Expressive Therapies Australia - Expressive Therapies


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Morning and afternoon refreshments provided. BYO lunch.

ONE DAY TRAINING: 10 May, 2024  9am – 4.30pm   $285

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-focused processes, and with somatic awareness.

Trainer Dr Mark Pearson.  

ONE-DAY TRAINING: 11 May, 2024  9am - 4.30pm  $285

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.  Trainer: Dr Mark Pearson

ONE DAY TRAINING: 19 July, 2024   9am - 4.30pm   $285

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.  

Trainer Dr Mark Pearson. 

ONE DAY TRAINING: Friday 1 November, 2024

Finding Freedom from the Inner Critic

Increasing Self-Compassion

This highly practical training offers creative arts-based and self-reflective approaches for identifying and disempowering automatic negative thoughts critical of the self. The Expressive Therapy tools of visual art, symbol work, self-discovery worksheets, emotion-focused role-play and dialoguing with parts, will be introduced. Along with mindfulness and self-compassion practice, we will explore understanding of, and separation from, self-criticism. This day for therapy professionals, while focused on supporting adult clients, provides much that can also be applied with younger clients.

VENUE: 137 Sutton St., Redcliffe. Trainer Dr Mark Pearson. Fee: $285. For further details please refer to flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email:

ONE-DAY TRAIING: 2 November, 2024  9am to 4.30pm  $285

Introduction to Expressive Therapies with Adult Clients

- Expressive Arts for Growth & Wellbeing

Trainer: Dr Mark Pearson

This training is designed to introduce a specialised approach for counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists and those who support mental health and wellbeing of adult clients. It introduces the theories, principles, and methods 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. For many adult clients, identity, spirituality, meaning and purpose may be areas of concern: ways to explore these concerns will be explored in this training.

Modalities explored: Symbol Work (miniatures), Creative arts worksheets, Therapeutic writing for self-reflection, Music and rhythm for emotional and somatic reconnection.

VENUE: 137 Sutton St., Redcliffe. Trainer Dr Mark Pearson. Fee: $285. For further details please refer to flyer, and for the Registration Form call Mark 0419 492 713 or email:

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