This is an introduction to using therapeutic art activities in counselling. It is therefore suitable for everyone working with or interested in working with children, young people and adults. The course is especially useful for counsellors and psychotherapists in schools and private practice. Professionals, students and volunteers from other education/mental health environments are also welcome. You don’t have to be good at art to take part!
You will learn simple, easy to use ways of using expressive art with all ages
If you are an art therapist, you already know how expressive art can really help children, young people and adults to show and process feelings that talking therapy cannot easily access. Our aim with this course is to introduce easy-to-use art therapy activities and techniques so that counsellors from a wider context can integrate them into their existing work. We will also help you combat any fears and other barriers you may have about becoming more creative. Sometimes, it is our own anxiety about picking up a paintbrush that stops clients doing art. We can help you feel more confident and comfortable about working creatively.
Our groups are never more than 10 people, so there is always one-to-one support and advice. Emma Steadman has been teaching creative art to counsellors and play therapists for 15 years. She will therefore guide you gently through accessible techniques with visual art. For example, we will discuss the kinds of equipment and space you need in schools and other counselling environments. In addition, you will also learn practical techniques to encourage clients to draw, paint or use clay.