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Title: Working With Drawings in Grief Counselling 2 Day Workshop
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop: The use of drawings and other art work in counselling have been found to be a very gentle but profound way of communicating the grief experience and current life themes for people of all ages. The power of drawings as a therapeutic tool has been well documented over the years. Creative techniques in therapy have been found to be a potent way of working with children who have been witness to or victims of violence, war and natural disasters. Recent neurobiology research has indicated that creative techniques may assist with the processing of the trauma experience and memory. Spontaneous and impromptu drawings can be utilized in counselling to enable insight into beliefs, emotional reactions and behaviors of clients that often go unrecognized or unacknowledged by conventional methods. It is a tool that can facilitate the telling of a client\\\'s story and assist with communicating the impact, journey and growth trajectories of the experience. It can assist in engaging the client in the therapeutic relationship and assist the therapist to be mindful of key issues and possible barriers to the therapeutic process. Julie will present the theory of interpretation of drawings, along with selected case studies to demonstrate the power of drawings in the counselling process. Participants will be introduced to various questioning techniques by utilizing their own impromptu drawings on the day and through guided small group work.
Course / Workshop Outline: Program Two Day Workshop Day 1 09.00 am Registration 09.30 am Overview of the use of drawings in grief counselling. When words are not enough 09.45 am Activity 1: Children on a tree Activity 2: Participant drawing exercise 11.00 am Morning Tea 11.30 am Overview of current grief theory and practice Presentation: Working with drawings, theory and models/ techniques Presentation of drawings/ selected case studies 01.15 pm LUNCH 02.00 pm Drawing questioning/ storytelling techniques Practical Demonstration of techniques Getting started: turning theory into practice 03.30 pm Break 03.45 pm Activity 3: drawing questioning, facilitating the story 04.30 pm Homework close Day 2 09.30 am Homework discussion Neurobiology and impact of creative techniques Colour and kinetics in drawing Tell me about….. techniques/ tools for engagement of client with their drawings. 10.30 am Activity 4: Participant Drawing exercise 11.00 am Morning tea 11.30 am Family dynamics/ theme theory/ case studies Demonstrations Guided small group exercises utilizing participant drawings 01.00 pm LUNCH 01.45 pm Drawing “interpretation” theory/ symbols the language of images Using drawing as a interactive tool/ adjunct in counselling/ therapy, Other creative mediums- Collage/ cartoons/ graffiti/ social media/ technology Demonstration Small group / pair work Guided technique work 03.30 pm Break 03.45 pm Quick draw/ getting inside the drawing Incorporating creative techniques in your counselling practice 04.30 pm Summary/evaluations/ close
Duration (hrs): 11
Course / Workshop content:
Start Date: 25/07/2012
Start Time 09:00:00
End Time 17:00:00
End Date: 26/07/2012

Presenter / Provider Details

Presenter / Provider: Julie Dunsmore - NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief, Dubbo
Qualifications: MAPS Psychologist
Experience: Julie is the current President of the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG) (NSW) Inc. She has been working as a psychologist in the area of loss grief and trauma for over 30 years. Since 2003 Julie has been the Bali Trauma Recovery Coordinator primarily working with NSW Bali Bombing survivors, bereaved & first responders. She has worked with survivors of the Tsunami and most recently a consultant for those working with the bereaved from the Victorian bushfires, and Queensland floods. Julie is a member of numerous International/Federal/State, expert Advisory/Working Groups on Disaster Management in relation to mental, emotional social health response and supporting victims of terrorism. She has been instrumental in developing emotional social health programs and advocating for resilience building initiatives in communities experiencing adversity. Julie has had a special interest in working with bereaved parents, adolescents and children. She was instrumental in the development & facilitation of “Good Grief” weekends for bereaved adolescents. She has worked extensively with young people experiencing chronic and life-threatening illness. Julie is a founding member of CanTeen (Australian Teenage Cancer Patients\\\' Society Inc.) She is a co-founder of SANDS (NSW) (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Group). She has also worked extensively with those who have experienced traumatic bereavement after a violent / sudden unexpected death, including suicide, murder and accidents. She is well recognised for her innovative model of working creatively with those who have experienced trauma & grief.

Venue Details

Address: NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief
Address 2: Welchman Street
Suburb: Dubbo
State: NSW
Postcode: 2830
Website: http://www.nalag.org.au
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry?
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch

Registration Details

Registration process: This seminar is suitable for: Counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, teachers, clergy, mental health workers, and those working in palliative care or with youth How to Register: Online: To register and pay online please visit our website www.nalag.org.au/events.html   Request an Invoice: If you require an invoice please complete a Registration Form and return via fax, email or mail.   Email/Fax: E: paulah@hwy.com.au Fax: 02 6884 9100 By Mail: PO Box 379, Dubbo NSW 2830   Registration Forms Available to download from our website www.nalag.org.au   Bookings and Enquiries:   NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo Ph: 02 6882 9222 Or Email: paulah@hwy.com.au 
Cost ($): 340.00
Cost Description (if applicable): $340.00 (inc GST)* *Early Bird Online Special* Be one of the first 10 to register and pay online by Friday 6th July 2012 to save $40.00 on this workshop. $380.00 (inc GST) Non NALAG Member $330.00 (inc GST) NALAG Member The attendance fee is inclusive of morning tea lunch and afternoon tea, notes and certificate of attendance. Join NALAG today to receive the discount on this seminar. Annual Individual Membership only $50.00. Group concessions available.
Contact Name: Paula Hanson
Contact Phone: 02 6882 9222
Contact Email: paulahanson@nalag.org.au

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