Nature Nurture and Narratives: The Art of Self Care

Leanne Schubert
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Nature, Nurture and Narratives is a one day program designed to promote and encourage self care. Developed in 2005 by Social Workers in Hunter New England Health Service as a response to increasing demands for service, limited resources, the growing complexity of clinical practice and the resultant stresses experienced by health care workers, the program utilizes creativity as a primary medium for engagement and represents a merging between art and life.

The program aims to provide an opportunity to reconnect with the five senses through the combination of sensory exercises incorporating sight, sound, smell, touch and taste in a multiplicity of ways with relaxation (Nature and Nurture) and story telling (Narratives). The program is flexible and readily adaptable to a variety of contexts and audiences.

This workshop will outline the program, explore some of the theoretical considerations which underpin it (including care of the soul, blurring art and life, creativity, resilience building) and allow participants to directly experience an exercise from the program and engage in creative processes and practices.

Keywords: Self Care, Creativity, The Blurring of Art and Life
Stream: Art in Communities, Audiences
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Leanne Schubert

PhD Candidate, School of Humanitites and Social Sciences, The University of Newcastle
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Leanne is a social worker with over twenty years of direct practice experience in fields as diverse as child protection, out of home care, disability services and community health following completion of her Bachelor of Social Work in 1984 at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She has an interest in and commitment to the practice of narrative ideas within social work. She is currently employed on a part time basis as a social worker in Community Health in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia.
In 2003 she commenced lecturing on a sessional basis at the University of Newcastle in the Bachelor of Social Work Program engaging in the innovative experience based learning model of teaching and learning utilized there. Her teaching strengths lie in the area of direct practice skills.
Leanne has a long standing interest in the arts and culture. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage Studies. In 2005 she commenced a research higher degree at the University of Newcastle with the intention of combining her major areas of interest – Art, Social Work and Social Change.

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