Smart Art is a form of Diversional Therapy.
Diversional Therapy professionals work with individuals of all ages to optimise their leisure involvement and experience. The primary goal of Diversional Therapy is to facilitate the process of empowerment and enable participants to make choices and decisions which maximise their participation in leisure experiences that suit their individual needs and wants. This is achieved through the facilitation, co-ordination and planning of leisure and recreational programmes that are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and physical well-being of individuals.
Diversional Therapy professionals recognise that leisure participation is the right and essential need of all individuals within society. Diversional Therapy professionals recognise and facilitate positive leisure experiences that contribute significantly to health and well being. Utilising their understanding of human behaviour and functioning Diversional Therapists draw on the multiple benefits of leisure participation to enhance individual’s quality of life outcomes. Taken from Diversional Therapy National Definition of Practice.
I work with people interested in pursuing a hobby and work intervention through recycled craft. Generally these people teach others how to make things from recycled craft. Certainly the aims of the workshops are to teach you how to have a near zero craft budget and to find new and creative ways to help others to become socially and environmentally responsible through a leisure activity.
I use a socio-educative group framework to deliver diversional therapy through recycled craft. In our Smart Art trainings (the craft activities change dependent upon resource availability, interest, skill, age, dexterity, etc) we talk lots about the environment and lifestyles that go together with living with nature.
For those who want to claim RPL for attendance at a Smart Art Workshop: Smart Art workshops comply with and map to CHCGROUP403D Plan & conduct group activities. This is a unit found in Certificate and Diploma courses in youth work, community development, health & leisure and counselling. For other areas you are studying in (children's services or out side school hours care, for example) talk to Megan to see if you can claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) after completing a 4 hour Smart Art workshop.
If you want to claim RPL, you must keep the evidence of your learning to give to your Registered Training Organisation (RTO). It is up to your RTO to approve partial or complete RPL.
No matter where you live in Australia, I can come to you to run a Smart Art Workshop: Come to a Smart Art Workshop for FREE.