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One Day Workshops - Counselling with Children (002)


Introducing Expressive Therapies with Children & Adolescents


New skills   Transformative learning   Enhanced creativity   Effective Outcomes


1-day workshops   9am to 4.30pm   6.5 hours

Approved for Professional Development requirements by ACA and CAPA

All materials supplied, extensive manuals, full catering

Statements of Attendance issued

TRAINERS: Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson


Symbol Work – Communication, Expression, Resolution

Projective Activities with Miniatures

A practical workshop using projective techniques developed in Australia over the last twenty years. Learn to use a collection of miniature toys 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 symbols with art, with movement, with life narratives, with emotional release, and with somatic awareness. There will be a short survey of research and literature on the use of images, projective techniques and Expressive Therapies. There will be input on the use of reflective questioning techniques and gathering an appropriate miniature collection.


Brisbane: 6 February, 2008

Sydney: 10 July, 2008

Melbourne: 10 April, 2008



The Body as a Doorway to Healing

Somatic-Focussed Expressive Therapies

Learn to use clues from the body to help young clients understand and heal their inner world. Focussing on the body, its sensations, feelings and energies enables clients to enhance their therapeutic gains, achieve clearer cognition and establish a more rewarding relationship to the life of their emotions. This workshop will introduce the use of sensory art, body focus techniques, use of movement through bioenergetics and valuable relaxation techniques.


Melbourne: 31 October, 2008



Expressive Therapies with Troubled & Traumatised 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 with  Expressive Therapies.  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.


Some topics covered: expressive activities for young clients, use of symbol work, emotional release, art and role play, building bridges between explicit and implicit memory, matching treatment to types of trauma victims, the value of a client-centred activities-based approach.


Sydney: 10 October, 2008

Melbourne: 27 August, 2008



Grief, Loss & Separation

Emotion-focussed Approaches to Counselling Young Clients

Many children and adolescents encounter feelings of grief. Many have had to deal with an issue of loss and separation, whether that loss came through a disability, an accident, the onset of illness, a major change in life, a sense of isolation, separation from - or loss of - someone close to them. This workshop looks at new ways we can help them address any unfinished feelings carried over from past events that may be impacting on current behaviour.


We will explore emotional release activities, symbol work, self-discovery worksheets and life review maps, expressive writing and bioenergetics, as ways to support the journey of emotional healing through grief and loss.


Brisbane:  13 August, 2008



Safe Anger Release with Young Clients

This highly experiential introductory day will model practical ways of dealing with anger, frustration, and the disruptive acting-out of children and adolescents.


Expressive Therapy tools such as drawing, bioenergetics, emotional release exercises and relaxation will be introduced. As well as presenting the framework and principles of Expressive Therapies, there will be a focus on understanding symbolic expression of anger, bringing closure after release work and supporting integration. These approaches have been developed from psychodynamic theory, and support young clients to resolve underlying emotional issues impacting negatively on behaviour and cognition.


Brisbane: 23 January, 2008



Introduction to Sandplay Therapy

This workshop will introduce the method and psychological framework of Sandplay Therapy, as used in Expressive Therapies. Although fairly new to Australia, Sandplay has been used around the world since 1930. It has been found to be very effective in gaining insight into emotional problems and helping with the release of emotional stress. We combine Jungian and Gestalt approaches to working with the client’s arrangement of miniature figures in a sandtray, to enhance personal development and to depth counselling sessions. Sandplay can provide a new means for supporting ‘non-verbal thinking’ and emotional growth.


Sandplay can be a bridge between the conscious mind and the unconscious levels of the psyche. It can help explore and resolve a specific emotional crisis, gain clarity from conflicting thoughts and feelings, help establish new self-esteem, connect to imagination and creativity, and provide a way to express feelings, hopes and new directions.


New locations to be announced soon

TIMES:  9am to 4.30pm


BRING:  All materials supplied. Wear comfortable casual clothes.

Bring camera for recording Symbol Work or Sandplay.


FEES: 2008 cost $195 per day

Includes: all materials, tuition, manual, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, GST.





Marymount Conference Centre  36 David Rd. Castle Hill



Gumtree Gardens 99 Gumtree St. (off Persse) Runcorn



Hearthaven Centre   Suite 6 (upstairs) McAdam Shopping Arcade 

Plymouth Rd. Croydon



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