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Creative Therapy with Young People

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It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the Self.

Donald Winnicott

Course Overview:

Engage and inspire young people to action. Learn uses of art, music and drama therapies to involve 10-25 year old clients in individual and group based counselling and give them tools to express themselves comfortably, gain self awareness and skills for change.


Young people can sometimes be challenging to engage in therapy. A variety of evidence-based creative interventions for counselling young people can help in building trusting therapeutic relationships and assist young people to gain insight and move toward change. Based on published efficacy studies and the presenter's own twenty years of experience with young people, case illustrations will be examined. Consideration will be given to the types of creative media relevant for different ages, genders and issues being addressed. Through training in expressive arts, music and game techniques, you will gain understanding about and skills in working therapeutically in creative therapy with young people. 

The focus of the workshop will be an experiential and practical introduction to a range of creative therapeutic methods including therapeutic games, music, art, guided imagery, collage and cards to engage and work with young people in counselling. It will address the fundamental theoretical and methodological concepts in the practice of creative therapies with young people, the evidence base supporting it and a review of relevant developmental principles. This workshop offers you experience with creative media through which to engage and therapeutically work with young people (aged 10 - 25) including the uses of therapeutic games and card sets, collage and other art exercises and music as therapy and more.

You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Understand the contribution of art, music, drama and play therapies to the practice of counselling with young people
  • Review the evidence for these ways of working with young people
  • Integrate the use of creative therapies into the practice of counselling with young people
  • Consider the appropriate developmental, practical and therapeutic benefits and limits of these methods
  • Experience the therapeutic uses of art, music and therapy games with young people
  • Consider practical ways to build creative resources to use with young people
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group

What ideas are explored: 

  • How do I engage young people in counselling?
  • What if the client doesn?t see what they have been referred for as a problem?
  • How can art, games and music be therapeutic?
  • How do I make sense of what their art means?
  • What are different ways music can be used in therapy?
  • What activities are best suited to different ages and issues?
  • Do I participate in the activities?
  • What do I tell parents about what has happened in a session?
  • How do we know if this is working?
  • When might creative therapy not be useful to a young person?
  • What resources do young people respond best to?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Case study reviews
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Live demonstration of methods
  • Practical experience with art and music methods
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods

Workshop Dates

3 - 4 April 2018


Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, school counsellors, social workers, counsellors, case workers, child and family workers youth workers, mental health and pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines who are currently working or intend to work with young people aged between 10-25. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.


Workshop Facilitator

Jacki Short - Counselling Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist





Workshop Venue

Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood. Free onsite parking and walking distance to trains and buses.


Workshop Details

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
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $660

Early Bird              $630 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

Student Price        $560

Student Early Bird $530 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)


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What people are saying about ...

Creative Therapy with Young People

The training workshop was..


..practical in emphasis with constant integration of theory and practice. I loved the opportunity to actually engage in the experience of participating in and reflecting on the activities.


..excellent training, I found it really useful and it has helped to motivate me in using different creative methods in therapy.


..truly, honestly so so wonderful. It was not only professionally very valuable but personally nurturing, insightful, revealing, reflective and self-fulfilling. Thank you so much. What a gift.


..wonderful. I was sad when it was over. I could have done another 2 days. Great experience. opportunity to test out the activities and understand how you might utilize them with clients.  This course was lived/experiential learning.


.. Let me just start by saying again how much I enjoyed the Creative Therapies for Young People training! I walked away from our two days feeling inspired and really excited to expand my knowledge and practices by incorporating some more creative interventions.


...The changes I have made to my practice have really allowed the young people I work with to develop meaning, understand their emotional processes and to make links between past and present experiences.