Cristina Nuñez’s first training for SPEX facilitators was held in 2012 in Milan. Since then she has trained 30 facilitators, and many others are interested in using SPEX with others. Some of the 30 are part of the SPEX team, have a look at the Facilitators section.

To access the training it is necessary to have experimented the SPEX method on oneself (in an online or live workshop), by carrying out the complete workshop, and finished an autobiographical project.

The training can be followed individually or in our group workshops, both live and online. But due to Covid-19 restrictions, in 2021 it will be held entirely online, as follows.

Online group path

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, we considered it essential to participate in the live sessions with Cristina during the workshop, as well as the self-portraits sessions in the prison workshops. However, quarantine led us to believe that we need to adapt and make this training available now, even for people who are far away. Moreover, the great success of the online workshops shows us that this format has many advantages and that we can achieve even better results. That’s why we are organizing the next SPEX facilitator course that will take place from October 15, 2021 to April 15, 2022 in our online platform, with a total duration of six months of training. For this training, Cristina will collaborate with Chiara Digrandi, SPEX facilitator, psychologist and art-therapist and Rosy Sinicropi, SPEX facilitator and photographer.

An intensive weekend workshop in Bollate (Milan) will be included as part of the training, if the health crisis allows it. If this is not possible, it can be replaced with video materials from individual and group workshops and individual and group video calls on Zoom. Each participant will have to carry out at least two workshops with groups of their choice: an introductory workshop and a complete workshop, both in groups. We suggest that one of these workshops should be carried out in the social field (prisons, mental health, adolescence in difficulty, addiction, disabled, elderly).

The course consists in 58 hours of live and online meetings and collaborative work, and about 149 hours of homework, as follows: one intensive weekend workshop in prison (Milan), seven three-hour Zoom video-calls, one two-hour video-call, six video-calls in pairs or in small groups, four individual sessions with Cristina for each participant, and work on the online platform. In addition, during the writing of the thesis there are 3 more individual sessions on Zoom with Cristina. Successful completion of the training course will result in the SPEX Facilitator Certificate (photo below). The complete program will be published at the end of August. The SPEX facilitator route costs 1450 euros, with a 10% discount for registrations before September 1st, 2021. Payment by instalments will be possible. For pre-enrolment and payment of the deposit of 300 euros, please write an email to pr@self-portrait.eu.

Route in live group workshops


Four intensive weekends and work to be done in the online platform, a process in which you learn how to apply the SPEX method on other people. The weekends are held 1 month or 1 and a half apart.
Each participant will have to carry out at least two workshops with a group of their choice: an introductory workshop and a full workshop, both in groups. One of these workshops must be carried out in the social dimension (prison, mental health, adolescence in difficulty, drug addiction, disabled, elderly).

Programme:

  • First weekend: discussions on the theory, philosophy and practice of the method. The participants conduct individual self-portrait sessions among themselves, and start planning the workshops they will carry out in the coming months.
  • Work on the e-learning platform: participants start uploading the images produced during their workshops and describing the process, any problems they found and how they felt during the work. The group works on perception of the images, make comments on the process, under Cristina’s supervision.
  • Second weekend: internship in prison.
  • Work on the e-learning platform: participants continue to upload the images produced during their workshops and describing the process, any problems they found and how they felt during the work. The group works on perception of the images, make comments on the process, under Cristina’s supervision.
  • Third weekend: group work on the work produced by the facilitators during their workshops.
  • Fourth and last intensive weekend: group work on the work produced by the facilitators during their workshops. Discussion and index of the thesis.

After the last weekend, participants will continue their workshops if not finished, and work on the final thesis (6 months-1 year). After the discussion of the the thesis, Cristina will evaluate the work done and, if she thinks the facilitator is ready, she will deliver the SPEX facilitator certificate of qualification to the method, with the evaluation of methodological and artistic excellence. It is possible that further work may be necessary to obtain the certificate.
The cost of the training for facilitators is 1300 euros per person, including the follow-up in the thesis and the certificate.

Individual path

At least 10 individual sessions are required, at least 4 of them in Skype/Zoom, the facilitator sending the material to Cristina. In addition, you will need an internship of at least one live weekend during one of Cristina’s workshops in the social dimension.
The cost per hour is 140 euros per hour. There are discounts for the purchase of “packs” of 5-10-15 sessions.

For more information: pr@self-portrait.eu