Art Therapy: Experiential Workshop for Professionals and Carers Working with Children and Teenagers

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Facilitated by John O┬┤Malley (Art Psychotherapist) and Dainne Nic Aoidh (Art Psychotherapist) MA, BA, MIACAT, ANCAD

Date: 20th of September
Time: 9am-5pm
CPD Approved: 5 points

This course offers an introduction to Art Psychotherapy for both individuals and groups. This workshop provides a valuable opportunity for insight and regeneration through a psychoanalytic approach to working with materials and the psyche, enhancing self-development and personal growth as well as group interaction and interpretation. The workshop highlights the effectiveness of this powerful therapeutic tool and empowers attendees with new insight and skills in this arena.

The course is targeted at mental health practitioners and students, psychologists, social workers, teachers and artists who are interested in and want to use the expressive potential of art making in the course of their emotional contact with the people they work with. The skills gained by participants can be adapted to and incorporated in many work spheres. The knowledge and experience gained does not enable the participant to practice as an Art Therapist.
Course Contents
An experiential introduction to art materials and art making processes and art therapy.

Exploration of a large variety of art making materials such as brought/found objects, sand play, clay, paint, drawing and collage.

The creation of a safe space, through working developmentally with materials and the group process.

Theoretical and experiential understanding of applied art therapy work with individuals and groups.

Weaving a psychoanalytical framework into processes of image making, exploring concepts including containment, holding, free association, etc.

Explorations of directive and non- directive ways of working.

Time Table of Workshop

9am-9.30am:
Meet and greet.

9.30-11.45am:
Introduction to Art Therapy experiential and theoretical practices: Implementation and use of techniques and materials in order to open non verbal dialogue with young person, building relationships through creative processes and use of active listening techniques.

11.45-12pm:
Tea break

12pm-1pm:
Experiential practice: Exploring the use of directive and non directive creative processes when working with children and adolescents.

1pm-2pm:
Lunch

2pm-3pm:
Weaving a psychoanalytical framework into processes of image making, exploring concepts including containment, holding and free association.

3pm-3.15pm:
Tea break

3.15pm-4pm
The creation of a safe space, through working developmentally with materials and the group processes.

4pm-5pm
Caring for the carer: Use of mindfulness, self expression and reflection through a group art therapeutic exercise promoting insight and self care.