This is our most popular art course, taught over 5 weekends across an academic year. It gives a good grounding in the theory and skills in using drawing, painting and clay with children, adolescents and adults. We will teach the most commonly used integrative theory and research in a friendly, accessible and interactive way over five weekends spread out across an academic year. There is plenty of space to bring personal and client material in a small group, which provides a safe and nurturing environment. Students are asked to do and (if they want to) to share their personal drawings and paintings with the group. This allows us to begin to access our own material and to be able to separate out what belongs to a client and what is ours, which is a key skill in supervision and self-care. We will use mindfulness, meditation, movement and music during this course.
- Holding a safe boundaried space for creativity with children, adolescents and adults
- Drawings as an expression of the unconscious
- How we draw and paint as children and how that changes as we grow
- Art as an assessment and diagnostic tool – the benefits and pitfalls
- How we fit into the bigger picture – working with other people e.g. teachers, parents and psychiatrists
- Identifying and working with developmental trauma in art
- Helping clients of all ages to become ‘unblocked’ and try some creativity
- Interpretation and use of symbols – the many potential meanings of what we draw
- Myths, archetypes and mandalas – unifying the male, female and shadow in all of us. The symbolism of Carl Jung
- The Hero’s Journey – life cycles and stages according to Joseph Campbell
- Being Present in the room – the attuned client-led world of Violet Oaklander
There is some reading set between the weekends as well as some reflective exercises, and you are encouraged to present a client to the group at some point, but there is no written work during this course. You can use it as Continuing Personal Development (suitable for BACP and UKCP) or purely as a way of looking after yourself. If you would like the Certificate, we need you to do 50 hours of client work that includes art – there is no deadline for these hours, take as long as you need. We can suggest suitably qualified supervisors and personal therapists to support you in your work.
The cost is £1680 paid before the first module or £1750 payable in instalments. A non refundable deposit of £250 from the above amount is required at the time of booking. Contact Jill for the next available dates – our venue is in Ealing, West London.
Venue & Getting There
On Route wellness centre, 44-46 South Ealing Road.
2 mins from South Ealing tube – very close to Heathrow Airport and 30 minutes from central London.
There is a vegan restaurant on site and good coffees and home made cake.