Facilitated by John O´Malley (Art Psychotherapist) and Dainne Nic Aoidh (Art Psychotherapist) MA, BA, MIACAT, ANCAD
Date: 20th of September
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.
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
Meet and greet.
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.
Experiential practice: Exploring the use of directive and non directive creative processes when working with children and adolescents.
Weaving a psychoanalytical framework into processes of image making, exploring concepts including containment, holding and free association.
The creation of a safe space, through working developmentally with materials and the group processes.
Caring for the carer: Use of mindfulness, self expression and reflection through a group art therapeutic exercise promoting insight and self care.