The Creative Use of Art in Therapy (13,14 & 15 fFebruary, 2013)
An Introduction to art in therapy is an opportunity to experience creative expression modalities in counselling practice. Participants are introduced to a range of art based modalities and have time to incorporate them into their current therapeutic practice methods and theoretical frameworks.
The course covers:
1/ Which art materials are available to use and at what point in counselling and with which clients. In particular we pay attention to the importance of respecting the ability of our clients to manage different fluidity and spillage of boundary of various materials.
2/ The developmental stages of children and their art work.
3/ Different methods and materials to work with different client groups - from structured art processes such as card making, to the imaginative context of painting.
4/ The opportunity to explore sculpture, collage, placement methods, poetry and prose writing as powerful forms of expression
5/ The process of using a range of creative exercises to expand and then return to the essence of the experience is introduced in theory and explored in application.
6/ Betensky's model of Intuitive looking is examined as a method of reflecting on art work to bring creative expressions into words.
Who should attend
This training is useful for counsellors and therapists who wish to explore the potential of using creative methodologies with their clients. Creative interventions and their use is framed in counselling practices and theory - such as developing a shared language (visual as well as verbal), experiential therapies, solution focused and trauma based practices.
This is also a useful introduction for artists beginning to explore the application of creative interventions in a counselling process.