Expressive Therapies in Adelaide

2017 - 2018

Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work
- with adults, adolescents and children

TRAINER: Helen Wilson

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over eighty years. Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive therapies, combining elements of each. Sandplay Therapy allows deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and safely. With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay Therapy is a powerful therapeutic method for use by trained professionals. As a therapeutic intervention Sandplay Therapy has been shown to be effective with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices.

12 days, made up of 4 x 3-day training workshops

FEES: each 3-day workshop $845 - Earlybird discount, if paid one month before the workshop: $795 (includes tuition, extensive manual, morning and afternoon tea. BYO lunch)

VENUE: North Adelaide

WORKSHOP 1   Foundation Skills - One

28 - 30 September, 2017 - 3 days Thursday to Saturday

            Introduction to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work

            Practical skills experience, history and theory

            Overview of literature

            Role-play techniques to support integration

            Collection and use of sandplay equipment

            Contraindications for use of symbolic work and role-play

            Illustrated case studies

WORKSHOP TWO: Skills Two: From Theory to Practice 23 - 25 November, 2017

WORKSHOP THREE: Symbolic Expression, Dreams, Sandplay Research  8 - 10 February, 2018

WORKSHOP FOUR: Transpersonal Contexts, Supervision  22 - 24 March, 2018

The Expressive Therapies approach to Sandplay combines Jungian, Gestalt and mindfulness concepts and methods, and applies this to working with small symbolic objects. Sandplay encourages communication of important feelings and concepts through non-verbal, symbolic means. The play aspect of this approach makes it inviting and non-threatening. Sandplay has an important role in helping clients process emotional distress and can be incorporated into traditional counselling with children, adolescents and adults. Sandplay is useful for working individually or with groups. It can offer ways to help clients resolve family issues, contact and deepen personal resourcefulness, and promote emotional resiliency. Sandplay work provides an effective support for transpersonal exploration.

HELEN WILSON  Co-creator of the course and Senior Trainer

M. Couns.; B. Bus. (HRM); G. Dip. ERC.; Cert SP; Cert. HB & TP; Cert. ERC.; PhD candidate.

Helen is co-founder of the Expressive Therapies Institute and a senior trainer in Expressive Therapies and Sandplay Therapy, and has conducted a counselling and supervision practice around Australia for almost three decades. She offers online and individual supervision for therapists using Sandplay and Expressive Therapies. Helen also offers personal and professional development programs around Australia. She has completed further studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy with the Grof Transpersonal Training, has a degree in Human Resource Management, a Master of Counselling, and is currently completing a PhD on the topic of self-compassion. Helen has completed all three levels of training in Emotional Release Counselling and Transpersonal Studies and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma. She has a Certificate in ERC with Children, a Certificate in Sandplay Therapy.  Helen has taught as  a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Counselling with a number of Australian universities.

Helen and Mark are authors of Sandplay and Symbol Work - Emotional Healing & Personal Development (2001), and Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind, Body and Emotion (2009).


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