Building Resilience: Practical Skills Workshop
with Dr Alison Robb
Trying to build a career in the arts is no cakewalk…the uncertainty, periodic isolation, rejection and constant striving can really take a toll. And yet – we are passionate beings, committed to making our art and living our values. So what can we do to look after ourselves and each other on the long road to a sustainable artistic practice?
In this half-day (4 hour) workshop, Dr Alison Robb, a psychologist, former theatre director and practising artist will guide the group through information and skills training with the goal of helping manage stress and build resilience. Alison will present a brief talk, followed by group discussions and practical skills training in areas such as:
- mindful self-compassion
- spotting mental health difficulties
- values clarification
- guided imagery
- getting ‘unhooked’ from self-criticism
- working with difficult emotions
- relaxation training.
There will be opportunities to record the exercises for your future use. A comprehensive resource list will be provided.
Dr Alison Robb originally trained as a theatre director at the Flinders University Drama Centre and worked in the industry for a decade for companies such as State Theatre South Australia and Vitalstatistix, as well as in the USA and UK. She worked in multiple roles such as director, assistant director, stage manager, administrator and technician and was involved in arts support groups such as Arts Anonymous and the Sophia Women Artists’ Network. Alison is now a psychologist working in private practice as a therapist and consulting to arts organisations, including developing and delivering addresses, workshops and wellbeing resources. She is a practising artist with a current passion for portrait painting and her most recent theatre work was with Restless Dance Theatre for the 2017 Adelaide Festival.
Helpmann Academy is proud to introduce our Activate Professional Development Seminar Series.
The series aims to empower emerging visual and performing artists with practical knowledge to help build and sustain a successful creative career.
The Activate Seminar Series will present guest artists, specialists and panels covering a range of topics such as contract and intellectual property law, income and funding options, marketing and publicity, and more.