Training in Bathurst, NSW



Started January 2019 - Final two workshops in early 2020



Certificate in Expressive Therapies

with Children & Adolescents


Somatic Focussed, Creative Counselling for Emotional Integration


Five 3-day workshops = 15 days spread over 7 months - Total 105 hours



Trainers and course creators: Dr Helen Wilson and Dr Mark Pearson


Developed from the material in Mark and Helen’s books:



This highly experiential course offers training in emotionally expressive methods and Inner-Life Skills that promote emotional integration, self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience in children and adolescents.  Expressive Therapies (ET) methods 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 better sense of self.


The wide range of, often playful, activities ensure 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.




Emotional Release Processes, Symbol Work, Bioenergetics, Art as Therapy, Music in Therapy, Expressive Writing, Body Focus, Visualisation, Role-Play, Relaxation and Meditation. There will be a focus on developing trust, self-discovery, emotional processing and integration.



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

   Understand the principles of emotional resolution in counselling

   Describe basic theory and neuroscience of emotional healing processes 

   Utilise a range of appropriate expressive counselling techniques

   Demonstrate a client-focussed approach to using ET

   Assess the suitability of ET strategies for individuals

   Understand and demonstrate how to plan an ET counselling session




The course consists of 15 training days, spread over 5 workshops of 3 days each - a total of 105 hrs. Students can begin at workshops 1, 2 or 3.  There are two short written assignments.  An extensive manual will be provided at each workshop.  It is strongly recommended that students keep an A3 size Process Journal that records all activities, artworks and symbol work photographs.


WORKSHOP ONE: 21 - 23 January, 2019

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


WORKSHOP TWO:  15 - 17 April, 2019

Exploring Family Issues - Processing Strong Emotions


• Exploring family of origin issues using art and symbols

• Emotional release processing:

            - supporting the resolution of grief

            - safe anger release and integration

• Bioenergetics and movement in therapy

• Expressive writing: e.g. self-discovery worksheets, sentence starters


WORKSHOP THREE: 29 - 31 May, 2019

Symbol Work, Group Work & Transforming Trauma


• Symbol Work and non-threatening communication

• Role-play for a strong sense of self

• Trauma-informed therapeutic processes

• Building resilience

• ET in group work and group dynamics

• Illustrated case stories



Balancing Emotional, Cognitive and Somatic Processes


• Foundation Principles of Expressive Therapies

• Dealing with reactivity and anger

• Body Focus - supporting somatic resolution

• Music as a therapeutic tool

• Research and background literature



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


• Approaches for teaching relaxation and centering

• Visualisation and imagination for enhancing self-esteem

• Engaging parents and carers in the therapeutic journey

• Emotional expression through bioenergetics

• Enhancing emotional stability




The course aims to equip counsellors, psychologists, social workers, guidance officers, educators, chaplains and child-care professionals to use an Expressive Therapies framework and activities with children and adolescents in their particular area of expertise. The course assumes that participants have already completed basic counselling training.  Although entrance to the course is not restricted, Certification is awarded only to participants with previous qualifications - or extensive experience - in counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, education and related professional fields.


This course is recognised for professional development points by the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association, and by the Australian Counselling Association, and a number of PACFA member associations.



Costs $845 per 3-day workshop (a discount applies for Centacare staff).

Participants can pay per workshop. Payment required to enroll, as spaces are limited.

Fee includes: tuition, extensive manual, morning and afternoon tea, and a simple lunch.

Payment can be made by direct bank deposit, or by cheque to: 

Mark Pearson & Helen Wilson  BSB: 084 435   Account No: 53 914 2379  

Book a place via the Registration Form - contact Helen on 0421 129 117 or email for a copy.




An old towel (for pastels); large art pad (A3 size); good crayons; biro; journal and/or notebook.

Wear loose comfortable casual clothing. Bring camera / iPad / phone for recording Symbol Work



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


VENUE Centacare Bathurst – 107 William Street, Bathurst, NSW. 

Phone: 0421 129 117  Thank you.


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