Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2019 | WORKSHOP: Unearthing Emotions, Harvesting Strength


Unearthing Emotions, Harvesting Strength
by Marissa Teo — Acting Up

Experience an interplay of visual art, music, movement, drama and the written word as a platform to get in touch with emotions of the present moment. See how the multi-modal use of the arts "unearths" emotions into awareness, and "harvests" strength through artistic and dramatic explorations.

The workshop aims to facilitate the surfacing of emotions into awareness before discovering the individual's strengths that lie beneath it. Often times, mental health issues occur due to a suppression of emotions, particularly in Asian culture where emoting is deemed as shameful and taboo. The exploration of an arts based approach helps individuals to emote without words and without shame. The workshop aims to potentially increase emotional and mental resiliency through a strengths based approach to emotional exploration within a safe space. With less fear around the emotions, finding strengths (emotional resilience) becomes a desired process as opposed to a 'stop-gap' coping method, which most youth employ when they experience intense emotions.

What to bring
Blank notebook and writing/colouring materials

Maximum number of participants

About Acting Up
Acting Up is a social enterprise with a focus on multi-modal, creative arts interventions for emotionally vulnerable youth and the people involved in their care. Using the arts as a platform for therapeutic engagement, Acting Up serves as a preventive and rehabilitative support for the community

Our services and programmes include:
  • Multi-modal, creative arts therapy programmes for groups and individuals
  • Training for professionals
  • Targeted and custom made workshops
  • Short and long term preventive and rehabilitative programmes
  • Mentorship and employment opportunities for youth at risk
About Marissa Teo
Marissa is a multi-modal, creative arts therapist and the founder of Acting Up. Her qualifications include a Masters in Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy from The MIECAT Institute and a 2nd Upper Honours Degree in Psychology with Sociology. Marissa is a professional member of the Australia-New Zealand-Asia Creative Art Therapists Association (ANZACATA) and a volunteer therapist for The Red Pencil, providing arts based therapy for underprivileged children and youth across Asia. She has attended drama training at the former Drama Plus YouTheatre from 1996-2001, and attained certifications in Forum Theatre Training by Dramabox. Marissa has a wealth of experience working with emotionally vulnerable youth in a therapeutic setting, using the creative arts as a medium for therapy and engagement. Her programmes have seen much success in reaching out to youth-at-risk. Marissa has a strong passion to work with youth; creating fun, engaging and safe methods to address their emotional issues


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  • Registration closes 11:55pm on 17 February, 2019. Any cancellations must be made before this cut-off date and time.
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