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Training during COVID-19…Jacqui McKoy-Lewens & Northern Programme Students & Teaching Team at Attachment & Arts Conference (2021)

09 August 2021

Jacquie McKoy-Lewens & Northern Programme Students & Teaching Team presenting “Training during COVID-19: Impact of Pandemic on Trainees’ and Tutors’ Attachments & Identity” at the 2021 Attachment & the Arts conference on 20th November…

All qualified art therapists remember vividly their training: sharing learning and feeling a sense of belonging to a group of peers is an essential part of developing a professional identity. Often, lifelong friendships are forged during that time which sustain many through professional and personal challenges. ‘Being together’ is at the heart of this process for both trainees and tutors.
In March 2019, the pandemic put a stop to this and heralded a sudden disconnection between students, tutors, clients, supervisors, etc. Many students were not able to go through a planned assessment and beginning of therapy or ending process with their clients which added to this sense of disconnection, made worse by the loss of contact with peers and tutors. 

Students, course leader and tutors from The Art Therapy Northern Programme will share some of their experiences, reflections and responses on how the pandemic affected and shaped their personal and professional perspectives of the world, their attachment responses to peers, tutors, clients, colleagues etc., and their sense of professional identity. 

Jacqui McKoy-Lewens (Northern Programme Students & Teaching Team: details to be added) 

Jacqui McKoy-Lewens trained as an Art Therapist in response to her many years of living and working within multi-cultural communities and specifically with disadvantaged community groups as a local government, Community Arts Officer. 

This led on to therapeutic work with clients in schools, community centres, forensic settings, pupil referral units and with looked after children/youths who were exhibiting challenging behaviours and many who were also often deemed to be at risk of offending. 

Alongside her therapeutic work, she has also worked for many years as an Academic Lecturer, teaching Undergraduate and Post-graduate level students on Creative Arts & Entertainment Business Management in Universities such as for the Sheffield Business School. Also undertaking various advisory and consultation roles for the Arts Council of England in arts and business management. All of this is prior to taking up her current role as Programme Director for the Art Therapy Northern Training Programme in Sheffield. 

The 2021 Attachment & the Arts conference will be held on Saturday 20th November 2021 online as a zoom event.  

For more information and conference booking please click here

You can see highlights from previous Attachment & the Arts conferences on Facebook here and on Twitter here

You can also follow the conference live on 20th November 2021 on Twitter using #AttachmentArts