This integrative and creative expressive arts therapy course builds on the teaching on the Certificate. It therefore includes creative and arts therapy ideas from the Gestalt, Jungian and Transpersonal psychotherapeutic schools, as well as spiritual traditions such as Buddhism and Gnosticism. As a result, this breadth of knowledge and felt experience allows you as an arts therapist to go to a deeper level in your client work.
Creative expressive arts therapy supports our physical and emotional personal growth as therapists
This creative expressive therapies course concentrates on the ideas of Alchemy , which is the concept of changing ourselves from ‘lead’ to ‘gold’ on a psychological and spiritual level. We will also relate this to trauma models (e.g. the work of Bessel van der Kolk and Babette Rothschild). In particular, we will explore the belief that our bodies hold suppressed feelings and memories. Forms of creative expressive arts therapy can therefore help us to release these feelings in a kind and loving way. So, there will be self-process and group work on this course.
Creative expressive arts therapy is more than just art
We will also include sandplay, meditation, guided visualisation, movement and poetry during this course. This allows us as practitioners to guide clients to the mediums where they are drawn. Visual art is very easily incorporated into other therapeutic arts modalities. We will give you the skills to encourage even the most paintbrush-shy client to make their mark.