Expressive Therapies Australia - Expressive Therapies

Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children & Adolescents

Somatic & Emotion Focused, Creative Arts-based

Counselling for Emotional Integration


Redcliffe (Moreton Bay) - Starts 13 February, 2025

Singapore - Starts 25 November, 2024

Trainer: Dr Mark Pearson

100 hours. Five 3-day training workshops, 15 days over 6 months

You can start at Workshop 1, 2 or 3

Emotional Literacy Activities, Emotion-focused and Resilience-building Processes, Symbol Work for Enhanced Communication, Somatic Self-expression, Art and Music in Counselling, Therapeutic Writing, Body Focus, Visualisation, Role-Play, Relaxation and Mindfulness.

This highly experiential course offers training in creative arts-based, emotionally expressive methods and Inner-Life Skills that promote emotional integration, self-awareness and resilience in children and adolescents. 

Approved for CPD points by ACA and PACFA

The activities in the course are used with children from 6 to 19 years. Research and supervision reports indicate that ET provides substantial long-term benefits such as an increase in resilience, self-motivation, increased attention span, less aggressive behaviour and a stronger sense of self.

This style of Expressive Therapies integrates many person-centred, psychodynamic, attachment, emotion and somatic-focused activities, and is based on the framework and methods of Jungian, Gestalt, Emotion-focused and Transpersonal Therapy, as well as the long history of creative arts therapies.

The course consists of 15 training days, spread over 5 workshops of 3 days each - a total of 100 hrs. Students can begin at workshops 1, 2 or 3.  There are two short written assignments.  An extensive training manual will be provided at each workshop, as well as a digital Book of Readings.  It is strongly recommended that students keep an A3 size Process Journal that records all activities, artworks, outcomes, and symbol work photographs.


Course requirements

These include the completion of two short written assignments and attendance at all training days.  It is a principle of Expressive Therapies that therapists personally experience the activities they will use with clients so as to be able to present them safely and confidently. Be prepared for a rich time of professional and personal development.

ET is an activity-based, invitational, self-discovery approach, encouraging insights and change from within the client.  The methods and attitudes are client-centred; recognition and value are given to the significance of the client’s personal interpretations and meanings. The activities have been developed from an expanded understanding of therapeutic approaches, with a rapidly evolving research base.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

Understand the principles of emotional resolution in counselling

Describe basic theory of emotion-focused processes

Utilise a range of appropriate expressive counselling techniques

Demonstrate a client-focused approach to using ET

Assess the suitability of ET strategies for individuals

Understand and demonstrate how to plan an ET counselling session


Course requirements



3 days   13 - 15 February, 2025

Supporting Emotional Expression - Art, Music & Movement

Theoretical background for client-centred practice

Multiple Intelligences in counselling

New ways to help clients talk about themselves

Developing trust and encouraging interest in self-discovery

Introducing emotional processing methods

Use of drawing for expressive release and integration

Contraindications for emotionally activating activities



3 days   27 - 29 March, 2025

Exploring Family Issues - Processing Strong Emotions

Exploring family of origin issues using art and Symbol Work (miniatures)

Emotion-focused processes:

          - supporting the resolution of grief

          - safe anger release and integration

Bioenergetics and somatic-self-expression

Expressive writing and worksheets for expression and integration



3 days   8 - 10 May, 2025

Symbol Work, Group Work & Transforming Trauma

Symbol Work and non-threatening communication

Role-play with miniatures for a strong sense of self

Trauma-informed therapeutic processes

Building resilience

ET in group work and group dynamics

Illustrated case stories



3 days   19 - 21 June, 2025

Balancing Emotional, Cognitive and Somatic Processes

Reviewing Foundation Principles of Expressive Therapies

Emotion-focused processes: Dealing with reactivity and anger

Body Focus - enhancing somatic resolution

Music as a therapeutic tool

Research and background literature



3 days   11 - 13 September, 2025

Inner-Life Skills for Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem

Approaches for teaching relaxation and mindfulness

New possibilities through visualisation and imagination

Engaging parents and carers in the therapeutic process

Somatic self-expression through bioenergetics

Enhancing emotional stability



FEES:  $895 per 3-day training workshop; total $4,375. Participants can pay per workshop. Payment required to enroll, as spaces are limited. Fee includes: tuition, extensive manual, book of readings, morning and afternoon tea. BYO lunch.

Book a place via the Registration Form - contact Mark on 0419 492 713 or email for a copy.



An old towel (for artwork with pastels); large art pad/process journal (A3 size); good crayons; biro; notebook. Wear loose comfortable casual clothing. Bring camera / iPad / phone for recording Symbol Work.


TIMES  9am - 5pm each day, last day ends at 4pm.


Expressive Therapies Training & Consulting Rooms

137 Sutton Street


For Details:  Phone Mark: 0419 492 713


Pearson, M. & Nolan, P. (2004). Emotional Release for Children - Repairing the Past, Preparing the Future.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Pearson, M. (2004). Emotional Healing & Self-Esteem - Inner-Life Skills of Relaxation, Visualisation and Meditation - for Children & Adolescents.  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

Pearson, M., & Wilson, H. (2009). Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind, Body and Emotion. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


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The course was extremely helpful - it has been for me the most fulfilling training I have done.  Cobi van der Es, Gympie Women's Health Service, GYMPIE.


The course has been life-changing - both professionally and personally. A highlight of the course was discovering creative and innovative ways of working. I am more tuned in to my intuitiveness, and holding the space, without having to intervene - words are not always necessary!  Sue Boggan - family counsellor, VICTORIA.


The course was truly life changing for me, both personally and professionally.  I have a greater understanding of emotions, identity, the Self and how deep healing can occur within ourselves and children.  Jodie Cicaji, psychologist MELBOURNE


My confidence has grown. I am happy now to try new activities and to make changes to suit the needs of children. ET is infectious, and I want to know so much more. This feels the right thing to be doing. It marries with Art Therapy well.  Liz Kinnane - Art Therapist / Counsellor, MELBOURNE


A highlight was the various activities which are extremely creative and therapeutic in nature and very apt for children and youths. Highly valuable for professional - and very much in personal - development. Nooraini Mohamed Razak, counsellor, SINGAPORE


The course very much emphasised self-experiencing. It provides sufficient practices that actually prepares participants to apply in real cases with much confidence. I truly enjoyed the course, the things we did and the interpersonal warmth of the trainers. Chia Wee Pheng, SINGAPORE

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