Stress Management through Art Therapy at AFK


Event description:
Art is one of the strongest forms of expression. Hence, it is an amazing way of communication. Life is too hectic today and one of the outcomes is an immense amount of stress and strain. Among other ways, Art therapy is a proven solution to reduce stress and it is helpful to those who are concerned about anxiety and panic attacks.

Art therapy opens avenues to self awareness and this leads to a higher level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). As self awareness enables one to understand one’s own emotions, it assists that individual in understanding others’ emotions as well. This results in being able to manage one’s own emotions, it brings a higher level of empathetic interactions with those around us.
Apart from this, art therapy helps reduce physical pain, stress, aggression and irritability.

Unlike the misconception that only those who are good at arts can benefit from art therapy, there is no limitation on who can avail this wonderful practice. Anyone who can make a mark on paper is qualified for the session. This session is open to all age groups and backgrounds and inculcates inclusion by practice.

This session will provide an outlet to express their feelings be it anger, euphoria, guilt, frustration, sadness, love or any emotions conceivable.

Trainer’s Profile:
Farooq Parekh‘s extensive experience of teaching and training is spread over a period of two decades and extends to a wide variety of streams and audiences. He is an Art Therapy practitioner and conducts art therapy workshops at T2f and other organisations. He is the founder of Sunflower Mantra, a training platform which has been founded with a purpose to inspire people to be able to attain their goals and lead happy lives.

He is a proponent of integrating art and soft skills into the curriculum rather than labeling these crucial skills an ‘extra’ curricular activities. He has recently acquired training in ‘Horticulture Therapy’ from New York Botanical Garden, USA and in “Creating Arts through movement and dance’ from Segni Mossi’ in Rome, Italy.He has trained and guided teachers, parents, youth, and members of corporate sector with some national and multinational organisations. For more than a decade, he has also been engaged as a visiting faculty member for A’ level Sociology and Psychology at prestigious schools and colleges including Karachi Grammar school (KGS), Nixor College, Southshore, The City School, Beaconhouse School System. His qualifications include degrees in Sociology and History. He has acquired education from University of Karachi and University of Amsterdam in Netherlands. He has traveled extensively and has attended numerous conferences and training locally and internationally.

He is involved in a diversified array of pursuits that include teaching, teacher training, public speaking, life coaching, and writing for newspaper and magazines. He is known for his tailor-made sessions to help families, individuals and groups in managing stress, organizing their lives, getting rid of unwanted habits and attaining happiness.

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