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Webinar 1: Cultivating Art-Based Practice for Newcomer Mental Health

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OCASI - Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV), in collaboration with Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, is pleased to bring you a two-part webinar series on integrating art-based approaches within your current practice.

Webinar 1: Cultivating Art-Based Practice for Newcomer Mental Health

Expressive arts are ancient practices that offer healthcare and settlement workers skills to help newcomer communities heal using sensory trauma recovery approaches. This session will provide an overview of art-based practices drawing from existing EA programs at Access Alliance including a focus on newcomer women survivors of domestic violence. Participants will take away new perspectives on mental health and increase their knowledge on the benefits of art-based activities for community members that are culturally and trauma informed.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about expressive arts as an intervention for trauma recovery among newcomers
  • Gain evidence on the benefits of arts as a body base approach for healing  
  • Understand the different approaches to art-based methods in settlement and healthcare
  • Increase knowledge on cultural and trauma-informed expressive arts practice 
  • Explore ways your agency can integrate expressive arts methods

About the facilitator

Christen Kong is a Health Promoter focusing on improving the mental well-being of newcomer individuals and their communities using the Expressive Arts Therapy Approach. She is also the project coordinator for Hubs of Expressive Arts for Life - HEAL Project, a multi-year implementation research study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). 

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie at

**Please note that all attendees will receive the Zoom link and further details 24 hours before the event**

Event Details

Date & time -
Mode Online 2 min. read