Sabine is a registered art therapist and expressive arts therapist who has been working in inner-city community based health care at the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver for the past 12 years. The Dr. Peter Centre provides innovative clinical services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other medical and psychological challenges. It is one of two supervised injection sites in North America.
Sabine mounted a collaborative photo project with 6 clients of the Dr. Peter Centre. All of them identified with living with the effects of marginalization and the intention of the project was to shed light on their resilience. What emerged was Sabine’s own learning about how to “shape the moment.” As she says, “In the end, what the process has left me with is the profound longing for what the participants have moved within me: absorption in artistic processes and following my own longing for beauty.”
Her dissertation committee (Steve Levine, Paul Antze and Ellen Levine) dialogued with Sabine after her presentation and awarded her the Doctorate with the designation of summa cum laude. Many of those who attended the defense were inspired to engage in art-making and arts-based research. Congratulations to Dr. Sabine Silberberg!!