Manju and Aslam will be facilitating a workshop using a design from the free, online, global, Creative Wellness Service Initiative that they launched from the Social Action Committee of the IEATA. The workshop design is such that non-professional caregivers can be trained to facilitate unserved and underprivileged populations worldwide to benefit from the healing power of the expressive arts. The workshop integrates positive psychology, healing traditions from around the globe, and neuroscience, and is delivered using the multimodal expressive arts process. We invite you to join this workshop to experience it and maybe sign up to become an IEATA Creative Wellness Ambassador or Guide.
What to bring:
This workshop will be recorded and the recording will be posted in the forum after the workshop, for viewing only by those who have registered for the workshop. To ensure confidentiality of participants, the recording will be paused during sharing.
As a young child growing up in India I would cry when I saw street dogs, and poverty in its various visible forms, especially street children begging for their livelihood. By the time I became a teenager, I wanted to make a difference, but I did not know how. My drive to help vulnerable populations started playing out as a psychology student working with street children in the slums of India.
As both my parents were psychologists, I entered the world of psychology as an undergraduate student, and was immediately drawn to the Rogerian concepts of unconditional love and acceptance as a way for a person to be validated, seen, and feel that they matter. This validation facilitated the person to being their best-self and feeling empowered. In discovering Natalie Rogers’ expressive arts process I found a powerful process of non-verbal connection.
My need to make a difference combined with my education in psychology, counseling, and the expressive arts has led me to where I am today. The need for validation has been true for me personally, and in all the work that I have done over the last 30 years. Social causes are my passion and my joie-de-vivre. I bring heart, expertise, a global perspective, a lifelong thirst for learning, and an empathic and collaborative approach to all that I do.
And I still cry.
For more details about my background please access my resume.
I am a computer and electronics engineer who has worked in technology for over 35 years. My work in managing teams in India, Japan and the US has been a wonderfully rich learning experience. In my last position as Chief Product Officer at AWS Elemental, an Amazon company, I was privileged to see how a $35B organization can still innovate.
I am passionate about the science of the mind and our ability to lead fulfilling lives by using the arts to enable neuroplasticity towards positive outcomes. I completed a course in InterPersonal NeuroBiology (IPNB), a 36-credit program offered by the MindSight Institute and Dan Siegal in 2020. I have been a junior partner to Manju in this work since we got together, and in 2019 when I joined Manju full time in her work, I quickly took to the challenge and the joy of engaging with an underserved population. I got hooked on being able to use my skills to make a difference. I bring the skills of a senior executive, a continued need to learn, a systems approach and an internal drive to make a difference in the world.
We have facilitated expressive arts workshops for over 5000 participants from 40+ organizations. For a list of organizations see completed projects. Since the start of the pandemic we have moved our work online and have facilitated workshops for over 15 groups worldwide.
In the full series, expressive arts professionals from around the world will present live to share their exciting work and expertise in the field with you. We invite you to register for as many workshops as you would like or sign up for all of them with the Full Bundle. Workshops will be held live, online via Zoom with an online learning platform to make access to all of your courses easy.