Why are adult colouring books so popular? Many find art expression (like colouring) calming, restful and creative. Art can also be a powerful counselling method in being able to bypass the logical constraints of language and cognition, tap into emotions and memory and access places of healing and wholeness.
This two day experiential workshop introduces you to approaches and applications of art therapy for all ages. Creating new individual expression gives rise to new possibilities in oneself and the world. Art therapy has been used across time and cultures to give voice and form to that which has always been hard and important to express. Evidence shows art therapy can reduce symptoms of depression, aggression, anxiety and confusion. Current research is reporting positive outcomes for women with cancer, from relaxation and feeling expression to greater happiness and health.
This workshop will introduce you to theory, evidence and methods in art therapy and give you practical strategies to start working with individuals and groups in a safe and respectful manner. The focus of the workshop will be an experiential and practical introduction to a range of art therapy techniques using pencils, textas, pastels, charcoals, paint and clay. No skill or artistic experience is required for this hands-on workshop.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Explore a range of art materials and methods
- Identify the art therapy theory
- Consider the evidence
- Practise counselling skills using art exercises
- Experience art therapy exercises for use with clients
- Review ethical practice considerations
- Consider practical ways to build an art supply kit
What ideas are explored:
- What is the difference between art and art therapy?
- How do I introduce art therapy to clients?
- How is art therapy suitable for individual and group work?
- What do I do after clients have “made” something?
- How do I make sense of what the client’s art means?
- How do we know if this is working?
- Does it work for all ages and issues?
- When might this form of therapy not be useful?
- What types of art therapy are most suitable for the work I do?
Training methods will include:
- Interactive presentations
- Large group discussions
- Pair and small group discussions
- Live demonstrations of methods
- Practical experience with seven types of art media
- Reflection opportunities for application of methods
Who Should Attend?
Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, case workers, community workers, psychotherapists, mental health and pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic skill or experience is required. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.
Jacki Short - Counselling Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor
Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood. Free onsite parking and walking distance to trains and buses.
Included in the workshop price:
- 12 CPD points/hours (24 hours for AASW members)
- Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
- Certificate of Attendance
- Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
- 9am - 4pm Training
- Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.