Expressive Therapies in Groupwork


An 8-week Emotional Literacy, Wellbeing & Resilience Program


Three-day courses for conducting group programs

Presented and Created by Dr Mark Pearson


Level One   Junior  7 - 9 yrs

25 - 27 August, 2022


Level Two   Middle School  10 - 14 years

22 - 24 September, 2022


These 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 self-esteem.

Help 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.

These 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.


This training is for Counsellors, Guidance Officers, Social Workers, Teacher Aides,

Behaviour Support Consultants, Teachers, Psychologists, Chaplains, Youth Workers


Help young people:

Develop emotional literacy

Resolve feelings of isolation

Experience imagination

Use metaphor for better communication

Learn to de-stress

Open up and share their concerns

Form more supportive peer bonds

Develop emotional self-care skills


The 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.


Innerspace 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 and use

the Student Workbook and conduct the program.


COST:  $885 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.

TIMES:  9am to 5pm each day, last day ends 4pm.

VENUE: Expressive Therapies Training & Consulting Rooms, Units 8 and 9, (upstairs) 2 Coora Crescent, Currimundi, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 

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.


From an Innerspace facilitator:

A 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

The 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


The 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


The 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.


Prior 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


I 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


This 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


I 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.


This course was extremely beneficial and enlightening for me. The workbook was very clear. - Michelle Beirouti, Psychologist, MELBOURNE


I 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, Chaplain, MELBOURNE.



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