Community Art Counselling Training Feb 2014 – Feb 2015

 Lefika La Phodiso has been running a Community Art Counselling training for community workers for the past 18 years – this training is psychoanalytically informed, focusing on group work and psychodynamic thinking.


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 IPCP and SAPC. The training is in partnership with Department of Arts and Culture and bursaries are available . For application forms and further information please visit our website on

New course: Exploring your innate creativity; creating time and space.

Facilitator: Angela Rackstraw
Dates: starting October 2013

Exploring your innate creativity; creating time and space.

Are you a woman who seldom or never has time for herself, and is always intending to find and put some aside?  Are you perhaps going through major life changes?  Or would you like to re-connect to your innate creativity, in a gentle, thoughtful and supportive space?

If you need help getting started, where you will not be judged but only encouraged, then this is the group for you.  For any queries, please contact Angela Rackstraw, who will be starting a new group in October.

This evening group (19:00 – 21:00) will be for women only.

The day chosen (Monday or Tuesday is a possibility) will be dependent on the interest shown.

Angela is a trained and registered Art therapist, and has over 15 years’ experience of working with groups, and facilitating the creative journeys of others.  Various media will be used, and various themes will be introduced from time to time, and explored if appropriate.

Medical aid tariff is charged, and fees can be claimed from your medical aid; most (but not all) medical aids cover Art Therapy.

Please email Angela at: with any queries.  If you do not have email, please send a fax to 0866722896, or telephone 021-6839654 during office hours.

Memories of Colin Richards

It is with sadness that we hear of the passing of Colin Richards:

My first meeting with Colin was in the mid-eighties. His interest in the use of art as a healing tool changed my direction in art.

I was studying fine art at UNISA and involved with a diverse group of artists in Cape Town called the Visual Artists Group which operated out of the Community Centre in Woodstock. These artists all had a common purpose – namely resistance to the Nationalists Government and its policy of apartheid.

On a visit to Johannesburg I met with a similar group led by Colin Richards. Colin had returned from London where he studied art therapy at Goldsmiths College, London University. Colin was very enthusiastic about the course and the use of art in healing. At that time the emotional health of both Black and White South Africans was strained.

Colin had many plans for art therapy in South Africa. He advocated training whereby it would be possible for a person to do a six month course which would qualify them to practice art therapy on a very basic level. These courses would be added to over time leading to full qualification, recognition and registration by The Health Professions Council. In the mean time the “bare-foot” art therapists could work where they were most needed, often in township communities.

Colin was a young man bursting with energy and very willing to assist anyone with advice on how to study art therapy. Some of Colin’s plans came to fruition, such as the art therapy centre in Soweto he set up with Maggie Makhoana.   Unfortunately his wish for an art therapy teaching establishment in South Africa has not yet come about. Training and academic qualifications is still only accessible overseas. This entails expensive education fees as well as high travel and accommodation costs for a lengthy period.  Currently art therapy is well established with 15 registered and practicing in South Africa.  There are several others who are trained but not registered.

It is with great sadness that I recall my last meeting with Colin a few months ago at Michaelis where he was a Professor of Fine Art.

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