diploma in integrative art
diploma in integrative art

Diploma in Integrative Art

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.

Topics will include:

  • The ‘enemy within’ – how our shadow qualities show themselves in life and in art. Learning to love all ‘parts’ of ourselves and not to reject them. The work of the Jungian writer Donald Kalsched.
  • Mind, Body and Soul – Relating Jungian, transpersonal and spiritual ideas to the latest trauma and neuroscience research using art, meditation and music. The Essence of the transpersonal writer Almaas.
  • Alchemy – illustrating and feeling the journey from lead to gold in therapy. The Jungian stages of Edward Edinger, Titus Burckhardt and the strange world of Hieronymus Bosch.
  • Working with Families and Groups – using art to enable communication between people. How the patterns around us as children become an integral part of us.
  • Directed and non-directed art – knowing when and how to step in and when to allow the process to continue at its own pace. Practical ideas and exercises suitable for children, adolescents, adults and families.
  • Art in a wider creative context – using art with sandplay, music, meditation, guided visualisation and dream work.

There is some reading set between the weekends as well as some reflective exercises, and you are required 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 Diploma, 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 course begins or £1750 payable in instalments A non-refundable deposit of £250 from the above amount is needed to secure a place.  Contact Jill for the next available dates – our venue is in Ealing, 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.

Contact us for more details or a booking form

Contact us for more details or a booking form