Behind our Hidden Face: An Exploration of the Limitations and Liberties of Social Masking, a writing for wellbeing workshop.
The current obligation to wear a mask in many communal settings may be changing the way we interact socially.
In this one-day workshop, Andy Devonshire and Lucy Windridge examine personal and critical responses to masks and face coverings in the light of social, political and historical questions.
Using Creative Writing as a method of inquiry, Andy Devonshire and Lucy Windridge will be looking at the significance of wearing face coverings as well as providing insights into the nature of the psychological masks we wear. The aim is to dispel myths, promote inquiry and offer insights as to how we might come to understand ourselves, our current dilemmas and cultural divides.
We will use writing exercises, published writing and discussion to consider personal, psychological, cultural and critical perspectives.
We will also offer the opportunity for an experiential forum using the Johari Window to explore implicit and explicit concepts of self and psychological masking. This is used primarily in a number of personal and therapeutic settings as a key to empowerment and psychological adjustment.
Being a ‘good writer’ is not necessary for this workshop. The only pre-requisite is curiosity and a willingness to write. Certificates of attendance will be given, upon request.
Our Workshop Facilitators:
Dr Lucy Windridge is an experienced lecturer and therapist. She holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, is a trained and qualified Drama therapist holding a certificate in Trauma Reduction Counselling. She began using the arts therapeutically in 1991 initially practising in the NHS and private healthcare as well as in education and the Social Services. She has also worked with individuals privately. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute.
Andy Devonshire is the Counselling Coordinator and a qualified Psychotherapist at Cardiff Met. He has over 25 years working within a therapeutic context, specialising in Trauma and Traumatic loss, and has worked within disaster response in the UK and the United States after 911. Andy has previously worked within the voluntary sector for a National bereavement charity, and also a local voluntary counselling service as Clinical manager. He went on to open a private therapy Centre in 2010 working with individuals that have experienced a range of complex, long term issues.