Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Adult Clients
Creative & Expressive Arts for Growth & Wellbeing
Developed and Presented by:
Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen
NEXT INTAKE - REDCLIFFE
Starts 29 February - 2 March, 2024
In-person and Online
5 x 3-day in-person training modules + 3 x 2hour
Equivalent to 16 days spread over seven months - 106
This course is designed as
specialised advanced training for counsellors, psychotherapists, social
workers, psychologists and those who support mental health and wellbeing. It
introduces the theories, principles, methods and evidence base for applying Expressive
Therapies in counselling with adult clients.
The Expressive Therapies
approach was developed from Creative Arts Therapies by Mark and Helen, weaving
together creative arts, person-centred therapy, emotion-focused and somatic
therapies, applied to client issues such as: relationships, grief and loss,
anger, and self-judgement. The approach is infused with transpersonal
perspectives and trauma-informed sensitivity. The evidence-base is drawn from the
research literature, and clinical observations from a combined 70 years of
consulting, supervising and teaching. The course weaves together theoretical,
experiential and skills development activities, to ensure your confidence in
applying Expressive Therapies with adult clients.
Modalities Introduced Through the Course
Therapeutic Writing; Use of
Art, Music and Movement in Therapy; Symbol Work with miniatures; Self-Discovery
Worksheets; Mindfulness; Visualisation; Self-Compassion; Body Focus;
Emotion-focused Processes; Dream Symbols; Therapeutic
Practical activities: are drawn from the range of Expressive Therapies activities
developed in Australia by the course creators over the last thirty-five years.
Therapeutic application themes: relationships, grief and loss, anger, self-judgement, and
Theoretical foundations: are drawn from the pioneers in Creative Arts Therapies,
Rogers' Person-centred Therapy, Greenberg's Emotion-Focussed Therapy, Lowen's Bioenergetics,
and Somatic Psychotherapy, Focusing, and Grof's Transpersonal Psychotherapy.
Approved for CPD points by the ACA and PACFA
COMPONENTS OF THE COURSE
5 x 3-day in-person training modules and 3 x 2-hour
Equivalent to 16 training days (106 hours), spread
over seven months.
Three short written assignments.
Students keep a Process
Journal, recording all course activities for future reference.
A training manual will be provided for each module.
Access will be provided to an eBook of Background Readings
3 days 29 February - 2 March, 2024
Orientation to Expressive Therapies and
Introductory experiences with the creative arts
FIRST ONLINE CLASS: 2
Expressive Therapies: History, theory, and evidence
3 days 18 - 20 April, 2024
Art and Music
in Therapy: Spontaneous
and Guided Creativity
with visual arts, photography and music
SECOND ONLINE CLASS: 2
neuroscience tells us about emotion and body awareness
3 days 30 May - 1 June, 2024
Emotion and Somatic-Focused Awareness
processes, enhancing body awareness, using rhythm and movement
3 days 11 - 13 July, 2024
Therapeutic Writing: Words, Metaphors
writing, creativity and poetic thought
THIRD ONLINE CLASS: 2
the evidence base for mindfulness, self-compassion and self-care
3 days 22 - 24 August, 2024
The Inward Arc: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion
psychotherapy, dream symbols and meditative practices
Full cost: $4,425. Participants can pay-as-you-go with
5 payments of $885.
Fee includes all tuition, extensive manual, morning
and afternoon refreshments.
Book a place via the Registration Form - contact Mark on 0419 492 713 or Helen on 0421
129 117 or email email@example.com for a copy.
TIMES FOR 3-DAY IN-PERSON MODULES
9am - 5pm each day, last day ends at 4pm. Each
workshop starts Thursday and ends Saturday
ONLINE CLASS TIMES
6 - 8pm on Mondays (dates to be scheduled)
Expressive Therapies Training & Consulting Rooms
137 Sutton Street
SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING
Pearson, M., & Wilson, H. (2009). Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind,
Body and Emotion. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Pearson, M. & Wilson, H. (2001). Sandplay & Symbol Work - Emotional
Healing & Personal Development with Children, Adolescents &
Adults. Melbourne: ACER Press. Now
only as an e-Book from the authors.
course offers the opportunity to gain valuable skills and a wider conceptual
framework for one-to-one support of adult counselling and psychotherapy clients
using Expressive Therapies. These methods increase creativity and effectiveness
in agency counselling and in private practice.
Ph.D., M.Ed.(BEM); Dip T.;
Cert HB & TP; Dip. ERC.
has been conducting training courses in Expressive Therapies and Sandplay
Therapy around Australia for over 30 years. He was a primary school teacher,
then founded a remedial reading clinic. He spent several years studying
Transpersonal Psychotherapy with Dr Stanislav Grof and the Grof Transpersonal
Training team. In addition to teacher training and a two-year Diploma in
Emotional Release Counselling, Mark holds a Masters in Education, majoring in behaviour
management, and a PhD, researching multiple intelligence theory in counselling.
He has been an enthusiastic seeker of ongoing professional development.
has over 27 years of experience as a counsellor and counselling supervisor, and
lectured in counselling at several Australian universities. He is the author of
Emotional Healing & Self-Esteem - Inner-Life Skills for Children and Adolescents (2004), Emotional First-Aid for Children (1991), Emotional Release for Children (2004), From Healing to Awakening (1991) and The Healing Journey (1997). He is the author of the Expressive
Therapies groupwork program for schools and agencies: Innerspace (2006).
Dr HELEN WILSON
PhD., M. Couns.; B. Bus.
(HRM); G. Dip. ERC.; Cert SP; Cert. HB & TP; Cert. ERC.
Helen is co-founder of Expressive Therapies Australia, with Dr Mark Pearson, and a senior
trainer in Expressive Therapies and Sandplay Therapy, around Australia and
Helen has conducted a counselling and supervision
practice for over 30 years. She offers online and individual supervision for
therapists using sandplay and expressive therapies. Helen has completed
advanced studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy with the Grof Transpersonal Training, has a degree in Human Resource
Management, a Master of Counselling, and has a PhD, researching
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, as well as several qualifications in clinical supervision. Helen has
completed advanced Sandplay Therapy training with Ruth Ammann, a close colleague
of Dora Kalff, the founder of Sandplay. Helen has been a Lecturer and Senior
Lecturer in counselling in a number of Australian universities.
and Helen are the co-authors of Sandplay
& Symbol Work (2001), and Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind,
Body and Emotion (2009).