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.