Experiencing Empathy Through Creativity is an online event on 16 April exploring how the experience of empathy is related to creativity and playfulness. How is empathy experienced, and how is this experience linked to creativity? How, in turn, is creativity related to the capacity to play, and why is this so important?

This event forms part of Mental Health & the Arts, an interdisciplinary, cross-border initiative on the island of Ireland, founded and directed by Dr Noreen Giffney, Dr Maggie Long and Dr Jolene Mairs Dyer from Ulster University.

The Mental Health & the Arts initiative will issue certificates with three continuing professional development (CPD) points for practitioners who attend the event.

This event brings together mental health practitioners and creative arts practitioners to reflect on the place of empathy in our lives and relationships: 

  • Joanna Fortune (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Attachment Specialist)
  • Noreen Giffney (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University)
  • Maggie Long (Counsellor, and Lecturer in Counselling at Ulster University)
  • Jolene Mairs Dyer (Lecturer in Media Production at Ulster University, and former Mental Health Social Worker)
  • Geralyn Mulqueen (Artist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist)
  • Shelley Tracey (Creative Arts Facilitator and Poetry Therapy Practitioner).

For further information about the event and speakers view the brochure.

Date: Friday 16 April 2021
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Online via Zoom

Registration is £5. Pre-registration is necessary. Registration is open to all and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here.

Experiencing Empathy Through Creativity is sponsored by Counselling & Health Communication at Ulster University.


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