This course (also taught over 5 weekends across an academic year) builds on the teaching on the Certificate. It includes creative and artistic ideas from the Jungian and Transpersonal psychotherapeutic schools as well as spiritual traditions such as Buddhism and Gnosticism. This breadth of knowledge and felt experience allows us to go to deeper levels in our client work and also to find ways we can nurture and support ourselves as therapists and as people.
The course concentrates on the ideas of Alchemy – the concept of changing ourselves from ‘lead’ to ‘gold’ on a psychological and spiritual level. We will relate this to trauma models (e.g. the work of Bessel van der Kolk and Babette Rothschild) and the belief that our bodies hold suppressed feelings and memories, which creative therapy can help us to release in a kind and loving way. There will be self-process and group work on this course.