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This is our most popular Expressive Integrative Art therapy course, aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists with creative interests in arts therapies and works of art. Basically, it gives you a thorough grounding in the theory and skills behind using visual arts with children, young people and adults. We also integrate creative intellectual evidence-based theory from counselling and arts therapy in a friendly, accessible and interactive way. Our aim is to help you develop the creative and career skills you need to use drawing, painting and clay in your practice.
You will learn how to introduce visual arts to your clients
Emma Steadman has been teaching Expressive Art to play therapists and counsellors for 15 years. In addition, her groups are always small (never more than 10 people) which provides a safe and nurturing environment. The Certificate is also accessible and affordable, as it is taught in five weekend modules over an academic year.
This is an experiential course, so you will be doing drawings and painting as part of your own creative process. Students will also be invited to share their personal drawings and paintings with the group. This allows us to begin to understand the unique and unexpected ways the unconscious guides our art. In addition, visual arts are an effective way to separate out what belongs to a client and what is ours. This is a key skill in supervision, which also protects us from vicarious or secondary trauma in our hands on work.
Start to express yourself and your clients will do the same
Our groups will give you the confidence to use expressive arts in counselling and help you to put pen to paper. It is when we are comfortable drawing or painting that our clients will also express themselves.
Expressive art forms are very effective when used with other creative arts therapies, so we will also use sandplay, mindfulness, movement and music during this course. This course may also be suitable for arts students and others interested in performance art and contemporary art.