working creatively with

displacement, trauma and difference

Increasingly people from different parts of the world are coming together to share communities and resources. Those who have had to leave their homes due to political conflict, socioeconomic difficulties or natural catastrophes may struggle with a sense of displacement and traumatic experiences. creating links believes this situation demands an increased understanding of peoples‘ unique experiences and of cultural difference.

The manifold difficulties faced by deprived, displaced or marginalised populations can have a profound impact on mental health. Within this context, professionals working in therapeutic, health or social settings can be confronted with complex needs that might range from language barriers to trauma symptoms. By sharing skills, cultural perspectives and work experiences, professionals can form an international network that promotes integrated communities, in which the well-being and resilience of vulnerable individuals is enhanced.

As a multinational not-for-profit project, creating links provides opportunities  for mental health and psychosocial professionals who support those experiencing  difference, displacement and trauma. Formed by a group of art therapists working in diverse cultural settings, we  focus on the use of art-based techniques that help transcend language and cultural barriers. As an internationally active project we emphasise creativity and flexibility to support a collaborative approach, which builds on the existing knowledge and expertise of the people we link with.

why we work with art

art is rooted in every culture, becoming particularly important in times of transition and upheaval. As a universal means of communication it provides an ideal tool to transcend language and cultural barriers. It allows for issues around displacement and diversity to be explored in a safe and creative way.

Creative art therapists are experienced in offering the opportunity for those they are working with to explore art materials in a way which feels right for that individual. They are sensitive to what art might represent in different cultural settings and may benefit from sharing ideas and experiences of diverse client groups, enhancing cultural competency.

Other professionals can facilitate and encourage the use of art as a meaningful, soothing and empowering activity. The chance to express themselves in an open and supportive environment can enhance well-being and positively impact social and psychological development.

Every donation can create a link within communities