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Event Details - Art Therapy

Title: Art Therapy
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Learn practical art therapy techniques for clients of all ages.

This two day experiential workshop introduces you to approaches and applications of art therapy for all ages. Creating new individual expression gives rise to new possibilities in oneself and the world. Art therapy has been used across time and cultures to give voice and form to that which has always been hard and important to express. 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore a range of art materials and methods for therapy use
  • Identify art therapy theory 
  • Consider the evidence for effectiveness
  • Practise counselling skills using art exercises
  • Engage in experiential activites
  • Review ethical practice considerations
  • Consider practical ways to build an art supply kit
Course / Workshop Outline:

Day One

  • Review of history, methods, evidence for art therapy
  • Person-centered counselling skills practise
  • Demonstration of art therapy methods
  • Practise with over 7 drawing and other art therapy methods

Day Two

  • Art therapy exercises with range of materials including paints and clay
  • Review of  materials suitable for different ages and issues
  • Individual vs group exercises
  • Cautions and limits
  • Applications
OPD points: 12
Course / Workshop content:

What ideas are explored:

  • What is the difference between art and art therapy?
  • How do I introduce art therapy to clients?
  • How is art therapy suitable for individual and group work?
  • What do I do after clients have made something?
  • How do I make sense of what the client's art means?
  • How do we know if this is working?
  • Does it work for all ages and issues?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • What types of art therapy are most suitable for the work I do?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Practical experience with seven types of art media
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods

Who Should Attend?

Counsellors, psychologists, social workers, case workers, community workers, psychotherapists, mental health and pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic skill or experience is required. 

Start/End Date: 11/12/2018 to 12/12/2018
Time: 00:00:00 - 00:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Jacki Short
Contact Name: Jacki Short
Contact Phone: 0411209802
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Counselling Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor

Jacki Short is the Owner and Director of Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She has over twenty five years of clinical experience with children, young people and adults. 

As an experienced and Masters qualified adult educator, Jacki has trained thousands of students and course participants in Australia and internationally and remains committed to the safe and expressive growth of all those with whom she works. She gives you practical, evidence-based techniques to help the children you work with talk about their lives more easily, feel better understood and find solutions that are right for them.

Address: Burwood RSL
Address 2: 96 Shaftesbury Rd
Suburb: Burwood
State: NSW
Postcode: 2134
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $660 includes comprehensive work booklet and certificate of attendance
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

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