At Lefika La Phodiso we embrace growth; both as individuals and as an organisation. We are delighted to have expanded our integrated arts offering to include drama, music and literacy. While the modalities differ, the principles remain: We use creative arts therapeutically to facilitate the recovery from trauma.
It is indeed an indictment of our society, that an after-school programme, attended once or twice a week, is the only place of safety for some of our children. This physical and emotional safe space is crucial to not only the children’s healing, but also empowers them to better navigate day-to-day challenges.
Lefika La Phodiso has an ongoing partnership with Wits Drama for Life, SACAP (South African College of Applied Psychology) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The interns participate in the Open Studio after school programmes, as well as giving individual counselling and therapy sessions.
The supervisors at Lefika help the facilitators and interns to “unpack” and debrief the sessions by offering insight, reflection and support. Our supervision is held by HPCSA registered arts therapists.
Lefika La Phodiso offers individual sessions to children who have been identified as needing additional support to the after-school group sessions on offer. The clinic is open to the public and we often have people cold calling for these services. All ages are welcome.