Research and publications

“The respect and encouragement that the staff gives the children makes us feel safe and loved.” 
– Lefika La Phodiso child
“Research has shown the significant contribution of neuroscience to understanding the importance of the use of images, objects and words, ‘action-orientated” interventions in working with trauma survivors.” – Bessel van der Kolk, author.

The 1994 elections in South Africa marked the birth of a new democracy, in 1995 South Africa won their first Rugby World Cup, in 1996 Lefika La Phodiso was born. Against the ever-changing landscape, both locally and globally, Lefika La Phodiso has continued to be a rock of healing and holding to the community. It’s also been a place of empirical research and study. Lefika La Phodiso founder, Dr Hayley Berman, was one of the first registered art therapists in South Africa. She lobbied for art therapy to be recognised by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Hayley’s pioneering work has mapped the way for others to follow. We believe that Lefika La Phodiso has made a significant global impact as is apparent from the many publications. Attach links to research papers

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