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

Created by Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson
In 2019 this course will be offered in: Phillip Island, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Qld., Singapore, The Czech Republic.

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over seventy years. Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive therapies, combining elements of each. Sandplay allows the deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety, and is highly effective in reducing the emotional causes behind difficult behaviours. With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method for use by established professionals. It has been used with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices. This is the most extensive training in Sandplay therapy available in Australia. Four workshops. Students must progress from workshops 1 to 4.

Workshop One:    Foundation Skills - One
Workshop Two:   Skills Two - From Theory to Practice 
(Workshop 1 is a prerequisite for workshops 2 to 4)
Workshop Three: Symbolic Expression, Dreams & Research
Workshop Four:   Transpersonal Contexts, Supervision


Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents
Somatic-Focussed, Creative Counselling for Emotional Integration

Created by Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson
In 2019 this course will be offered in: Bathurst, Cairns, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast.
This highly experiential course offers training in emotionally expressive methods and Inner-Life Skills that promote emotional integration, self-awareness and self-esteem in children and adolescents. Expressive Therapies (ET) provides substantial long-term benefits such as an increase in resilience, self-motivation, increased attention span, less aggressive behaviour and a better sense of self. The wide range of activities ensures that both clients and counsellors have increased motivation to participate. The course provides a large number of new skills that enhance the creativity of counsellors, and provide a means of making deep contact with clients. Imagine you and your clients enjoying the counselling process, quickly forming empathic bonds, and working through challenges with ease. Five workshops of three days each.

Workshop One:      Supporting Emotional Expression - Art, Music & Movement
Workshop Two:      Exploring Family Issues - Processing Strong Emotions
Workshop Three:     Symbol Work, Group Work & Transforming Trauma
Workshop Four:       Balancing Emotional, Cognitive and Somatic Processes
Workshop Five:      Inner-Life Skills for Self-Awareness & Self-Esteem


Certificate in Transpersonal Expressive Therapies with Adult Clients

Created by Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson, Revised by Jo Ablett
Future dates to be announced
Gain in-depth training in the use of proactive, experiential counselling methods with adults. Learn through action - increase confidence through blending theory and extensive skills development. Through discussion, study, experiential interaction and self-reflection you will develop both confidence with Expressive Therapies and heightened self-awareness. This course is designed for those who are drawn to a strength-based, emotion-focussed and person-centred approach. As well as preparing practitioners for a more effective support role, the course provides many opportunities for expanding self-discovery with the emotional intelligence, bringing to life use of self in a heart-centred therapeutic approach. The course introduces a range of Expressive Therapies modalities in each of the five three-day workshops. Each workshop is organised around a core topic and focuses on developing skills with several modalities.

Workshop One:    Specialised Extension Skills - Supporting Change Processes
Workshop Two:    Moving Beyond Old Patterns - Family of Origin Work
Workshop Three:  Individuation and Differentiation - Making Sense of Self
Workshop Four:    Focus on Transpersonal & Perinatal Influences
Workshop Five:    Integrative Practices & Enhancing Creativity
Created by Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson

These courses are scheduled at the request of agencies or groups

Introduction to Sandplay Therapy
This workshop will introduce the method and framework of Sandplay Therapy, as used in Expressive Therapies. Sandplay 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.
Expressive Therapies with Troubled & Traumatised Young Clients
A practical workshop to introduce the methods and frameworks of 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.
Grief, Loss & Separation - Emotion-focussed Approaches to Counselling Young Clients

This workshop looks at new ways we can help young clients 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, and expressive writing and bioenergetics as ways to support the journey of emotional healing through grief and loss.

Symbol Work - Communication, Expression, Resolution - Projective Activities with Miniatures
A practical workshop.  Symbols can be used to increase communication, activate creativity, clarify cognition, process emotions and enhance problem-solving. Learn to use a collection of miniature toys to support clients to open up, symbolise their inner world, talk about self and resolve issues.  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.
The Body as a Doorway to Healing - Somatic-Focussed Expressive Therapies
Learn to use clues from the body to help young clients understand and heal their inner world. 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.
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.

Contact the Institute for details: 
Mark Pearson Phone 0419 492 713

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