CERTIFICATE IN THERAPEUTIC ART

COURSE CONTENT

The course consists of 4 three day weekends. Each weekend includes one evening session. Contact hours total 102.

The programme is intended for students and practitioners who have completed or are in the process of completing a Diploma level course in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Play Therapy or hold an equivalent qualification.

Working with children: Symbolic expression and communication in young children.
Drawings as an expression of the unconscious.
The development of human figure drawings.
Age, gender and cultural differences in children’s drawings.
Drawings of catastrophic events.
The diagnostic use of children’s drawings.
Drawings as indicators of therapeutic change.
Symbolic representations in context. The evaluation of symbolic groupings.
Interpreting projective drawings. Structural analysis of house, tree, person and animal drawings.

Drawings of physically, emotionally, sexually abused and neglected children.
Childrens drawings and their family.
Non-directed, partly directed and directed serial drawings.
Overview of research methods using drawing as an assessment tool.
Combining drawing, Sandplay and assessment questionnaires for the evaluation of therapeutic change.
Emotional indicators and the importance of independent evaluations.
Case presentations.

Guidelines for counsellors and therapists working with children and adolescents. Creating a safe and empathic space. Presence and essence.
Presenting issues, underlying issues and family dynamics.
Transference and counter-transference issues.
The importance of supervision.

Introduction to the drawings of adults with mood disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia.

Introduction to Jungian theory of archetypes and complexes:Mythology, symbolism, archetypes and complexes in drawing.

Sandplay therapy

Life cycle drawing and the work of Gareth Hill; Archetypes of the masculine and feminine in our life cycle. Drawings of the inner masculine and feminine. Life’s journey: from the archetypes of the child to the archetypes of the wise man and woman (the wizard and the witch).

The archetypes of the Anima and Animus in drawing. The Hero/Heroine in children’s drawings and mythology. The development of the Hero/Heroine archetypes and their relationship to the Anima and Animus.
The archetype of the Earth Mother. Archetypes of the King/Queen, Knight/Warrier and the Lover in drawings.
The archetype of the shadow in drawing and mythology. Facing the shadow.
The twelve elements archetypes, their symbolic representations, psychological qualities and shadows.
Archetypes and symbolism in advertising and film.

Post Jungian Psychology: An introduction to a generalised ‘map’ of the psyche and the multidimensional nature of symbols.
Concepts of the self - from Freud to the Transpersonal. The Mandala of the Self; our idealised self, the persona, shadow and ‘True Self’.

Creative Imagination:The importance of creative imagination (visualisation) and mindfulness practices in connecting the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche.
Creative visualisation practices and drawings.
Serial group creative visualisation and drawing sessions with adolescents.

Adolescence: Stages of transition, rites of passage and initiation rituals with particular reference to the transitions of puberty and mid life.
Review of the primary archetypes of adolescence Eros(life)/Thanatos(death), Hero/Heroine, Puer (youth) /Senex (wise woman/man) and the archetype of initiation.

The weekends: The weekends consist of a series of experiential drawings and exercises, teachings and case studies that explore the theoretical and practical issues of working with drawing. Discussion will be held that link the theoretical and practical aspects of the topic.

There will be several opportunities for participants to discuss and review their own drawings, if they wish to do so, and relate their experiences to current life issues and early life experiences.


Childrens drawings are included by kind permission of Janet Butler MA.
Janet Butler - A study of drawing by Sri Lankan girls presenting with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress. University of Chichester.

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