  RMB/BASA Lefika Resource Room  Lefika’s Product Development Initiative  Website and Social Media  Volunteers and Internships Lefika’s Support Network  IPCP  SAPC  Johannesburg Parent And Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC)  Fight With Insight  Special Thank You’s The Lefika Team Thank You Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre 17 17 18 22 23 27 27 30 31 32 33 35 36 37 38 Page 2


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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD Psychoanalysis is associated with expensive complex individual treatments that take years, are focused on the individual and only available to the elite few. However, even Freud was preoccupied with the applicability of psychoanalysis to all, and not just to the wealthy or individual. We shall probably discover that the poor are even less ready to part with their neuroses than the rich, because the hard life that awaits them if they recover offers them no attraction, and illness gives them one more claim to social help. Often, perhaps, we may only be able to achieve anything by combining mental assistance with some material support... It is very probable, too, that the large-scale application of our therapy will compel us to alloy the pure gold of analysis freely with the copper of direct suggestion... But, whatever form this psychotherapy for the people may take whatever the elements out of which it is compounded, it’s most effective and most important ingredients will assuredly remain those borrowed from strict and untendentious psycho-analysis. (Freud, 1919, pp.167–168) Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory has grown and developed globally, though many ups and downs with interest in its value waxing and waning and much debate on its efficacy and applicability. South Africans have a long tradition of interest in psychoanalysis and finally an IPA recognized training and society has become a part of the mental health landscape here. Psychoanalysis provides a large body of knowledge and research that is ideally placed in helping us to think about the context and troubles that we face as a society. I am particularly interested in the value and applicability of psychoanalysis in the context of community and outreach work and believe in the power of a distilled and appropriate psychoanalytic approach to mental health without losing the essence of psychoanalysis. Lefika is a wonderful example of an organization with passionate people who are engaged with the complexities of separating approach from method and applying analytic concepts in a sustainable and useful way that has a palpable impact on the community it serves as well as those who participate as employees, volunteers, and recipients of the services. The psychoanalytic concepts that come to mind and are most crucial my experiences at Lefika are holding (Winnicott, 1960) and containment (Bion, 1962). Lefika as an organization has a very special understanding of and capacity to provide a holding and containing environment. One of the ways in which this has been done is the creation of multiple layers of professionals and volunteers who perform a complex holding function through facilitation, experiential free associative learning, supervision, and careful thinking. Listening deeply is encouraged. Part of learning to listen is about being able to tolerate to hear disturbing material and to tolerate feeling personally disturbed by the material, because the reality that the community art counsellors need to be able to bear witness to is harsh and painful. In working with people who are traumatized they too experience trauma. When the stories are too painful we all find it hard, if not impossible to listen and to bear Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 3


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the story in a helpful way. Lefika provides a holding and containing function for community art counsellors and all employees and volunteers to be able to do their important work. This is really where psychoanalytic work has its value - in a particular type of skilled support of those in the field. These layers of holding assist colleagues to work in a self-reflective way that allows for thinking, compassion, and perhaps most importantly, an authentic and emotionally alive responsiveness. This holding and containment function enables the transformation of unbearable experience. We cannot change the reality in material ways but by helping to bear the trauma and finding ways to think about it, creative opportunities are made possible. Instead of acting and repeating trauma people are more able to discover healthier and more creative ways of managing internal and external reality. This creates, not a false manic hope but a hope of being able to survive difficult experiences which does create small ripple effects that impact on all. Working with Lefika and the creative possibilities that arise from this work makes all of us feel alive and I look forward to what this new year of work will bring. Mary-Anne Smith (Psychoanalyst & Chair of Lefika Board) Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 4


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LEFIKA FUNDING OVERVIEW The 2015 financial year saw the application to 7 major psycho-social funds likes of Investec, Transnet, National Arts Council, Department of Arts and Culture, KFC/Yum, DG Murray Trust, DHL, National Lottery Commission, Mary Slack Foundation. Of these, 5 were successful in securing over R3m in committed funding to be used over the next 3 years: 1. Department of Arts and Culture – R 650 000 training of community art counsellors 2. National Arts Council: R750 000 Lefika Publication of books; training and reference resources 3. Rand Merchant Bank (RMB): Y1: R375 656,67 Y2: R367 406,67 Y3: R348 806,67Train-the-Trainer Training programme 4. Rand Merchant Bank: R100 000 given extra for successful implementation of project 5. Business and Arts South Africa: R50 000 matching grant towards refurbishment of training resource room 6. Mary Slack Foundation: R284900 for 3 years - Open Studio; an after school art skills programme in therapeutic framework 7. National Lottery Commission: R850 000 – provincial expansion of community art counselling training, accreditation (still to be awarded) 8. DHL : R120 000 YR1; R100 000 YR 2; R100 000 YR3; towards the school holiday programme for the next three years (2016-2018) The 2016/17 financial year has seen a continuation of RMB and Mary Slack and the final tranche payments from the National Lotteries Commission has since been paid in February 2016 since Ithuba took over administration from Gidani. DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROFESSION Lefika’s Community Art Counselling training programme has been submitted to the Health and Welfare SETA, accreditation is pending. The SETA registration will ensure that students and alumni of our course will soon be eligible for assessment for HWSETA accreditation. We are also in the process of lodging the Community Art Counselling course as a new mid-level profession with the HPCSA. (Further to this in another exciting development, we are collaborating with University of Johannesburg in exploring the implementation of the first South African Post-Graduate Diploma and Masters training in Art Therapy. SUSTAINABILITY Our directors are currently in consultation with financial advisors and developing our fund development plan. This will involve the diversification of funding streams and sources that will not be reliant on external donor funding. Our intention going forward is to generate funding through courses offered, product development, partnerships with other Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 5


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organisations as well as collaborations with partners in the sharing of resources and expertise. Further to this, the accreditation with the Health and Welfare SETA enables Community Art Counsellors to be accredited as counsellors on a national database increasing employment opportunities. Our Social Entrepreneurial module, as part of our training, equips our students and trained facilitators to proactively write project proposals, create budgets and encourage innovation and community collaboration. Each site that our trainers service are encouraged to build community art counselling services within those organisations and communities. Further to this, each training module is also to be offered as a CPD course for allied professionals which will be an incomegenerating stream. There are also product development initiatives underway which will look at strengthening independence and employability. Our mentorship programs ensure that our counsellors are always challenged and have an ongoing opportunity to debrief thus remaining contained and committed to the cause. Internships ensure that our partner centres and NGOs have sustainable stream of Art Counselling resources that will not only work as a placement within these organisations but also will train their staff and strengthen their internal structures. The cohort of trainers will be from various provinces or have the capacity to travel; this will ensure that Lefika's resources can be implemented in satellite training facilities across the country. Finally the gaining of accreditation will strengthen opportunities for employment and implementation in known and respected bodies in both the art and mental health sectors. Further to this we are focusing on Business development in order to training our team to be more business oriented and this will be incorporated as the next level of social entrepreneurial training in our modular training. Currently, the focus here is on building our training capacity to train a core group of Community Counsellors (currently our organisation only has 2 Gauteng-based trainers who are also the Directors). Fourteen experienced Community Art Counsellors are partaking in the 2015 - 2018 Train-the-Trainer program and 21 Community Art Counsellors currently training and graduating in 2016. Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 6


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Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Although research has always been a key source of evidence underpinning Lefika’s model of practice, efforts to promote research, monitoring and evaluation of our work have grown considerably over the past year. A more focused approach to promoting research, during 2015, took the form of monthly research meetings, in which past research, interesting articles and key questions around Art Therapy were discussed. These discussions highlighted the challenges related not only to providing clear evidence of the process and impact of Community Art Counselling, but also to the difficulty in collecting this kind of evidence. What was most notable across the discussions was that traditional forms of verbal and written data collection, although necessary, are not always practical and do not always provide tangible evidence of the depth in the Art Counselling process and of the resulting impact. This stimulated innovative thinking around the use of Visual Research methods and the integration of these into Lefika’s monitoring and evaluation system. The discussions in the Research Meetings resulted in two important outcomes. The first exciting outcome was the development of a PhD research topic using photo voice as a medium for data collection, which resulted from Juliana Mendonca’s participation in the Research Meetings. With the support of Lefika, Juliana’ will co-ordinate Lefika’s phototherapy weekly group at Lefika, contribute towards the growing body of evidence for Community Art Counselling. The second key outcome was the recognition of the need to review Lefika’s current systems of ongoing data collection and integrate visual research methods into these processes. In order to conduct a meaningful review of Lefika’s systems for ongoing data collection, a series of three M&E workshops were conducted. The first workshop focused on introducing the basic principles of M&E, and refining Lefika’s vision and objectives. This was done using the “Problem Tree Analysis” Approach to identifying the main problem, its root causes and the effects. The product of this workshop was our “Objectives Tree”, which formed the foundation for the development of Lefika’s M&E Framework. The M&E framework was the focus of the second and third workshop in the series. These workshops set out to develop a detailed breakdown of what indicators would measure success against the organisational objectives, followed by a systematic approach to the development of tools for collecting data on these indicators. The resulting M&E Framework provides an understanding of how Lefika’s various activities contribute to the achievement of the organisational objectives, and a detailed guide for measuring them. The success of this workshop series was strongly related to the extent of participation from partners and the meaningful support from a key funder. The extent of participation from Lefika’s funding Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 8


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partners, management, staff and volunteers, lead to a range of insights that, when combined, contributed to the development of a thought-provoking problem tree, and ultimately the shaping of a progressive M&E Framework. This process could not, however, have taken place without the support from Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). By allowing arts organisations to participate in the development of the RMB M&E Framework, while also providing additional funding to support each organisation’s own M&E processes, and engaging in these processes with us, RMB demonstrated their acknowledgement of the value they attribute to M&E. In addition, RMB also facilitated their partner organisation’s access to a workshop on Theory of Change. A theory of change is a visual approach to demonstrating how change takes place within an organisation. The culmination of the learning’s from the theory of change workshop, and the input obtained through the M&E workshop series resulted in the development of Lefika’s very own theory of change. In line with the needs identified in the research meeting, the theory of change provided the kind of evidenced-based means of demonstrating how Lefika achieves the change it sets out in its vision and objectives, which was a fantastic way to pull together all of the research, monitoring and evaluation work done throughout the year. Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 9


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ACCREDITATION The following was provided by Lefika’s Accreditation Consultant, Leoni Grobler: Lefika La Phodiso is currently in the process of registering as a Private Training Provider with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA). The qualification for which accreditation is being sought is: SAQA ID 58203: Certificate: Methods of Counselling, NQF Level 5, 120 Credits. For the HWSETA to complete the accreditation process, Lefika La Phodiso is required to complete the following:   Completion of desktop Provider Self-Evaluation A full set of learning materials for the Methods of Counselling qualification which must include the following documents per module:       Learner Guide Assessor Guide Facilitator Guide Final Integrated Summative Assessment Curriculum Strategy Register an assessor and a moderator against the Methods of Counselling qualification. During the course of 2015, Lefika La Phodiso developed the following modules as part of the learning material development process: Module 1: Counselling in the South African Context Module 2: The Counselling Process Module 3: Psychoanalytic Approaches and Theories Module 4: Group Work Module 5: Trauma Module 6: Social Action and Visual Research Module 7 Social Entrepreneurship and Creative Leadership Module 8: Bereavement, Loss and Endings Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 11


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As part of the development process the modules were quality assured by practicing Community Art Counsellors. The quality assurance process ensured that relevant content was included and also provided the material developers with insights into how the material will be experienced by those registering for the counselling qualification. At present, Lefika is awaiting feedback on the assessor and moderator registration applications submitted to HWSETA during February 2016. Once the applications have been confirmed, Lefika La Phodiso will submit a Provider Self-Evaluation document as well as the learning materials for approval by HWSETA. The final step in the accreditation process will be a site visit conducted by HWSETA to confirm the physical recourses available to offer the counselling qualification. Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 12


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TRAININGS With the generous support of both the Rand Merchant Bank and the Department of Arts and Culture, Lefika was able to deliver two successful training courses in Community Art Counselling and previous trainees graduated to Train the trainer programme; a modular training or block week training beginning in 2015 and in 2016. All our Train the Trainer students have also completed a SETA accredited training course and have received their accreditation as facilitators. This training was delivere by Lefika board member, Karen Miedzinski. The trainings follow the same curriculum, which is psychoanalytically informed, focusing on creative group work, psychodynamic thinking art therapy theory and counseling practice. The training of Community Art Counsellors has become the primary focus of Lefika, motivated by the enormous need for arts based mental health workers in our country and the numerous positive effects that the professionals in this field generate in terms of the capacity for empathy and emotional well being in communities. Both experiential courses targeted people from various demographics, and included candidates from a variety of economic and educational backgrounds including: arts practitioners, mental health practitioners, students, psychologists, social workers, teachers and artists who are interested in the therapeutic benefits their skills and art making can offer the people and communities they work with. The Community Art Counselling course is offered in eight intensive block weeks, running over a couple of days. Many of the trainees in the Community Art Counsellor programmes are also involved in open studio and some are involved and started groups in various working environments working with Allied professionals Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 13


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The Modular Community Art Counselling course is offered in intensive blocks that ran throughout the year covering one module per training block for both CAC and Train the Trainer Programs. Structuring the course in this manner made it possible to offer this training to a broad range of South African provinces, including Limpopo, Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, North West Province. Many trainees come from a variety of fields such as social work, audiology, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, art, corporate, speech therapy, education, graphic design and community work The expectation is that each trainee works to establish a group within a community setting. To ensure consistency and high standards, registered clinical and counselling psychologists and psychotherapist supervise the trainees continued practice within these groups. Through the focus on building therapeutic capacity by training Community Art Counsellors we are able to increase our reach significantly and meet our goal of helping to create active citizens. COMMUNITY ART COUNSELLING TRAINING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE Lefika La Phodiso has been running the Community Art Counselling training for community workers for the past 18 years - this training is psychoanalytically informed, focusing on creative group work and psychodynamic thinking. The course is targeted at community workers, mental health practitioners, psychologists, social workers, teachers and art facilitators who are interested in and want to extend their practice, using analytic thinking and the expressive potential of image making in the course of their emotional contact with the people they work with. The skills gained by participants can be adapted to and incorporated in a variety of work spheres. The training is experiential and each student as part of their training requirement sets up a group within a community setting (including the NGO sector and Government). This work is supervised by psychotherapists from the Institute of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy and South African Psychoanalytic Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 14


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Confederation. The training is run in partnership with Department of Arts and Culture and bursaries are available. This year saw a new format to the training being implemented. Our training programme has been refined in preparation for its accreditation and is now offered on a modular basis during 8 intensive blocks throughout the year, thereby allowing Lefika to reach trainee’s that are living in the province as well as those in other provinces or countries. TRAIN THE TRAINER – A LEFIKA AND RAND MERCHANT BANK PARTNERSHIP The Rand Merchant Bank is funding the Train-the-Trainer Programme. Once trained, these selected Community Art Counsellors can be dispersed into a variety of provinces to diffuse our services across the country. Lefika seeks to place more focus on working in a noninsular way, by developing skills of key counsellors to be able to train within existing structures, thereby creating capacity and employability. Currently there are only two Lefika directors who are qualified to train the Community Art Counselling courses in our organisation, which limits our capacity to reach the need. With this in mind, we have been granted RMB funding to run a 3 year Train-the-Trainer project which will train Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre Page 15



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