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's 'The Arts Therapy Clinic' offers individual arts therapy and counselling sessions to children and adults. We have an annual intake of drama and art therapy interns – all registered as student arts therapists with the Health Professional Council of South Africa - and student registered counsellors.