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.
It is when you yourself become more comfortable drawing and painting, that your clients will start using art.
Saturday and Sunday April 13th– 14th 2019
10-5pm both days
The cost is £250 if booked before 13th March, then the full price is £300
On Route Health, 44-46 South Ealing Road, Ealing, London W5 4QA
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.
This course is for you if:
- You work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, play therapist, wellbeing or mental health practitioner.
- You are a professional, student or volunteer in an educational /mental health setting, e.g. school, nursery, SEN or CAMHS.
- Adding Therapeutic Art Activities in Counselling appeals to you
The three levels of Expressive Therapeutic Art Activities Training:
- If you are curious about or new to using art in therapy, the Using Therapeutic Art Activities in Counselling is the best place to start
- The next level is the Certificate in Integrative Expressive Art, which is our main key skills course.
- After that, you can go on to the Diploma in Integrative Expressive Art, which builds on and expands the skills of the previous courses.
Check this general overview on why Expressive Art is Therapeutic.
Benefits of this course:
- Discover your own love of creativity
- The overall aim of this weekend is to re-discover a kind and compassionate way of connecting to expressive art
- We will be using therapeutic art activities but also music, movement and meditation. For example, we will create a collage and use colouring patterns in a mandala as a way of helping clients feel safe.
- You will learn how to use art as an assessment tool and as a way of demonstrating progress in therapy with children, adolescents and adults
- The emphasis will also be on encouraging art as an ongoing part of the therapy
- We will also discuss the integrative theory and research behind using therapeutic art activities in counselling and psychotherapy. Specifically, this will include the work of Jungian, Transpersonal and Gestalt theorists.
- All of our work is trauma-informed and related to commonly used models
- The weekend is suitable for BACP and UKCP Continuing Professional Development and we adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
Jill Carter has been teaching and supervising sandplay therapy for 15 years. She is a Child, Adolescent Family and Adult UKCP and BACP Psychotherapist and Registered Training Supervisor. Jill has already taught hundreds of sandplay therapy students.
The cost is £250 if booked before 13th March, then the full price is £300.
Support and Community:
- Closed online groups, webinars, podcasts and videos.
- Group supervision days in Colchester and Ealing
What to do next:
I was impressed and inspired by Jill’s professionalism, her excellent handouts, her encyclopedic knowledge but most of all the personal qualities that she brings, such generosity of spirit and warmth of heart. The pace is gentle yet firm, her holding of the space exceptional and after experiencing Psychotherapy training in other institutions I would rate Jill’s approach as masterful and highly competent. The handouts are eloquent and erudite, the symbol collection second to none and the opportunity to learn experiential as well as via lectures deeply effective and in my case, life changing.