Arts Wellbeing Collective – Dialogue: Strengthening Relationships (2 hr workshop)
Thursday April 6, 2017 - 2:30 PM
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
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Michelle Ashley & Kirri Dangerfield
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About the Show
Personal and professional relationships are pivotal to mental health and wellbeing, and broader fulfilment of life goals and flourishing.
Within the performing arts there are unique challenges to maintaining and strengthening personal and professional relationships. For instance, long and variable work hours, intense working conditions with a group of colleagues who can feel more like family when a show is in progress, the travel, financial pressures… the list goes on.
Coupled with this, an ability to communicate constructively during challenging conversations can make all the difference to a positive outcome for a show, as well as to the development of positive working relationships, career outcomes, and individual mental health.
This workshop will introduce you to key strategies you can use to strengthen your relationships – with a partner, with friends and colleagues. You will be introduced to the concept of “validation” as an essential ingredient of effective relationships, and you’ll be guided through specific tools from Dr Marsha Linehan’s “six levels of validation”, which she has developed and defined as part of her now widely-utilised cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).