These programs are also made available on request for various agencies, educational institutions, professional groups, etc. 
They can be tailored to your organisation's needs. 

For details of costs please contact the Director: Mark Pearson 
phone 0419 492 713 or info @

Symbol Work - Communication, Expression, Resolution  - Projective Activities with Miniatures

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 symbols with art, with movement, with life narratives, with emotional release, and with somatic awareness. This is a practical workshop in which you’ll learn to use a collection of miniature toys to support clients to open up, symbolise their inner world, talk about self and resolve issues.

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 with  Expressive Therapies.  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.

Some topics covered: expressive activities for young clients, use of symbol work, emotional release, art and role play, building bridges between explicit and implicit memory, matching treatment to types of trauma victims, the value of a client-centred activities-based approach.

Working Through Anger and Frustration                          - 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, emotional release exercises 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 release work and supporting integration. These approaches have been developed from psychodynamic theory, and support young clients to resolve underlying emotional issues impacting negatively on behaviour and cognition.

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.

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy 

This workshop will introduce the method and psychological framework of Sandplay Therapy, as used in Expressive Therapies. Although fairly new to Australia, Sandplay has been used around the world since 1930. It has been found to be very effective in gaining insight into emotional problems and helping with the release of emotional stress. We combine Jungian and Gestalt approaches to working with the client's arrangement of miniature figures in a sandtray, to enhance personal development and to depth counselling sessions. Sandplay can provide a new means for supporting 'non-verbal thinking' and emotional growth.

Sandplay can be a bridge between the conscious mind and the unconscious levels of the psyche. It can help explore and resolve a specific emotional crisis, gain clarity from conflicting thoughts and feelings, help establish new self-esteem, connect to imagination and creativity, and provide a way to express feelings, hopes and new directions.

Introduction to Expressive Therapies
New Approaches to Counselling with Children

This highly experiential training day will provide both an overview of Expressive Therapies and 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.

The Body as a Doorway to Healing 
Somatic-Focussed Expressive Therapies
Focussing on the body, its sensations, feelings and energies enables clients to enhance their therapeutic gains, achieve clearer cognition and establish a more rewarding relationship to the life of their emotions.
This workshop will introduce the use of sensory art, body focus techniques, use of movement through bioenergetics and valuable relaxation techniques.
In it you will learn to use clues from the body to help young clients understand and heal their inner world.

Applying Multiple Intelligences Theory and Practice

~ Using Expressive Therapies with Adult Clients

This program will equip you to include the multiple intelligences framework and activities in your professional work, according to your assessment of client needs and intelligence preferences. 

This training provides:
- an overview of MI theory and its relevance to counselling,
- familiarity with the scale for assessing counsellors' and clients' preferred intelligences,
- practical counselling activities that utilise each of the intelligences,
- and a framework to consider a client's intelligence profile in planning treatment.

Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) - first published in 1983 - delineates 8 (possibly 9) distinct intelligences, each one representing a different way that clients can communicate and learn. The main 7 intelligences will be used in this program. The practical counselling activities presented during the MI training were previously designed by the trainer and colleagues, and have been tested and published. The training includes use of a questionnaire to inform counsellors about their own preferred intelligences and to assess their clients' intelligence preferences. 

For requests to have these programs conducted for your organisation  contact Mark: Ph 0419 492 713
or email: info @


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