SUNSHINE COAST, Queensland
Currimundi  

2021 - 2023


Please ask for detailed flyers and Registration Forms

 

VENUE: Expressive Therapies Training & Consulting Rooms at Currimundi, Sunshine Coast. Morning and afternoon refreshments provided. BYO lunch.

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 12 November, 2021   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Introduction to Symbol Work

Catalysts for Therapeutic Conversations

A practical workshop using projective techniques developed in Australia over the last thirty years by mark and Helen, the founders of Expressive Therapies Australia. Learn to use a collection of miniatures to support clients to open up, symbolise their inner world, talk about self and resolve issues. Symbols can be used to increase communication, activate creativity, clarify cognition, process emotions and enhance problem-solving. In this innovative program you will gain confidence in using miniatures with art, with movement, with life narratives, with emotion-focussed processes, and with somatic awareness.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 12 November, 2021; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Saturday 13 November, 2021   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Introduction to Therapeutic & Expressive Writing

Reflection, metaphor and language in counselling adult clients

This introductory workshop draws on a range of current literature on the theory, evidence-base, principles and practice of writing for therapeutic purposes. Therapeutic writing within counselling incorporates reflection followed by expressing cognitive, emotional and somatic experiences, and has the potential to support psychological, emotional resolution, and contribute to physical wellbeing. A range of therapeutic skills and activities for harnessing creativity through language exploration with adult clients will be practiced. Therapeutic writing is an expressive therapy that can be safely incorporated into telehealth.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Helen Wilson, Saturday 13 November, 2021; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245.  For further details please request detailed flyer or call Helen 0421 129 117 or email: turnaround2@bigpond.com

 

NEW INTAKE STARTS: 25 November, 2021  

Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children & Adolescents

Somatic & Emotion focused, creative arts-based counselling

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 adolescents.

Modalities introduced: Emotion-focused 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.

WORKSHOP 1:  Supporting Emotional Expression: Art, Music and Movement   25 - 27 November, 2021

WORKSHOP 2:  Exploring Family Issues: Processing Strong Emotions   3 - 5 February, 2022

WORKSHOP 3:  Symbol Work, Group Work and Transforming Trauma   21 - 23 April, 2022

WORKSHOP 4:  Balancing Emotional, Cognitive and Somatic Processes   23 - 25 June, 2022

WORKSHOP 5:  Inner-Life Skills for Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem   14 - 16 July, 2022

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, Starts 25 - 27 November, 2021; each day 9am - 5pm.  Each 3-day workshop: $845; Total cost: $4,225.  For further details please request the detailed flyer and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

Personal Development Weekend - Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 February, 2022

Self-Care & Self-Awareness for Carers

Expressive Therapies for Personal Development & Reflective Practice

Personal Development emphasizes a counsellor's attention to both their own wellbeing and their professional functioning. Since research indicates that the competencies of therapists are closely related to their self-awareness and ability to reflect on their practice, this workshop will explore practical, creative arts-based, methods to enhance self-awareness, self-care, and be ready to deal with our responses to our professional work.

This weekend offers immersion experiences with a range of Expressive Therapies activities for self-awareness and self-care. Join us to understand yourself in new ways, through: body focus, responding to music, therapeutic writing, symbol work, autobiographical reflection, and mindfulness moments.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Facilitators: Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson, 19 & 20 February, 2022. 9am to 4.30pm each day. Fee: $490.  For further details please request the flyer, and the Registration Form: Mark 0419 492 713 or Helen 0421 129 117   Email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 25 February, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Working Through Anger and Frustration

Expressive Therapies with Young Clients

This highly experiential introductory day will model practical ways of dealing with anger, frustration, and the disruptive acting-out of children and adolescents. Expressive Therapy tools such as drawing, bioenergetics, emotion-focused activities and relaxation will be introduced. As well as presenting the framework and principles of Expressive Therapies, there will be a focus on understanding symbolic expression of anger, bringing closure after expressive work and supporting cognitive and somatic integration.

These approaches have been developed from emotion-focused and psychodynamic theory, and use creative arts approaches to support young clients to resolve underlying emotional issues impacting negatively on behaviour and cognition.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 25 February, 2022; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Saturday 26 February, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Grief, Loss & Separation

Emotion-focussed Approaches to Counselling Young Clients

Many children and adolescents encounter feelings of grief. Many have had to deal with an issue of loss and separation, whether that loss came through a disability, an accident, the onset of illness, a major change in life, a sense of isolation, separation from - or loss of - someone close to them. This workshop looks at new ways we can help them address any unfinished feelings carried over from past events that may be impacting on current behaviour. We will explore emotional release activities, symbol work, self-discovery worksheets and life review maps, expressive writing and bioenergetics, as ways to support the journey of emotional healing through grief and loss.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 26 February, 2022; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 25 March, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Introduction to Expressive Therapies

Creative Arts-based Approaches to Counselling with Children

This highly experiential training day will provide an overview of Expressive Therapies and introduce the main modalities. It will give practical assistance in using some of the methods with children and adolescents. The day will focus on helping clients contact, recognise, release and communicate about the feelings that may be impacting on behaviour, relating and learning. Expressive Therapies provide support for young clients affected by grief and loss; those at risk of depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, and developing behavioural difficulties. There will be new ways to use drawing, writing, self-discovery worksheets, role-play, self-awareness, bioenergetics and emotional release processes.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 25 March, 2022; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Saturday 26 March, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Enhancing Self-Care & Interpersonal Effectiveness

Expressive Therapies & Mindfulness Approaches for Therapists

This program reviews the need for self-care to maintain optimal clinical effectiveness and avoid compassion fatigue and burnout. Topics covered will include: how to recognise signs of impending burn-out, and individual and organisational actions to reduce the risks.

A combination of organisational, mindfulness-based and creative arts responses to self-care will be explored, including increasing workload flexibility, simple and quick mindfulness time-out activities, use of reflective self-compassion journaling, visual arts, relaxation techniques and increasing time with nature.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 26 March, 2022; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 6 May, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Spirituality & Transpersonal Awareness in Counselling

Enhancing Client Communication through Expressive Therapies

Help your clients accept, value and communicate their existential questions and spiritual quest. This highly experiential workshop includes practical ways of supporting your spiritual self-exploration as a therapist and your therapeutic work with adult clients. There will be discussion on the relationship between religion and spirituality, and how an individual search for meaning can contribute to wellbeing.

The Expressive Therapies of using writing and art for self-reflection, symbol work, visualisation, and mindfulness will be explored. Along with some of the core concepts and history of Transpersonal Psychotherapy, there will be some practical ways of introducing meditative practice. The evidence-base for including spirituality in counselling will be reviewed.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 6 May, 2022; 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Saturday 7 May, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Navigating Resilience Pathways

Expressive Therapies to build client strengths

The APA identifies ten basic pathways to build resilience. It is notable that all these pathways could be navigated more effectively with counselling support, and equate to some of the core aims and activities of strengths-based counsellors. This workshop presents the ways counsellors act as guides, models, teachers, collaborative strategists; and provide a caring therapeutic relationship from which clients' resilience levels are bolstered.

Five central Expressive Therapies activities for counsellors to build client awareness of strengths and resilience will be introduced. Finding the most effective activities to suit each client is at the heart of pluralistic practice, and in conjunction with finding clients' multiple intelligences strengths, can lead to enhanced resilience in the face of life's challenges.


The five therapeutic activities explored in this program include:

Enhancing therapeutic connections through use of image and symbols

Supporting timeline life reviews

Helping clients find their natural intelligence strengths

Recognising, exploring and applying strengths

Gaining support through creative arts resources


SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 7 May, 2022. Fee: $245. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

Professional Development Weekend - Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May, 2022

Introduction to Mindfulness Through Expressive Therapies

Professional and Personal Development

In this highly experiential weekend workshop, you will learn multiple approaches to developing mindfulness and expressing self-awareness through creative arts activities. Mindfulness is defined as "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). For most of us, our surrounding culture in our developmental years trains us to be externally focused, and to re-visit or regret the past and worry about the future.

There are many ways to step into the present: in this workshop we explore somatic focusing, gentle movement, emotional awareness, observation of automatic thought processes, as well as ways to use the senses to arrive in the moment.

Practice with the activities, observing and sharing internal experiences, and integrating through visual art, claywork, and use of miniatures, provides confidence for both our personal quest and support of others. Mindfulness practice has been shown to lead to increases in wellbeing and therapeutic presence when we are supporting others.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Facilitator Dr Mark Pearson, 14-15 May, 2022. 9am - 4.30pm each day. Fee: $490. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

Personal Development Weekend - Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 2022

Self-Care & Self-Awareness for Carers

Expressive Therapies for Personal Development & Reflective Practice

Personal Development emphasizes a counsellor's attention to both their own wellbeing and their professional functioning. Since research indicates that the competencies of therapists are closely related to their self-awareness and ability to reflect on their practice, this workshop will explore practical, creative arts-based, methods to enhance self-awareness, self-care, and be ready to deal with our responses to our professional work.

This weekend offers immersion experiences with a range of Expressive Therapies activities for self-awareness and self-care. Join us to understand yourself in new ways, through: body focus, responding to music, therapeutic writing, symbol work, autobiographical reflection, and mindfulness moments.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Facilitators: Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson, 28 & 29 May, 2022. 9am - 4.30pm each day. Fee: $490.  For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or Helen on 0421 129 117   email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

NEW INTAKE: Starts 7 July, 2022

Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Adults

Creative & Expressive Arts for Growth & Wellbeing

15 days, 100 hours, 5 workshops, spread over 8 months

This course introduces the theories, principles, methods and evidence base for applying expressive therapies in counselling with adult clients. Using an integrative and pluralistic approach, the course weaves together creative arts therapies, person-centred therapy, emotion-focused and somatic therapies. The course is founded on transpersonal perspectives, in addition to trauma-informed sensitivity that creates a highly practical therapeutic approach, based on evidence from research and therapy room outcomes. The course combines theory, immersive experience, skills development, and review of the ET evidence base.

Theoretical foundations include Rogers' Person-centred Therapy, Transpersonal theory developed by Grof and others, Jung's Analytic Psychology, Greenberg's Emotion-focused Therapy, bio-energetics and somatic focusing, implemented through the practical creative arts activities developed by Mark and Helen over the last 35 years.


Please note the prerequisite for enrolment - completion of one of:

Self-Care & Self-Awareness for Carers: ET for Personal Development & Reflective Practice - 2 days

Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work: 12 days

Certificate in ET with Children & Adolescents: 15 days


SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi.

Trainers: Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson

WORKSHOP ONE: 7 - 9 July, 2022.

WORKSHOP TWO: 25 - 27 August, 2022

WORKSHOP THREE: 13 - 15 October, 2022

WORKSHOP FOUR: 1 - 3 December, 2022

WORKSHOP FIVE: 1 - 4 February, 2023

9am - 5pm each day. Fee: $845 per 3-day training workshop; Total: $4,225.  For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or Helen on 0421 129 117   Email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 5 August, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Expressive Therapies in Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

Creative arts for linking sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions

In this one-day experiential professional development workshop you will learn multiple creative arts-based and mindfulness ways to support clients' self-awareness and discover how their sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviours are linked. The focus will be on Expressive Therapies additions to the therapist's toolkit, including therapeutic writing, use of art, use of miniatures and somatic focus. The multiple ways ET can support integrative CBT approaches will be discussed. A number of worksheets created by the directors of ETA will be provided for: functional analysis, articulation of beliefs, problem solving and goal-setting. Relaxation activities as supports for anger management wil be explored.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 5 August, 2022. Fee: $245. For further details please refer to flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Saturday 6 August, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Expressive Therapies with Troubled & Traumatised Young Clients

A practical workshop to introduce the methods and frameworks of Expressive Therapies, and provide hands-on experience, theory, some research and case stories of counselling distressed and traumatised young clients. There will be a focus on the care needed in supporting those with long-term emotional problems or who are affected by trauma, prolonged duress stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorders.

Topics covered: trauma-informed care; expressive activities for young clients; use of therapeutic writing; use of miniatures (Symbol Work); role-play for a stronger self; use of relaxation; matching treatment to types of trauma victims; the evidence base for using client-centred, activities-based approaches.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 6 August, 2022. Fee: $245. For further details please refer to flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 9 September, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Music, Metaphor and Movement in Counselling

Creative arts support for clients of all ages

The creative arts have been identified as one way to increase emotional intelligence. In this highly experiential one-day training, you will learn multiple ways to support clients of all ages to interact with music in order to evoke deeper self-awareness and access personal metaphors associated with implicit aspects of the psyche. Responding to recorded music through visual arts, movement and selections of miniatures

You will also learn to offer rhythmic and movement-based strategies that integrate body awareness and spontaneous movement, to support client wellbeing, reflection, communication and relaxation. Other activities include: spontaneous artistic responses to music, guided imagery through music, emotional memory responses to music, and emotion processing through music making. The skills of selecting music suitable for therapy will be introduced.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 9 September, 2022. 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please refer to flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Saturday 10 September, 2022   9am - 4.30pm   $245

Dream Symbols as Doorways to Self-Knowledge

Creative arts support for adult clients

Some issues that may be presented through dreams include: current problems in day-to-day life such as significant change, loss, bereavement, tragedy; fears that are surfacing from past events; childhood trauma; re-emergence of previously disowned energies or characteristics such as assertiveness, resilience; or re-connection to spiritual life. Many clients find that in times of stress or internal crisis, their dream life becomes more active. Working with their dreams at these times may accelerate the connection with these issues.

This one-day training introduces dreamwork methods that have evolved from our practice over 30 years, and are based on both Gestalt and Jungian theory. You will explore verbal, artistic and somatic approaches, including developing a dream scene with miniatures, the psycho-dramatic role-play method, as well as free-association and active imagination processes.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 10 September, 2022. 9am - 4.30pm. Fee: $245. For further details please refer to flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

NEW INTAKE STARTS IN SEPTEMBER, 2022

Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work

With 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, and a fast-growing evidence base.

WORKSHOP 1: Foundation Skills One  Dates to be announced

WORKSHOP 2: Skills Two: From Theory to Practice 

WORKSHOP 3: Symbolic Expression, Trauma Care, and Sandplay Research 

WORKSHOP 4: Transpersonal Contexts, Supervision 

SUNSHINE COAST: Currimundi: Trainer Dr Helen Wilson, Starts in September, 2022. Each day from 9am to 5pm. Each 3-day workshop: $845; Total cost: $3,380.  For further details please request detailed flyer or call Helen 0421 129 117 or email: turnaround2@bigpond.com

 

3-DAY ADVANCED TRAINING: 22 - 24 September, 2022

Self-discovery: Symbols, Dreams & Multimodal Worksheets

Advanced Training in Expressive Therapies with Young Clients

As well as structured clinical supervision components, this three-day training expands on material from our Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents. New activities that incorporate Symbol Work, multimodal worksheets and child-friendly ways of processing dreams and nightmares are featured in this course. This training will also continue explorations of inclusive, pluralistic practice, with a focus on gaining comfort with 'creative doubt'.

Extension training for those who have completed the Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents, which is a prerequisite.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Trainer Dr Mark Pearson, 22 - 24 September, 2022. Fee: $845. For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

Personal Development Weekend - Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November, 2022

Self-Care & Self-Awareness for Carers

Expressive Therapies for Personal Development & Reflective Practice

Personal Development emphasizes a counsellor's attention to both their own wellbeing and their professional functioning. Since research indicates that the competencies of therapists are closely related to their self-awareness and ability to reflect on their practice, this workshop will explore practical, creative arts-based, methods to enhance self-awareness, self-care, and be ready to deal with our responses to our professional work.

This weekend offers immersion experiences with a range of Expressive Therapies activities for self-awareness and self-care. Join us to understand yourself in new ways, through: body focus, responding to music, therapeutic writing, symbol work, autobiographical reflection, and mindfulness moments.

SUNSHINE COAST, Currimundi: Facilitators: Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson, 19 & 20 November, 2022. 9am - 4.30pm each day. Fee: $490.  For further details please request the flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or Helen on 0421 129 117   Email: info@expressivetherapies.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 




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