Beyond Words

Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation

The Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation is a NGO providing psychological and emotional support to children, adolescents and adults through the medium of the creative arts therapies. The organisation was founded in 2001 by Art Therapist Linda Souchon and Dramatherapist Kirsten Meyer and its vision is to provide psychological, emotional and social support to improve the wellbeing of children, adolescents and adults through the Creative Arts Therapies.

The Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation is hosting a three-day workshop entitled ‘Beyond Words’ from 26-28 October 2012 in Cape Town.

The workshop is aimed at equipping social workers, clinical psychologists, registered counsellors and occupational therapists to use arts based methods and techniques in their work with children, adolescents, adults and older people. The skills and experiences gained by participants can be adapted to and incorporated in many work spheres, both individual and group. These methods are drawn from internationally developed creative arts therapies disciplines.

The skills and experiences gained by participants can be adapted to and incorporated in many work spheres, both individual and group.

Participants will gain knowledge on how working with image, metaphor and play can facilitate psychological processes. This method of working is particularly suited to clients who:

  • Struggle to articulate their difficulties through words;
  • Are traumatised;
  • Are prone to destructive acting out;
  • Have difficulties in containing their intense emotions;
  • Have social and behavioural difficulties;
  • Present with somatic difficulties;
  • Have reached an impasse within the therapeutic process;
  • Have a psychiatric diagnosis which impedes their communication;
  • Wish to explore the wholeness of their personality including their creativity.

You will earn 18 CPD points for attendance.

The three days will combine both an experiential and a theoretical component. Participants will engage with their own creativity and explore a range of arts based approaches such as, six-part story-making process, traditional tales and image making through art and embodied sculpture.

Examples and case material will be given throughout and participants will also be assisted in thinking about how to apply these methodologies with their own case material with both individuals and groups.


Heather Schiff

Heather Schiff has been working in the field of Dramatherapy for the past 15 years, with a variety of client groups including in psychiatric, educational and community contexts.  She is also a clinical psychologist and integrates the arts within her private practice.  She represented all Arts Therapists in South Africa on the board of the HPCSA from 2005 until 2010. She is also co-founder and co-director of the Bonfire Theatre Project, a theatre company using the elements of story and improvisation to transform people’s lives.  

Sophia Condaris

Sophia Condaris trained in the United Kingdom as a Dramatherapist in 1997 and an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. She has experience of a wide variety of client groups and has worked in many clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, day centres, secure units, prisons, residential homes, therapeutic communities and schools. She spent several years lecturing at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education on the Foundation and the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and at Anglia Ruskin University where she was also course leader for the undergraduate module in Dramatherapy. She currently works with the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation and also has a supervision practice.

Enquiries: Heather Mac (Project Manager), Tel: 021 448 7199

Course fee: R3 250

Bookings: Submit a completed Application Form and proof of R1 500 deposit.

Groups: Space is limited to 15 people so book early to avoid disappointment!

  • Your place on the above course will be confirmed as soon as deposit/payment is received;
  • Balance of payment is strictly due on commencement of courses;
  • Course fee include all materials, refreshments and lunch.

Banking Details:

Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation
Name of Bank: ABSA
Account Number: 4055440073
Branch: 632005
Reference: Your name

Fax proof of payment to 021 448 7199.

Time: 9h00 - 16h00

For more about the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation, refer to

Event Start Date: 
Friday, 26 October, 2012
Event End Date: 
Sunday, 28 October, 2012
Event Venue: 
Constellation House, 5 Oakvale Road Rondebosch, CapeTown
Event Type: 

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