Therapies in Groupwork
An 8-week Emotional Literacy, Wellbeing &
Three-day courses for
conducting group programs
Presented and Created by Dr
Level One Junior 7 - 9 yrs
- 27 August, 2022
Level Two Middle School 10 - 14 years
- 24 September, 2022
3-day courses will teach you to use the practical eight-week Expressive
Therapies groupwork programs. Both the Junior and Middle-School programs are
multiple intelligence approaches to supporting children, based on the theories
and activities of Expressive Therapies. There is a particular focus on knowing
self, enhancing communication and group bonding. Both levels of Innerspace
support children: with emotional or behavioural challenges; affected by grief
and loss; at risk of depression; with relational difficulties; with low
young people expand their self-understanding; improve interpersonal
effectiveness; develop the skills of self-reflection, emotional support and
empathic communication. These programs present new ways to foster resilience
and mental wellbeing in students.
programs use a range of proven personal development and inner-life skills-building
techniques, such as: writing, emotional literacy tools, emotional and somatic
mapping, responding to music, bioenergetics, relaxation skills, imagination and
self-esteem activities, visualisation and self-discovery worksheets.
training is for Counsellors, Guidance Officers, Social Workers, Teacher Aides,
Support Consultants, Teachers, Psychologists, Chaplains, Youth Workers
feelings of isolation
metaphor for better communication
up and share their concerns
more supportive peer bonds
emotional self-care skills
methods in the programs are effective for groupwork, one-on-one support, or
classroom application. At the end of the three-day training, you will be able
to apply practical activities to help young people reflect, feel and care about
self and others.
has proven effective in developing emotional literacy, helping students
overcome difficulties, and increasing prosocial behaviour (Zigterman, 2010,
University of Southern Queensland). Help your clients and students expand their
self-understanding; improve interpersonal effectiveness; develop the skills of
self-reflection, emotional support and empathic communication. These programs
present new ways to foster resilience and mental wellbeing.
The Statement of Attendance awarded is a license for you to copy
the Student Workbook and conduct the program.
for each 3-day training. Includes refreshments, a facilitator's guide, and a license
to copy student workbook. With each training you will get a Facilitator's
Guide, Student Workbook, digital Workbook Master copy.
to 5pm each day, last day ends 4pm.
Expressive Therapies Training & Consulting
Rooms, Units 8 and 9, (upstairs) 2 Coora Crescent, Currimundi, Sunshine Coast,
Mark created the first edition of Innerspace in 2006,
and it has been trialled and developed, with hundreds of students in
Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Auckland. Increases in confidence and prosocial
behaviour are the most often reported outcomes.
an Innerspace facilitator:
lot of the activities allow the children to interact. Innerspace allows them to
feel valued and safe, because their input is really important. They're
encouraged in ways that are child-friendly. I think that it helps them then
feel that they're sharing is valuable and important and wanted. A couple of the
children who come, often will sit back, initially they're more withdrawn in
their presentation than other children. But we often see by week four, some of
those kids are really starting to be a little bit more confident. You see them,
instead of sitting and slouching, they're sitting a bit more upright and
smiling and you think, yes, you're doing okay now.
Comments on the Training
course was very helpful. I like the way it was presented. It is an excellent
program to use with children. I liked its flexibility. - Peter Shaw, Classroom Teacher, GYMPIE
trainer had a relaxed manner, gave us time to participate, but also kept the
group going. The Facilitator's Guide was very clear and the Student Workbook
well set out. There is a great need for this!
- Kerri Keppel, Visiting Special Education Teacher, QUEENSLAND
course was thought-provoking and motivating. I can see relevance to my work in
the classroom and am eager to begin with my students. The program had good
progression and flowed easily. - Debby
Garrett, Primary Teacher, GYMPIE.
to doing this workshop I was aware of some of the techniques - music, drawing,
relaxation, visualisation, etc. - this program has put them all together. Thank
you. - Bernice Webster, Advisory
Visiting Teacher, QUEENSLAND
would just like to thank you Mark for sharing your expertise with is. There is
such a huge need for children in our schools in today's society, to be able to
get in touch with their emotions and become resilient. This is a great tool to
help empower the children. I can't wait to try this out with my special ed.
kids. - Lynette Walsh, Head of Special Education, GYMPIE
course helps with personal reflectiveness. It confirmed a lot of what I believe
helps kids and that in education we need to incorporate these expressions of
inner creativity. - Josephine Frost, Learning Support Teacher, GYMPIE
thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program. Creating that "Innerspace"
for children who have difficult lives is important. Schools need this to offer
hope to students. - Intha Chetty - Literacy Teacher - Special Ed, MELBOURNE.
course was extremely beneficial and enlightening for me. The workbook was very
clear. - Michelle Beirouti, Psychologist, MELBOURNE
am excited to be able to take this program back to my school and practice it
with confidence engendered to me from Mark's experience. - Julie Reiher,
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