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 techniques from the art world 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. Jill Carter has been teaching art to counsellors and psychotherapists 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.
Therapeutic art techniques to use with clients of all ages:
There are many simple ways to use therapeutic art activities in counselling, such as colouring books, mandalas and body maps. These are evidence-based techniques which you will learn to use with clients of all ages. For example, body maps (a client drawing around their body on a large piece of paper) can help dissociated clients to begin to identify where in their bodies they feel sensations and make the link between colour, shape and emotion. Art is especially useful for trauma-informed work with children and young people. It also is a good intervention with anxiety, depression and issues around body image.
Small children instinctively make their mark on the page as a way of creating meaning in their lives. Unfortunately, many of us believe that we can’t draw (or we are told that we can’t) so that natural desire to express our feelings on paper is lost. During this weekend, you will using drawing and painting yourself as a way of connecting to that natural expressiveness. You will also learn how to use techniques like spontaneous drawing, which is quickly putting your response to a client onto paper just after they have left them therapy room.