This course teaches basic skills using therapeutic art activities in counselling or play therapy. 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, psychotherapists and play therapists 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!
Therapeutic art activities are effective with clients of all ages
As an expressive art therapist, you can really help children, young people and adults. Creativity helps process feelings that talking therapy cannot easily access. This course will introduce easy-to-use art therapy activities and techniques, which will help counsellors and play therapists feel good about integrating art. We will show you creative activities for adults.
We will also help you combat any fears you may have about becoming more creative. Sometimes, it is our own anxiety about picking up a paintbrush that stops clients doing art.
We will help you feel more confident and comfortable about using therapeutic art activities
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 many years. She will guide you gently through accessible techniques with visual art. For example, we will discuss the 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 activities to use with children, young people and adults
There are many simple ways of using therapeutic art activities in counselling. These include using a colouring book, vision board and mandalas. You will soon be using these evidence-based techniques on a day to day basis 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. As a result, they can identify sensations in their bodies. Therefore, making the link between colour, shape and emotion.
Art is especially useful for trauma-informed work with children and young people
Talking therapy cannot reach the youngest parts of us. Creative and somatic work is ‘bottom up therapy’ (Bessel van der Kolk). This means that art can reach the preverbal parts damaged by complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Simple exercises such as colouring patterns to create a collage are an excellent tool. They allow the vulnerable parts of a client to ‘speak’ in a safe therapeutic environment.
Creativity also helps with so-called negative emotions such as anxiety and depression. Making both colour and black and white images is a useful technique with 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.
You will be drawing and painting on this weekend as a way of connecting to that natural expressiveness. You will also learn how to use techniques like spontaneous drawing. This is quickly drawing an image just after a client has left the room. That image helps you to understand the client’s material and be able to separate it from your own issues. So, this kind of self-supervision is really important in art therapy activities.
You can use art with other creative activity
Art therapy techniques blend especially well with other creative ways of working such as family sculpture. To demonstrate this, we will use music and movement during this course. You will discover ways to integrate art with other forms of creativity such as mindfulness, sandplay and dream work. This will give you the confidence to suggest art therapy projects to children, young people and adults. The course will also teach you a number of evidence-based proven techniques.
When you become more comfortable drawing and painting, your clients will start using art
Please get in touch for next dates.
10-5pm both days
Cost is from £250 (payment plans available).
This course needs 6 people to go ahead on the planned date. If fewer than 6 we can offer alternative dates, other courses or a full refund.
Willow Brook Primary School, Barnardiston Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 ODT
This course is for you if:
- You are looking for creative Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- You work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or play therapist
- Or a professional, student or volunteer in an education/mental health setting, e.g. a school, nursery, CAMHS or with Special Educational Needs
- Adding creative therapies art therapy appeals to you
The three levels of Therapeutic Art Activities Training:
- If you are curious about 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 Art, which is our key skills course aimed at qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and play therapists.
- After that, you can go on to the Diploma in Creative Expressive Art, which builds on and expands the skills of the previous courses
Have a look at this general overview on why Expressive Art is Therapeutic.
Benefits of this course:
- Discover a compassionate way of connecting to expressive art
- Learn how and when to use therapeutic art activities with clients
- Be competent using art as an assessment tool
- Understand evidence-based ways of showing progress with children, young people and adults
- Be confident encouraging art as an ongoing part of the therapy
- Begin to understand the integrative theory and research including Jungian, Transpersonal and Gestalt theorists.
- Gain an awareness of trauma-informed models
- Get some interesting, creative BACP and UKCP Continuing Professional Development. We adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
Emma Steadman is an experienced play therapist (MA, BACP), supervisor and trainer. She has worked in CAMHS, charities and schools over the last fifteen years. She is therefore a very experienced teacher and supervisor of creative arts and sandplay therapy. Emma creates a playful creative space to open hearts and minds. She therefore encourages students to tune into clients, see different perspectives and develop confidence.
The cost is from £250 (payment plans available).
The course will give you:
- All courses can be used for BACP/UKCP Continuing Professional Development
- You will learn simple, practical ways to encourage children, young people and adults to use art
- The Introduction will give you the skills you need to confidently use expressive art in therapy
- You will be able to use art as in supervision and as part of your own self-care
- You will feel ready to do the Certificate in Integrative Art
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 handouts are excellent. She has encyclopedic knowledge. Most of all, I liked the personal qualities that she brings. She has such generosity of spirit and warmth of heart. Also, the pace is gentle yet firm. Her holding of the space is exceptional. 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 is second to none. The opportunity to learn experientially as well as via lectures was deeply effective and in my case, life-changing.