Expressive Therapies - Expressive Therapies



Certificate in Emotion - Focused & Transpersonal Expressive Therapies with Adult Clients


Specialised Extension Skills - Supporting Change Processes


Widen your skills base!   Expand your creativity!

Deepen your knowledge and work more effectively!


Five 3-day workshops = 15 days   105 hours over 9 months

Recognised by the Australian Counselling Association


Course creator and trainer: Mark Pearson


Developed from the material in the trainer’s books:

From Healing To Awakening (1991), The Healing Journey (2007/1997), Sandplay & Symbol Work (2001)


Expand your creativity. Gain in-depth training in the use of proactive, experiential counselling methods with adults. Learn through action - increase confidence through blending theory and extensive skills development. Through discussion, study, experiential interaction and self-reflection you will develop both confidence with Expressive Therapies and heightened self-awareness. Enhance your support and self-care skills.


This Certificate course is designed for those who are drawn to a strength-based, emotion-focussed and person-centred approach. As well as preparing practitioners for a more effective support role, the course provides many opportunities for expanding self-discovery with the emotional intelligence, bringing to life use of self in a heart-centred therapeutic approach.


The course introduces a range of Expressive Therapies modalities in each workshop. Each workshop is organised around a core topic and focuses on developing skills with several modalities.



Expressive Counselling Methods; Expressive and Reflective Writing; Process Drawing; Mandala Artwork; Emotional Release Processes; Individuation and Differentiation Processes; Bioenergetics; Symbol Work; Visualisation; Self-Awareness.


The trainer’s perspective on counselling utilises an experiential growth-focussed approach that aims to empower clients and counsellors through a high degree of acceptance and a wide choice of counselling techniques. The philosophy of the course and methods are in keeping with the principles of Person-centred and Transpersonal approaches, where the client’s personal meaning-making is highly valued. Trust in the healing mechanisms of the client’s psyche, and providing a wide range of healing methods, is central to Expressive Therapies.     




This course offers the opportunity to gain valuable skills and a wider conceptual framework for one-to-one support of adult counselling and psychotherapy clients using expressive methods. These methods increase creativity and effectiveness in agency counselling and in private practice. The program also provides a rich experience of the inner world and healing experiences that can enhance participants’ personal and relational effectiveness. Practitioners' growth has a direct influence on clients' growth. Developing deeper self-awareness greatly improves the way we relate professionally, and care for ourselves personally.




The course consists of fifteen training days, scheduled as five workshops of three days each - a total of 105 hours over about nine months. There are two written assignments. An extensive, loose-leaf manual will be provided at each workshop. A Book of Readings will also be provided during the course. It is recommended that students keep an A3 size Process Journal that records all activities.


WORKSHOP ONE:  3 days   12 – 14 March, 2008

Exploring Emotions


·         Overview of ET and the psychodynamic paradigm

·         Client-centred therapeutic skills

·         Multiple Intelligences in counselling

·         Client self-awareness and emotional mapping

·         Emotional processing: expressive writing and art

·         Introducing emotional release activities

·         Contraindications for emotionally activating activities


WORKSHOP TWO:  3 days   14 – 16 May, 2008

Moving Beyond Old Patterns – Family of Origin Work


·         Exploring family of origin issues - using art and symbols

·         Healing inner child scripts – reducing reactivity

·         Moving beyond family patterns in relationships

·         Emotional release facilitation skills

·         Expressive writing, emotional release processes and symbol work.


WORKSHOP THREE:  3 days   4 – 6 July, 2008

Individuation and Differentiation – Making Sense of Self


·         Client empowerment paradigms

·         The psychology of the selves – transforming the Inner Critic

·         Differentiation Processes – developing awareness and clarity

·         Jung’s Framework for the Individuation Journey

·         The mechanisms of repression and emotional healing


WORKSHOP FOUR:  3 days   5 – 7 September, 2008

Focus on Transpersonal and Perinatal Influences


·         The Inward Arc - Spirituality in counselling

·         Brief history of transpersonal psychotherapy

·         Perinatal influences on the psyche, and on relationships

·         Working with transpersonal issues – conceptual frameworks

·         Introduction to meditative practices for clients


WORKSHOP FIVE:  3 days   4 - 6 November, 2008

Integrative Practices and Enhancing Creativity


·         Research on ET, emotion-focussed and transpersonal practice

·         Visualisation and imagination for enhancing self-esteem

·         Integration practices – mandala art, reflection, relaxation

·         Creative session planning, self-care, and supervision

·         Creating the ideal therapeutic environment




The course aims to equip counsellors, therapists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains and welfare professionals to use the Expressive Therapies framework and exercises with adult clients 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.




These include the completion of two short written assignments and attendance at all training days. It is a principle of Expressive Therapies that facilitators personally experience the exercises they will use with clients in order to present them safely and confidently. Be prepared for a rich and intense time of professional and personal development.




Pearson, M. (2007 / 1997). The Healing Journey – A workbook for self-discovery – Revised 2nd Edition.  Brisbane: Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia.


            Pearson, M. & Wilson, H. (2001). Sandplay & Symbol Work - Emotional Healing & Personal Development with Children, Adolescents & Adults.  Melbourne: ACER Press.





Expressive Therapies (ET) is a blend of experiential personal growth (developmental) and counselling (therapeutic) methods, developed in Australia by Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson, and others, since 1987, which support the emotional healing of adults, adolescents and children. Formerly called Emotional Release Counselling, it includes a range of approaches that explore the underlying causes behind many of the conflicts in our lives. ET helps clients access a wider range of intrapersonal skills and resources. These approaches cooperate with the natural movement within the psyche towards wholeness - the process Jung called ‘individuation’. ET uses a number of modalities that help bring awareness to, and release of, the emotional causes of present problems.


ET is an invitational, self-discovery approach, encouraging insights and change from within the client. The methods and attitudes are client-centred; recognition and value is given to the significance of the client’s personal interpretations and meanings. The processes have been developed from an expanded understanding of the psyche, with an evolving research base, founded on the tradition of creative arts therapies and particularly Jungian, Gestalt and Transpersonal Psychology.




2008 cost $685 per 3-day workshop   Registration deposit $200

Includes: tuition, manual, Book of Readings, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, GST.



An old towel; Process Journal – a large art pad (A3 size); good crayons; biro; journal and/or notebook; folder for loose-leaf manual. Wear loose comfortable casual clothing. Bring camera for recording Symbol Work.



9am - 5pm; last day ends 4pm.


2008 DATES - Brisbane


WORKSHOP 1:  12 – 14 March             

WORKSHOP 2:  14 – 16 May

WORKSHOP 3:  4 – 6 July

WORKSHOP 4:  5 – 7 September

WORKSHOP 5:  4 - 6 November




Gumtree Gardens

99 Gumtree St (off Persse Rd.), Runcorn

Accommodation available at venue, phone Jennifer: 0411 866 169.





Carl Jung (1964) stated that no textbook can teach psychology; one learns only by actual experience. Completing the Expressive Therapies course provided an experiential learning environment that assisted me to reconnect with my intuitive wisdom which now guides my academic knowledge in my psychological practice.

- Carol Farnell  - Psychologist, Expressive Therapist - Brisbane


The combination of consistent focus on self healing within the framework of sound theory, extensive integration and support, has resulted in measurable change. The integrity of the teaching, the absence of ego, the emphasis on balancing the aspects of holistic humanity, (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), the environment of emotional safety, the experience of the facilitators; the proven course format; the concepts of a strength-based philosophy and the notion of learning by doing; these are some of the attributes that make this course life-changing both personally and as a therapist.  - Georgie Hovey – Counsellor and Therapist - Victoria


A time of awakening to myself, finding an energy and enthusiasm for life that I've not experienced before I embarked on this journey of self-discovery through Expressive Therapies.  It's been the hugest challenge of my life, but well worth the effort.  And the journey has just begun....

- Jo Glenday - Workplace Trainer - Sydney




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