Expressive Therapies Australia - Expressive Therapies

Sunshine Coast

One-Day Training Events 2024

With Dr Mark Pearson


Please ask for our detailed flyers and Registration Forms

Sunshine Coast programs are offered at the Sage Counselling Sanctuary at Tanawha. 

Morning and afternoon refreshments provided. BYO lunch.


For further details please request a detailed flyer. For Registration Forms

call Mark 0419 492 713 or email:


ONE DAY TRAINING: Thursday 7 March, 2024   9am - 4.30pm   $285

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.


ONE DAY TRAINING: Thursday 15 August, 2024   9am - 4.30pm   $285

Expressive Therapies in Trauma Recovery with 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 distressed and traumatised young clients. 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. Topics covered: trauma-informed care; expressive activities for young clients; use of therapeutic writing; use of miniatures (Symbol Work); role-play for a stronger self; use of relaxation; matching treatment to types of trauma victims; the evidence base for using client-centred, activities-based approaches.



ONE DAY TRAINING: Thursday 17 October, 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-focussed processes, and with somatic awareness.



ONE DAY: Thursday, 16 October, 2024  $285

Exploring Mindfulness Through Expressive Therapies

In this highly experiential professional and personal development training, you will learn multiple approaches to developing mindfulness and expressing self-awareness through creative arts activities. Mindfulness is defined as "paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). There are many ways to step into the present: in this workshop we explore somatic focusing, gentle movement, emotional awareness, observation of automatic thought processes, as well as ways to use the senses to arrive in the moment. A feature of the program is integrating mindful practice through writing, visual art, and use of provides confidence for both our personal quest and support of others. Mindfulness has been shown to lead to increases in wellbeing and therapeutic presence when we are supporting others.


Contact Mark: 

Phone: 0419 492 713


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