EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES NEWS
2018 has been
another busy year!
2019 will be our 23rd year
working together to provide quality specialised professional development in
Expressive Therapies and Sandplay Therapy around Australia and internationally.
As Mark is working full-time at the University of the Sunshine Coast
coordinating the Counselling Programs, Helen now conducting most of the
Expressive Therapies Institute trainings, in addition to her position at the
University. This brief update outlines a few of our adventures and the places
where our courses will be taught in 2019.
Doctor Helen Wilson was awarded her PhD in
July this year. Thesis title: Beyond the
Ribbon: The experience of self-compassion in Western Australian women survivors
of breast cancer.
In 2018 Helen
provided Expressive Therapies training in Kalgoorlie for Centacare staff, an
introduction to Sandplay Therapy in Alice Springs for the Holyoake team, and launched
a new intake of the Certificate in
Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work in Singapore.
In 2019 Helen
will also provide expressive therapies training for the staff of Uniting Care
on the Sunshine Coast, and for the Paediatric
Psychology and Social Work Team of Dubbo Primary and Community Health, NSW.
Our programs continue from our studio at
Maroochy River (12 mins inland from Coolum Beach on the Queensland Sunshine
Coast), as well as through Birdwing
Therapies Cairns, Into Blue at
Phillip Island, Victoria, in Bathurst, NSW (supported by Centacare), in
Singapore, and in the beautiful city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic.
Of course, we also enjoy further learning
opportunities, which in this year included a program with Dr. Kristen Neff on
self-compassion, and two days with Prof. Mick Cooper on Existential Therapy, as
well as a seven-day break wandering the beautiful south island of New Zealand.
International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Mark presented a
paper at this conference, at the University of Abertay, Dundee Scotland, in
March this year. This
was the first international conference which saw academics, practitioners and
trainers come together to explore and discuss the full range of issues
associated with the practice of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. We
believe that competence with pluralistic practice is the future of counselling,
and this ethical response to diversity underlies our teaching. Mark's
presentation: A multiple intelligences
contribution to pluralism: Enhancing choice with a focus on strengths.
pluralism? "Pluralism is a philosophical viewpoint which
asserts that there is no one single truth or definitive answer to a question:
multiple viewpoints can be right; there is no privileged perspective from which
the 'truth' can be known; and each individual is unique in their understanding
of reality. Applying this type of philosophy to the field of counselling and
psychotherapy, Cooper and McLeod (2007, 2011) suggest there is no one, right
answer which captures what is helpful in counselling and psychotherapy.
Furthermore, they suggest that therapists and clients have an equally valid
viewpoint on what might be helpful: i.e. therapists should not prioritise their
own position or opinion". (Thompson &
Cooper, 2012, p. 65).
From Strength to Strength: Building Resilience through
ACA National Conference September, 2018, Melbourne. This conference looked at how people
bounce back after issues such as bullying, prejudice, violence, dysfunctional
relationships, loss, trauma, and similar challenges. Mark presented a paper: Counsellors as Resilience Guides. Ten ways that
counselling support can develop resilience; and a
workshop: Navigating Resilience Pathways.
Practical counselling activities to build client strengths.
6th Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors Conference,
Brisbane, September 2019.
are also looking forward to sharing our work at this exciting international
conference, jointly organised by the American Counseling Association, the
Australian Counselling Association and the Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of
Counsellors. Mark's workshop: Integrating
Expressive Therapies into culturally sensitive, pluralistic, evidence-based
USC Creative Arts Therapies
monthly research-focused group is led by Mark and Dr Trudi Flynn, and is held
at the Sippy Downs campus of USC. All are welcome. The aim of the group is to
share enthusiasm for creative arts therapies research and study some of the research
information and generate collaborations among the counselling community,
creative arts therapists, and university researchers (staff and present and
past students). Each session begins with a 30-minute experiential exploration
of a creative arts therapy modality.
aims of this forum are to raise awareness of the creative arts therapies
evidence base; to explore contemporary issues in this type of research (quality
of evidence, current methodologies, future directions, etc.); to
discuss/develop research skills, to increase research literacy in published
creative arts therapies research; to discuss movements in the field; to promote
recognition of the cross-disciplinary relevance and application of creative
arts therapies; and to promote student, staff and professionals' interest in
conducting (collaborative) arts therapies research. Yes, ambitious! If you are
interested to learn more and/or attend please contact either Trudi email@example.com or Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever imagined undertaking a
PhD? Talk to us about
this great and rewarding challenge. It is never too late! There is so much
scope for researching Expressive Therapies, so many counsellor-friendly
research methods, and we can now supervise your projects through the USC.
During 2018 Helen has enjoyed developing and
presenting a number of new one-day Professional Renewal Supervision Workshops,
conducted in her welcoming studio at Maroochy River, Sunshine Coast. These
popular workshops use Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work to explore topics such
as: self-compassion, intuition, hope, imagination, generating hope and
optimism. Available through 2019.
Our hopes and dreams for 2019? More time with grandchildren, a bit more
leisure, and to complete the
manuscript of our new book on counselling children, that has the aim of
distilling all we have learned, observed, created and applied in supporting
young clients, as well as submit to a publisher our three manuscripts on
expressive therapies-based counselling worksheets.
wishes for a great year in 2019,
and Mark Pearson
2019 EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES PROGRAMS
Certificate in Expressive
Therapies with Children and Adolescents
Somatic focused, creative
counselling for emotional integration - 15 days, spread over five 3-day training workshops. This highly experiential course offers training in
emotionally expressive methods and Inner-Life Skills that promote emotional
integration, self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience in children and
introduced: Emotional Release Processes, Symbol Work,
Bioenergetics, Art as Therapy, Music in Therapy, Expressive Writing, Body
Focus, Visualisation, Role-Play, Relaxation and Meditation. There will be a
focus on developing trust with young clients, encouraging their self-discovery,
introducing emotional processing and integration activities.
SUNSHINE COAST, Maroochy River: Trainer - Helen Wilson, Starts 28 - 30 March, 2019
VICTORIA, Gardenvale: Trainer - Jo Ablett, Starts 6 - 8 June, 2019
CAIRNS: Trainer - Keran Thomas, 2019 dates to be
BATHURST, NSW: In collaboration with Centacare - Trainers
Helen Wilson and Mark Pearson, Starts 21 - 23
Certificate in Sandplay Therapy
and Symbol Work
children, adolescents and adults - 12 days, spread over four 3-day training workshops.
This course provides a thorough training,
with extensive practical experience and supervision in the Expressive Therapies
approach to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work. The method of Sandplay Therapy
introduced was developed by Dora Kalff in the late 1950s, based on Dr Margaret
Lowenfeld's play therapy, Jung's Analytic Psychology and mindfulness. Sandplay
Therapy is now taught and practiced around the world, supported by an international society.
SUNSHINE COAST, Maroochy River: Trainer - Helen Wilson, Starts 1 - 3 March, 2019
VICTORIA, Gardenvale: Trainer - Jo Ablett, Starts 7 - 9 February, 2019
Trainer - Keran Thomas, Starts 30 May - 1 June, 2019
SINGAPORE: Trainer - Helen Wilson, planned for a
late 2018 or early 2019 start
OLOMOUC, CZECH REPUBLIC: Trainer - Helen Wilson, Starts 12 June, 2019
PROFESSIONAL RENEWAL & ONE-DAY
SANDPLAY SUPERVISION GROUPS
- with Helen Wilson Dates to be
confirmed for 2019 SUNSHINE COAST
These one-day supervision workshops
provide experiential opportunities to use Sandplay Therapy to explore a number
of related concepts (e.g: self-compassion, intuition, hope, optimism,
ONE DAY EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES
TRAININGS - These are
offered nationally on a wide range of expressive therapies modalities, in
response to specific requests.